1980 Yquem

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Average critic rating : 90.33 points



This year is a perfect example of a vintage that was much better for the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes than it was for the red wines. Yquem produced its greatest wine since the twin titans of 1975 and 1976. Medium golden, with a big, opulent, honeyed, oaky, flowery, tropical fruit bouquet, this wine is rich and concentrated, has very good acidity, a lot of botrytis, and a stunning finish. It is a great success, and it continues to evolve at a snail's pace. Anticipated maturity: Now-2035. Last tasted, 12/90. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate January 1998



First tasted in January 2003 from a half-bottle. Deep amber. A deep honeyed nose. Syrupy. Not as subtle as the 1979. The palate is loaded with botrytis and as usual has very good acidity. This needs more time. Apricot and honey finish. I prefer the 1979 now, but 80 may last longer. Give it another 5 years and it would be similar to that wine. A second encounter in November 2004 validated my initial note: whereas the Yquem '79 seems to be declining, the 80 is gathering strength. A similar colour to the '79 though the nose is less intense, more floral with greater purity. The palate is admirable focus and concentration with slight lower acidity than the '79. Honey, apricot, almond with a strong citrus finish. Good length. On this occasion, the '80 wins over the '79. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com



A good year for Sauternes, a very good vintage for Yquem. Fresh, with lemon, grapefruit and quince notes, this is lovely and sympathique, with honey tones but not much botrytis concentration.--Yquem vertical. Drink now through 2010. Winespectator.com

Full gold. rich botrytis nose, powerful Semillon character, direct, toasty oak. concentrated, rounded, fine acidity, creamy, very well balanced, lovely wine even if it lacks a little weight and depth. good length. Decanter.com

Château d’Yquem is arguably the finest sweet wine in the World, and the leading estate in Sauternes. In a league of its own, the only wine that Yquem can be fairly judged against is a different vintage of Yquem.

The château and its vineyards lie on the highest point of Sauternes, and is planted to Semillon (80%) and Sauvignon Blanc. Semillon gives the wine its weight and oleaginous texture, the Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes are harvested by hand, bunch by bunch, with as many as six or seven passes through the vineyard to select grapes that are fully botrytised and concentrated. One vine will, on average, yield one glass of the final product.

Yquem is owned by LVMH, owners of Dom Pérignon and Krug, and is run by Pierre Lurton, who also runs St Emilion’s Cheval Blanc. A dry white wine, Ygrec, is also made.

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