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1998 Yquem 375ml
1998 Yquem
France - Bordeaux - Sauternes / Sauternes-Barsac Premier Cru Superieur
White / Bordeaux Blend
1998 Yquem
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 79

Pale gold. Knockout aromas of creme brulee, coconut, vanilla bean, honey and orange peel. Lush and seductively silky in the mouth; its creamy, seamless texture makes it seem deceptively accessible today but sound acid structure should keep it going for 20 years or more. Not hugely sweet or tropical but very complex and fine. Firm, hazelnutty finish offers great length, if not quite the grip of the '89.

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Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

Lift and richness and electrified raisins! There's a lot of energy here. Medicine? Sinewy. Not the sweetest.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker

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.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling Issue: Web

Cooked apple, with hints of honey, lemon and butter. Turns to dried apricots. Full and round, very sweet, with a candied character. Good enough, but a little cloying on the palate. I have had this many times: not what it should be. Lots of bottle variation. Drink now.

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Community Reviews


G Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 08/22/2014


wineangelo Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 12/26/2013


Horms Trust Rating: 16 Tasted On: 11/23/2013


will1408 Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 08/18/2012 Drink Dates: 2012

strong honey, honeysuckle, tropical, good acidity


scottto Trust Rating: 75 Tasted On: 06/25/2011 Drink Dates: 2011

Light gold in color. Minimal aromatics. Unique, smooth, creamy flavors. Light/Medium bodied. Silky texture coats the mouth for ages. Long finish, that our group timed over 120 seconds, with changing undertones throughout the finish. I think this is an underrated Yquem for it's smooth creamy, if not powerfully sweet, qualities.

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