1989 Yquem

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAUTERNES
  • 97 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 97 IWC
  • 95 JR
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 49137-1989-375-1A
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    13.2%, 127 g/l RS, TA 4.0. Not a classic vintage - very dry and warm but with a terrible hailstorm in early Jul. Used only 15% of crop for this wine. Strong wine with incredible ageing potential. 25 Sep - 25 Oct. 20 days of picking.Deep rich tawny - waxy nose. Very very big and rewarding with good life. A kick in the heels. Very long and splendid - really enormous in every way - much bigger and rounder and deeper than the 1990. Very long. A monument.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97

    Laid-back, extremely young aromas of honey, creme caramel, smoke and earth; essence of semillon. Rich, large-scaled and powerful; really expands in the mouth. Lovely harmonious acidity and bright notes of orange peel and minerals give this very youthful wine great clarity of flavor. Classy and impeccably balanced. The subtle, oak-spicy, nutty finish goes on and on. Conveys an almost saline impression of extract. This should approach peak drinkability within the next eight to ten years and last for decades.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1998
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The favorite sweet wine of millionaires, Chateau d'Yquem has, not unexpectedly, turned in a brilliant effort with their newly released 1989. It is a large-scaled, massively rich, unctuously-textured wine that should evolve effortlessly for a half century or more. It does not reveal the compelling finesse and complexity of the 1988 or 1986, but it is a far heavier, richer wine than either of those vintages. It is reminiscent of the 1976, with additional fat and glycerin. The wine is extremely alcoholic and rich, with a huge nose of smoky, honey-covered coconuts and overripe pineapples and apricots. As with most young vintages of Yquem, the wine's structure is barely noticeable. These wines are so highly extracted and rich yet approachable young, it is difficult to believe they will last for 50 or more years. The 1989 is the richest Yquem made in the eighties, and it has an edge in complexity over the powerhouse 1983. It remains to be seen whether this wine will develop the extraordinary aromatic complexity possessed by the promising 1988 and 1986 Yquems. Last tasted 11/97
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 97

    The favorite sweet wine of millionaires, Chateau d'Yquem has, not unexpectedly, turned in a brilliant effort with their newly released 1989. It is a large-scaled, massively rich, unctuously-textured wine that should evolve effortlessly for a half century or more. It does not reveal the compelling finesse and complexity of the 1988 or 1986, but it is a far heavier, richer wine than either of those vintages. It is reminiscent of the 1976, with additional fat and glycerin. The wine is extremely alcoholic and rich, with a huge nose of smoky, honey-covered coconuts and overripe pineapples and apricots. As with most young vintages of Yquem, the wine's structure is barely noticeable. These wines are so highly extracted and rich yet approachable young, it is difficult to believe they will last for 50 or more years. The 1989 is the richest Yquem made in the eighties, and it has an edge in complexity over the powerhouse 1983. It remains to be seen whether this wine will develop the extraordinary aromatic complexity possessed by the promising 1988 and 1986 Yquems.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Very classy and beautiful, packed with botrityzed flavors. Marvelous blend of vanilla, cream, tobacco-box notes, with a lot of oak on it for now but also loads of pure, clean and elegant fruit. An infant that will age for a long time.--Yquem vertical. 12,500 cases made.
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2005-2060
    Author: Tallydoc
  • Self | Rating: 97

    A medium gold hue with a haunting bouquet of spice, apricot, stone, vanilla, and corn oil. Bright acidity offsets intense sweetness. Mouth coating flavors last for more than a minute. Graham crackers, New York style cheesecake and white raisin on the finish. You can literally keep tasting the wine afterwards by licking your lips ? the concentration is that intense. You can drink now but the wine still really needs at least a decade and will last to 2030 and beyond.
    Drink Dates: 2004-2030+
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Amazingly vibrant. Still just a baby.
    Author: Hal
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Definitely drinkable. Quite nice.
    Author: Chez Fisher
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Medium-golden color (light for its age); honey, caramel, and tropical fruit on the nose; on the palate - rich, concentrated, multi-layered, and expansive, yet bright, highly focused and high-toned; elegant, harmonious and well balanced. A great Yquem that is amazingly delicious now but will last for decades.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2060
    Author: Anthony D526
  • Self | Rating: 99

    This was a fabulous wine. Layers of sweet fruits...ripe apricots, nectarines and caramel in a surreal 30 second finish. If this isn't perfect it was damn close.
    Author: dwdorman
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

  • 2251 bottles owned
  • 349 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 99
    (Out of 349 collectors)