The 1980 vintage in Sauternes was challenging to say the least but Chateau D’Yquem has crafted one of the shining stars of the vintage. Aromatically quite expressive, the Sauternes takes the lead with candied ginger, lychee, apricot and shades of bananas foster that all sing in unison. The palate comes off with an unusual combination of sweet and sour tones, with a strong vein of salinity that races through the core of quince, sour apricot, vanilla creme brûlée and roasted pineapple flavors. Texturally elegant, this is far less on the unctuous side of D’Yquem, but has a beautiful feeling of refinement, freshness and elegance. Still humming at the forty year mark, the 1980 D’Yquem will provide drinking enjoyment for at least another five to ten years. Drink 2020-2027- 94 — 10 days ago
Not cloying at all. Real energy and verve with this. Had a lot of fun drinking this with food. Unexpected! — 2 hours ago
Deep gold. No heat, medium sweet, unctuous, delicious — 9 days ago
It has a sweet aroma like Shaoxing wine. It has a refreshing sweet taste when sipped.
Easy to match with food. — 15 days ago
Initially reticent and needing 30 minutes of air to fully express itself aromatically, the 2006 Chateau Rieussec opens with a lighter bouquet of butterscotch, buttered popcorn, mango and ginger undertones. The palate shows really good freshness and intensity with a good sense of minerality. Pineapple creme brulee, poached pear, bananas foster and nutmeg flavors complete this beautiful wine. The exceedingly long, finish lingers and rounds out this complete wine. What this doesn’t possess on the nose, exceeds expectations on the palate and finish, as this elegant wine is one of the great wines of this vintage. Enjoy this wonderful wine over the next two decades. Drink 2020-2035- 94 — 25 days ago
Nose: apple, white peach, pears, citrus, bubble gum, jasmine, honeysuckle? I feel satisfied just taking whiffs of this one. On the palate, orange, passion fruit maybe. Nice weight and mid palate finish. — 16 days ago
Solid Sauternes. Rich golden colour. Ripe apricot and hint of pineapple palate. Full alcohol and rich with decent length of maybe 10 seconds. — 8 days ago