Yquem 1998

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSauternes and Barsac
ColourSweet White
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

The '98 d'Yquem has a more extravagant nose than I remember, less mineralite than it displayed in its youth and perhaps a little more alcoholic on the nose. There are touches of pineapple, mango, treacle and custard cremes, becoming peachier with time in the glass. The palate is viscous on the entry and very well balanced with honeycomb, white peach, apricot and wild honey that leads to a powerful, if not elegant finish. The '98 is a little "unruly" at present. Drink 2016-2030. Tasted December 2010.

Score: 94Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, September 2011

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.

Note added to data base 13/11/15.

Score: 95Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, November 2015

Although there is a lot of sweet fruit on the nose there are lovely peachy, orange blossom fragrances. Crème Brulêe, candied peel and honey give voluptuous richness on the mid palate with peach and apricot at the back. Sensuous and lush yet enough freshness to bring out a hint of botrytis and give a stylish elegance to the finish. Drink 2011-35.

Score: 97Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2011

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