1982 Château d'Yquem

  • 85 WS
  • 83 JR
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 49137-1982

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    13.2% 100 g/l RS, TA 4.5. Dry, hot year. 16 Sep - 25 Oct first wave. Then late Oct/early Nov makes it a vintage for the connoisseur. First wave had lots of finesse.Deep pinkish gold. Not absolutely pure on the nose. Lots of greenness and acidity and not especially concentrated. A bit loose and fades a bit. Almost Riesling-like build. A very different sort of Yquem - not for those who want mass. Lots of acidity dominates this wine, which others liked more than me.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 85

    From an average vintage in Sauternes, this is a rich, honeyed Yquem with attractive pear and lemon notes. The aromas are somewhat odd (volatile acidity?) and it lacks a bit of freshness and finesse, turning a bit burning on the finish.--Yquem vertical.
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 92

    This vintage, seriously maligned because of the rains that plagued the harvest in Sauternes, was actually an outstanding vintage for both Yquem and its nearby neighbor, Chateau Suduiraut, which brought in much of their crops before the rains did any damage. Yquem then waited until the vineyards dried out, bringing in their last grapes on November 7. The 1982 is a very forward style of Yquem, plump, succulent, with honeyed pineapple, peach, and apricot flavors, exhibiting some, but not a great deal of botrytis. In the mouth, it is massive, thick, and almost as impressive as the 1983, but one does not sense the same degree of length or potential complexity. Nevertheless, this is still a great Yquem that has been somewhat overlooked because of the attention lavished on the 1983 and 1986. Last tasted, 12/90.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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
    • 43 collectors