Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

9.599 ratings
9.537 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
Andrew Lampasone

Owner Wine Watch Selections

9.3

A good amount of honey notes of coconut candied pineapple vanilla creme smooth and creamy still has wonderful freshness very well built still quite youthful

A good amount of honey notes of coconut candied pineapple vanilla creme smooth and creamy still has wonderful freshness very well built still quite youthful

8 people found it helpfulFeb 15th, 2014
Greg Gregory

Two bottles. First lacked any acidity whatsoever. Second was better but for Chateau Yquem was very very disappointing.

Two bottles. First lacked any acidity whatsoever. Second was better but for Chateau Yquem was very very disappointing.

1 person found it helpfulJan 18th, 2014
Yoon Ha

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

9.8

Hard to desire more.

Hard to desire more.

Dec 30th, 2016
Yianni Stoner

1.5L - wedding wine bias

1.5L - wedding wine bias

Jun 28th, 2016
Connor McMahon

Now THIS is a night cap! Amazing honeysuckle, caramel, and acid. The balance is near perfect

Now THIS is a night cap! Amazing honeysuckle, caramel, and acid. The balance is near perfect

Nov 23rd, 2015
Mike Fifer

Writer The Wine Monologues

9.5

Still floral and vibrant. Wild flowers and honeycomb abound. Wow, just wow.

Still floral and vibrant. Wild flowers and honeycomb abound. Wow, just wow.

Oct 3rd, 2015
Antonio Gianola

D'Yquem truly goes with everything. Orange marmalade, white peach and apricot. Truly stunning with boiled crab with butter. Indulgent for a Thursday

D'Yquem truly goes with everything. Orange marmalade, white peach and apricot. Truly stunning with boiled crab with butter. Indulgent for a Thursday

Aug 13th, 2015
Rafael Landestoy

Showstopper. When I finally sobered up and had this again it blew me away. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

Showstopper. When I finally sobered up and had this again it blew me away. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

Jun 22nd, 2015
Davis Smith

Sommelier Acquerello

9.5

Beautiful. A stubborn finish in the best possible sense.

Beautiful. A stubborn finish in the best possible sense.

Jun 14th, 2015