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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
White Bordeaux 1981 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £3,200
White Bordeaux 1982 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £2,850
  • This vintage, seriously maligned because of the rains that plagued the harvest in Sauternes, was actually an outstanding vintage for both Yquem and its nearby neighbor, Chateau Suduiraut, which brought in much of their crops before the rains did any damage. Yquem then waited until the vineyards dried out, bringing in their last grapes on November 7. The 1982 is a very forward style of Yquem, plump, succulent, with honeyed pineapple, peach, and apricot flavors, exhibiting some, but not a great deal of botrytis. In the mouth, it is massive, thick, and almost as impressive as the 1983, but one does not sense the same degree of length or potential complexity. Nevertheless, this is still a great Yquem that has been somewhat overlooked because of the attention lavished on the 1983 and 1986. Anticipated maturity: Now-2020. Last tasted, 12/90.

    Score: 92 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

Tasting Notes
92
White Bordeaux 1983 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £2,700
  • A wine that is just hitting its adolescence, this spectacular Yquem is the greateat vintage of the early 1980s and the best Yquem since 1976 and before the trilogy of 1990, 1989, and 1988. The wine has a medium-gold color and an extraordinary nose of honey-dripped coconuts, pineapple, caramel, crème brulee, orange marmalade, and no doubt a few other items. Unctuously textured and full-bodied, with massive richness and great sweetness, this is a seamless classic that will probably be immortal. My point score continues to go up, but the wine still is young, although I would call it just approaching its adolescence. Anticipated maturity 2005 - 2075. Last tasted, 3/02.

    Score: 98 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    The 1983 is among the most concentrated wines from this property over the last 20 years, with a staggering display of extract and a mind-boggling amount of glycerin. The vintage commenced early for Yquem, beginning on September 29 and finishing on November 18. Most observers feel the 1983 will mature more slowly than the 1986, and will last for almost 100 years. Given Yquem's unbelievable aging potential, such comments do not seem far fetched. At present, the 1983 is enormous, with huge, honeyed, pineapple, coconut, and caramel flavors, massive extract, and an unctuous quality barely framed by acidity and new oak. I do not feel the wine has changed since bottling, and I would not want to start drinking it for at least another 10-15 years

      Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    Coppery tawny, rose petals on the nose. Great vivacity. Real punch. Lots of acidity but lots of attack too. Exciting. Ripe pears - very exciting. But not one of the richest - a little nervy. Will never be a heavyweight.Drink 1998-2025Date tasted 13th Feb 08

    Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2008

Tasting Notes
98
White Bordeaux 1986 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £2,800
  • ROBERT PARKER: 98

     

    NEAL MARTIN: 95

     

    JANCIS ROBINSON: 17.5

     

    WINE SPECTATOR: 83

    DECANTER:

    With greater evidence of botrytis than the colossal 1983, but less power and alcohol, the 1986 d'Yquem tastes reminiscent of the 1975, only more precocious. Several highly respected Bordeaux negociants who are d'Yquem enthusiasts had claimed the 1986 d'Yquem was the greatest wine produced at the property since the legendary 1937. However, after the release of the 1988 they concluded that the 1988 surpassed even the 1986. The 1986's enthralling bouquet of pineapples, sauteed hazelnuts, vanillin, and ripe apricots is breathtaking. Compellingly concentrated, its breadth as well as depth of flavor seemingly know no limits. This full-bodied, powerful, yet impeccably elegant d'Yquem should provide memorable drinking for 40-55 more years. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2040. Last tasted, 7/93.| Wine Advocate.August, 1993

Tasting Notes
98
White Bordeaux 1989 Yquem

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £2,700
  • Score: 98 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003 The favorite sweet wine of millionaires, Chateau d'Yquem has, not unexpectedly, turned in a brilliant effort with their newly released 1989. It is a large-scaled, massively rich, unctuously-textured wine that should evolve effortlessly for a half century or more. It does not reveal the compelling finesse and complexity of the 1988 or 1986, but it is a far heavier, richer wine than either of those vintages. It is reminiscent of the 1976, with additional fat and glycerin. The wine is extremely alcoholic and rich, with a huge nose of smoky, honey-covered coconuts and overripe pineapples and apricots. As with most young vintages of Yquem, the wine's structure is barely noticeable. These wines are so highly extracted and rich yet approachable young, it is difficult to believe they will last for 50 or more years. The 1989 is the richest Yquem made in the eighties, and it has an edge in complexity over the powerhouse 1983. It remains to be seen whether this wine will develop the extraordinary aromatic complexity possessed by the promising 1988 and 1986 Yquems. Last tasted 11/97 Score: 97

Tasting Notes
98
White Bordeaux 1990 Yquem

2 Case 12 75cl £2,700
  • 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-bodied power and richness have created a wine of remarkable harmony and purity. Certainly it is one of the richest Yquems I have ever tasted, with 50-100 years of potential longevity. An awesome Yquem! Anticipated maturity: 2003-2050+.

    Score: 99 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999

    Mid tawny. Ripe and round and almost a hint of brûlé. Quite open - like molten crème brûlée juice. Quite light and rather simple and sugary. Very readable already. I'm not sure I can see the ageability that Pierre talks about. Drink 2000-2020. Date tasted 13th Feb 08.

    Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2008

Tasting Notes
99
White Bordeaux 1994 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £2,400
90
White Bordeaux 1996 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £2,200
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $200 - 250

    Drink Date

    2012 - 2060

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Apr 2003

    Source

    146, The Wine Advocate

    Compared with the flamboyant aromatics of the 1997, Yquem's 1996 plays it closer to the vest, although there is a lot going on. Light gold with a tight but promising nose of roasted hazelnuts intermixed with creme brulee, vanilla beans, honey, orange marmalade, and peaches, this medium to full-bodied offering reveals loads of power in its restrained, measured personality. There is admirable acidity, weight, texture, and purity in this impeccably made Yquem. However, patience will be a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2060.  

Tasting Notes
95
White Bordeaux 1997 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £2,000
  • Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    A sensational Yquem, 1997 may be this estate's finest effort since 1990 (although I would not discount the 1996 turning out to be nearly as good). 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. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2055.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

    It's been a long time since the preeminent yquem has delivered such a powerful and well balanced sweet wine. The 1997 is deceptively refined, yet thick and extravagant. It is holding back loads of character and structure and needs many years of bottle age. It now shoes subtle aromas of honey, spices and intense botrytis. Full bodies, thick and fruity, it coats your palate with sweet orange peel and lemon rind character. Don't touch it until at least 2008. The wine will be released in october, and is available as futures now.

    Score: 95 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (126), April 2003

Tasting Notes
96
White Bordeaux 1998 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £2,000
  • Rating:

    95

    Price ($)

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2053

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2003

    Source

    149, The Wine Advocate

    The 1998 Chateau Yquem was released several months ago. This estate does not allow tasting from cask (where the wine spends 42 months), and it is not released until five years after the vintage. The 1998 Yquem (95 points) is a great success. Made in an elegant style, it is not a blockbuster such as 1990, 1989, and 1988. It is well-delineated, with wonderfully sweet aromas of creme brulee, pineapples, apricots, and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, it is not as sweet as the biggest/richest Yquem vintages, but it is gorgeously pure, precise, and strikingly complex. Already approachable, it should evolve for 30-50 years ... without a doubt.

Tasting Notes
95
White Bordeaux 2004 Yquem

4 Case 12 37.5cl £975
  • Rating

    93

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2014

    Source

    212, The Wine Advocate

    The 2004 d’Yquem is initially a little disjointed on the nose. It does meld together with aeration, but it never attains the complexity or nuance of a top-flight Yquem. Hints of white chocolate and clear honey emerge with time however; it needs to demonstrate more hubris and ambition. The palate is nicely balanced with a fine line of acidity with a noticeable citric edge. Perhaps this Yquem is amidst a broody spell, for here the likes of de Fargues and Suduiraut appear to offer more spark and more pizzazz. It would not surprise me if this has more to offer in several years’ time. Drink 2018-2030+. Tasted February 2014.

Tasting Notes
93
White Bordeaux 2006 Yquem

1 Case 12 37.5cl £1,150£1,050
  • While no surprise here, this wine, which will be bottled in 2009, is certainly this estate’s greatest effort since their 2001. It completely outclasses everything from the appellation, but even when you’re number one, that’s often hard to do. This light gold wine offers up a sensational smorgasbord of aromas including huge honeyed pineapple and other caramelized tropical fruit flavors, massive richness, and a viscous, unctuous texture with the oak beautifully integrated. The wine has enough acidity to buttress its full-bodied mouthfeel, but this is not by any means the sweetest or most alcoholic of the d’Yquems I have tasted. In fact, in the range of d’Yquems, this is a powerful wine, but it is one built more on finesse and elegance, a la the 1988. Nevertheless, this wine will prove to have 50+ years of longevity. The finish, the mid-palate, the sensation of looking at a skyscraper of Semillon with a small dosage of Sauvignon, is impressive. Like all of the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes, one can drink this young, but the nuances and complexities really don’t emerge for at least a decade, especially in the case of a wine such as this. Bravo!

    Score: 96 - 98

    Robert Parker, robertparker.com 01 March 2009

Tasting Notes
98
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