1998 Yquem 375ml

France - Bordeaux - Sauternes | Sauternes-Barsac Premier Cru Superieur/ White / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WA 95   IWC 95   JR 18   WS 89   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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.

Drink Dates: 2003-2053
Author: Robert Parker


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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: Issue 79

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Lift and richness and electrified raisins! There's a lot of energy here. Medicine? Sinewy. Not the sweetest.

Drink Dates: 2009-2025
Author: Jancis Robinson


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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.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: G
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 08/22/2014

Rating: 94
Author: Horms
Trust Rating: 18
Tasted On: 11/23/2013

Rating: 94
Author: wineangelo
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/26/2013

Rating: 94
Author: Noel Arnau
Tasted On: 12/03/2014

Rating: 90
Author: will1408
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/18/2012
Drink Dates: 2012
strong honey, honeysuckle, tropical, good acidity

Average rating: 92, based on 9 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1053 bottles owned by 295 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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