1997 Château d'Yquem Sauternes
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116 Ratings
1997 Château d'Yquem Sauternes

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.

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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)

    28 days
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    cantelope, honey, honeysuckle

    over 3 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (From 1990 Vintage) "1990: An extraordinary effort, Yquem's 1990 is a rich and fabulously superb, sweet wine. This wine also possesses lots of elegance and finesse. The wine's medium gold color is accompanied by an exceptionally sweet nose of honeyed tropical fruits, peaches, coconut, and apricots. High quality, subtle toasty oak is well-integrated. The wine is massive on the palate, with layers of intensely ripe botrytis-tinged, exceptionally sweet fruit. Surprisingly well-integrated acidity, and a seamless, full-b...
  • Decanter
    (From 1983 Vintage) Rating: 0/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Gold; rich burnished barley sugar nose, powerful, oaky, almost caramelly; rich, sweet, firm, acidity, highly concentrated, barley sugar and raisiny tones, stewed apricots; very good length.
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 06/21/2014
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 01/01/2010
  • Decanter
    (From 1986 Vintage) Rating: 0/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Medium straw; inexpressive nose, some botrytis; medium-bodied, reasonable concentration, quite oaky, modest botrytis, lacks some vigour and verve, almost raisiny on finish, disappointing for Yquem