Château d'Yquem Sauternes
117 Ratings
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117 Ratings
Château d'Yquem Sauternes

Wine Details

Region

FranceBordeaux

Wine Description

(From 2008 Vintage) There is a lovely purity to the fruit and clear botrytis concentration, if less than in the great years. Has all the hallmarks of a fine, elegant Yquem. A very polished, well-presented sample.

Winemaker's Notes

The 1997's light gold color is accompanied a gorgeous perfume of caramel, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and smoky wood. Full-bodied and unctuously-textured, with good underlying acidity as well as loads of sweetness and glycerin, it looks to be a great vintage for this renowned Sauternes estate.

Region

BordeauxFrance

The 1997's light gold color is accompanied a gorgeous perfume of caramel, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and smoky wood. Full-bodied and unctuously-textured, with good underlying acidity as well as loads of sweetness and glycerin, it looks to be a great vintage for this renowned Sauternes estate.

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    A sensational Yquem, 1997 may be this estate's finest effort since 1990. The 1997's light gold colour is accompanied a gorgeous perfume of caramel, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and smoky wood. Full-bodied and unctuous-textured, with good underlying acidity as well as loads of sweetness and glycerin, it looks to be a great vintage for this renowned Sauternes estate. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2055. (Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #146, April 2003)

    4 months
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    cantelope, honey, honeysuckle

    almost 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2005 Vintage) Rating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/30/06
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 01/01/2010
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 06/21/2014
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2003 Vintage) "Intense aromas of pineapple, honey, vanilla and apple pie. Full-bodied, with rich fruit that gives a cream, pineapple and honey character, yet the wine is compacted and reserved. Long and lively. This has more of a kick at the end compared with the 2001, but the 2001 has the edge still with its racy acidity. Who knows? Could be another 100-pointer; could even be better than the 2001. Score range: 95-100 - JS" The Wine Spectator Also scored 94-96 Points Robert Parker - no tasting note given
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/31/2006