1990 Yquem 375ml

France - Bordeaux - Sauternes | Sauternes-Barsac Premier Cru Superieur/ White / Bordeaux Blend
1990 Yquem
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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

Full-blown aromas of caramel, toffee, honey, white chocolate and damp earth; slightly Tokaj-like. Hugely concentrated and layered in the mouth; extraordinary sweetness cut by harmonious acidity. As with the best vintages of Yquem, the finish goes on for a minute or more. Stains, and stuns, the palate. A huge wine, surprisingly extravagant on the nose (earlier bottles have been far more restrained) but completely unevolved and a bit musclebound on the palate. May ultimately merit a higher score.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 79

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Jancis Robinson | 19

A stunning wine that should continue to beguile us for decades but that is sufficiently sweet and round that it can already be drunk with great pleasure. Excellent acidity and everything tucked in there for the future.

Drink Dates: 2004-2040
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 99

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!

Drink Dates: 1999-2050
Author: Robert Parker


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Wine Spectator | 95

Truly superb. Yellow with a gold hue. Intense spice, honey and dried orange peel aromas.Full-bodied, very sweet and very alive. Vibrant Sauternes that goes on and on on the palate. Doesn't get much better than this. Beautiful now,but wait.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. 18,750 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: James Suckling


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Author: skycam28
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 05/23/2013
Drink Dates: 2010+
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Author: Peter B
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/08/2012
Drink Dates:
Probably wine of the night at my 50th dinner. Simply out of this world.
Score: 98
Author: scottto
Trust Rating: 75
Tasted On: 09/01/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2030
Yellow gold in color. Medium rim variation. Medium legs. Tropical fruits and vanilla on the nose. Botrytised, caramel and tropical flavors. Medium/Full bodied. Satin-like texture. Long finish. A brilliantly tasty wine.
Score: 99
Author: Larry H
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/11/2010
Score: 100
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/19/2009
Simply beyond descripion. Every flavour nuance from orange peel to honey with pineapple in between. Just a gorgeous wine. It doesn't really get any better.

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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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