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1988 Château d'Yquem

  • 98 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 98 JR
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 49137-1988

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    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.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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).
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The 1988 d'Yquem has an incredibly profound nose of orange marmalade, dried apricots, honeycomb, musk and dried pineapple with hints of marzipan and crystallized ginger. The palate is seamless with a great line of crisp acid cutting through the densely packed dried tropical fruit and honeyed flavour layers. The finish just goes on and on.
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 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
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: Richard 1973
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: rsfj
  • Self | Rating: 99

    1988 was superlative year for Barsac and Sauternes. Not surprisingly, Yquem represents the pinnacle of this vintage?s achievement. I can'tthink of a more consistent winery. Deep golden orange colored wine with aromas of strongly honeyed cr?me brule? and honeysuckle. Powerful and focused flavors of orange peel and more honeysuckle. Just enough acidity to carry the thick viscous, and rich flavors. Lively with a very long finish. Tough to fathom how this wine can be improved.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2050+
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Excellent carmel color and long finish. Beautiful wine, not cloying in any way. Really is liquid gold.
    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: PLevensohn
  • Self | Rating: 99

    This was incredible, a well balance of sweetness and flavors. I can't wait to have it again in 20 years to compare.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2050
    Author: Charles
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Very smooth, as one would expect. Comparing to the Tokaji, it's a bit cleaner - not as syrupy. More delicate and floral than the Tokaji's citrus nose/ taste.
    Author: Mike M116
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.
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2625 bottles owned
  • 421 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 99
    (Out of 421 collectors)