1998 Château d'Yquem

  • 95 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 49137-1998

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    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.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Lift and richness and electrified raisins! There's a lot of energy here. Medicine? Sinewy. Not the sweetest.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1998
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: RWG III
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Horms
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Noel Arnau
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: wineangelo
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: G
  • Self | Rating: 95

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2011
    Author: scottto
  • Self | Rating: 95

    opened and decanted for 1 hour. colour: deep and bright golden. viscous nose: subtly complex. chalk and wax at first then opens up to show custard cream and vanillin. very slight floral hint. taste: very smooth and unctious. custard cream again. waxy. great balance between sweetness and acidity. a little peach and a long finish. I am not sure whether yquem can ever live up to the hopes and expectations of its legendary status, especially when tasting it for the first time , however, this is undoubtedly a great wine but i was hoping for more. in saying that, i'm not exactly disappointed as this is a very lovely wine to drink now or in the long term future.
    Drink Dates: 2010+
    Author: floober
  • Self | Rating: 4

    strong honey, honeysuckle, tropical, good acidity
    Drink Dates: 2012
    Author: will1408
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

  • 1305 bottles owned
  • 227 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 227 collectors)