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Author: Jancis Robinson
13.5%, 123 g/l RS, TA 3.8. Very classic vintage. Warm year with a very wet spring. Good weather lasted to the end of the harvest, 15 Oct started – very late – and then it was a dream vintage with no rain for 4 weeks. Ended 25 Nov. Very late. Dark tawny. The most uintriging nose Glossy and lively and more intellectual than the other two, Extremely long - a hint of ginger and real zest. Certainly seemed the best of these three without a doubt. Very racy and flirtatious – maybe racier than the 1989. Powerful and very very long.
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Author: Robert Parker
The 1988 is a more backward-styled Yquem than the 1989, built along the lines of the extraordinary 1975. With a honeyed, smoky, orange/coconut/pineapple-scented nose, this powerful wine possesses full body, layers of highly concentrated, extracted flavors, considerable botrytis, and a sensational finish. Last tasted 12/97
Author: James Suckling
Lots of of beeswax, botrytis spice and honey, with hints of toffee. Full-bodied, very sweet, thick and layered. Caramel, toffee, spice. Molasses too. Very, very powerful. Muscular and rich. Fabulous Sauternes. Nothing comes close in this vintage.''88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008).
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 02/14/2013
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 02/26/2012
Excellent carmel color and long finish. Beautiful wine, not cloying in any way. Really is liquid gold.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/07/2009
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 07/26/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2050
This was incredible, a well balance of sweetness and flavors. I can't wait to have it again in 20 years to compare.
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