1988 Yquem 375ml

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1988 Yquem
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Jancis Robinson | 19.5

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.

Drink Dates: 2000-2040
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Bordeaux Book(1998) | 99

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

Drink Dates: 1998-2050
Author: Robert Parker


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Wine Spectator | 96

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).

Drink Dates: 2009-2009
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 99
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Early
Score: 100
Author: rsfj
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 02/14/2013
Score: 99
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 02/26/2012
Excellent carmel color and long finish. Beautiful wine, not cloying in any way. Really is liquid gold.
Score: 98
Author: PLevensohn
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/07/2009
Drink Dates:
Extraordinary!
Score: 99
Author: Charles
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.

About This Producer


Chateau d'Yquem is world famous for its sweet wine, which commands some of the highest prices on the market. Established in 1593, the chateau is located in the Sauternes region of Bordeaux and is the only property given the highest rating of Premier Cru Superieur. The estate contains a 110-hectare vineyard planted with 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. The wines are created from botrytized fruit that is picked by hand in several passes by up to 150 harvesters. The "Noble Rot" (Botrytis Cinera) depletes the water content in the berry, concentrating the natural sugar levels. The resultant wine's high sugar content is matched by high level of acidity, allowing the wine to age for more than 50 years in the best vintages. The opulence of Yquem's youth turns complex, rich and honeyed as it ages. Chateau d'Yquem's second wine, Ygrec Y, is a dry Bordeaux Blanc.

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