Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

9.52998 ratings
9.5857 pro ratings
Sauternes, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
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9.6

The 1988 d'Yquem is almost identical to the bottle I tasted in 2016. This is almost Barsac-like in style on the nose with scents of barley sugar, complemented by marmalade and mandarin, fresh and vibrant with a palpable sense of energy. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous texture but it is not, and has never been, as unctuous as either the 1989 or 1990. However, what the 1988 does possess is a surfeit of vitality and tension. There are layers of blood orange, quince and marmalade towards the finish that as the aromatics suggest, comes across as quite Barsac in style. Superb. Tasted at Château Batailley. (Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2018)

The 1988 d'Yquem is almost identical to the bottle I tasted in 2016. This is almost Barsac-like in style on the nose with scents of barley sugar, complemented by marmalade and mandarin, fresh and vibrant with a palpable sense of energy. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous texture but it is not, and has never been, as unctuous as either the 1989 or 1990. However, what the 1988 does possess is a surfeit of vitality and tension. There are layers of blood orange, quince and marmalade towards the finish that as the aromatics suggest, comes across as quite Barsac in style. Superb. Tasted at Château Batailley. (Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2018)

May 24th, 2018
Gilbert Van Hassel

Great experience, second best Yquem in the 90s, great acidity, honeysuckle, peach, full botrytis. I have only drunk 1990 which was ever so slightly better in the 90s. A privilege to drink and at a 180 euros a bottle it was a steal.

Great experience, second best Yquem in the 90s, great acidity, honeysuckle, peach, full botrytis. I have only drunk 1990 which was ever so slightly better in the 90s. A privilege to drink and at a 180 euros a bottle it was a steal.

May 17th, 2018
Beau Carufel

Winemaker/Owner Random Wine Company

9.4

Brilliant wine. A real treat.

Brilliant wine. A real treat.

May 8th, 2018
ADAM STROMFELD

Ouch What a way to finish lunch! Peaches apricots soft and elegant what a pairing with crème brûlée!

Ouch What a way to finish lunch! Peaches apricots soft and elegant what a pairing with crème brûlée!

Apr 27th, 2018
ADAM STROMFELD

What a way to finish lunch. With some honey soaked figs, cooked peaches and apricots. Summer fruit compote.

What a way to finish lunch. With some honey soaked figs, cooked peaches and apricots. Summer fruit compote.

Apr 27th, 2018
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9.7

The 2014 d'Yquem has a complex bouquet with buttered toast, almond, honey and peach skin aromas. It opens with greater zeal than its peers, there is more immediacy here. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, a finely tuned and satisfying Sauternes with style and grace, evincing great tension and mineral drive towards the finish. Superb. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. (Neal Martin, Vinous, March 2018)

The 2014 d'Yquem has a complex bouquet with buttered toast, almond, honey and peach skin aromas. It opens with greater zeal than its peers, there is more immediacy here. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, a finely tuned and satisfying Sauternes with style and grace, evincing great tension and mineral drive towards the finish. Superb. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. (Neal Martin, Vinous, March 2018)

Mar 28th, 2018
Lee Pitofsky

More of an elegant and lighter vintage, notes of candied orange, marmalade of apricots and honeysuckle

More of an elegant and lighter vintage, notes of candied orange, marmalade of apricots and honeysuckle

Mar 24th, 2018
Palmer Emmitt

Owner/Winemaker Judge Palmer

9.2

Fuck yeah bitches

Fuck yeah bitches

Mar 18th, 2018
Mark Oldman

‪when in doubt, "'86 it" - 1986 Château d' #Yquem 🙏 beyond-the-imagination honey-and-hazelnut intensity, with so-sexy crème brûlée notes, kept fresh by a perfect undercurrent of acidity and a slight marmelade-like bitterness - a glass of impossible beauty #WineWednesday

‪when in doubt, "'86 it" - 1986 Château d' #Yquem 🙏 beyond-the-imagination honey-and-hazelnut intensity, with so-sexy crème brûlée notes, kept fresh by a perfect undercurrent of acidity and a slight marmelade-like bitterness - a glass of impossible beauty #WineWednesday

Mar 14th, 2018
James Forsyth

Mesmerizing. Tropical, complex, orange blossom honey. Indulgent now and I hope to try this again in a few decades.

Mesmerizing. Tropical, complex, orange blossom honey. Indulgent now and I hope to try this again in a few decades.

Mar 6th, 2018