1981 Château d'Yquem

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAUTERNES
  • 80 WS
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 49137-1981

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 80

    Rich and just sweet, without the acid-creating, botrytized notes normally found in Yquem. A slight paint varnish, dull character on the nose, and it tastes a bit heavy-handed, but it came somewhat to life and tasted better with goat cheese.--Yquem vertical.
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 90

    The 1981 is certainly an outstanding Yquem, but it will not be considered one of this property's greatest efforts. Light golden, with a moderately intense bouquet of spicy, vanillin oak, fresh melons, and tropical fruit, this full-bodied Yquem has average acidity and a plump, viscous, somewhat precocious feel on the palate. Remarkably long and clean in the finish, it will develop relatively rapidly.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating:

    Caramel/amber color. Richly honeyed with brilliant vanilla, smoke, caramel and fruit. Banana and orange. Toffee, just a touch of sweetness. Very long and elegant, though seemed to be somewhat short-lived. Slight plastic note emerging after it had been open for some time. Went phenomenally well with the lobster-salad crepes from the French Laundry cookbook.
    Author: W.Simons
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 136 bottles owned
  • 48 collectors