1981 Yquem

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£345.00 DP
£252.00 DP

Average critic rating : 88.33 points



The 1981 is certainly an outstanding Yquem, but it will not be considered one of this property's greatest efforts. Light golden, with a moderately intense bouquet of spicy, vanillin oak, fresh melons, and tropical fruit, this full-bodied Yquem has average acidity and a plump, viscous, somewhat precocious feel on the palate. Remarkably long and clean in the finish, it will develop relatively rapidly. Anticipated maturity: Now-2015. Last tasted, 3/87. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate January 1998



The dark horse of the Yquem tasting at CECWINE in November 2004. A slight deeper colour compared to the 79 and 80. Rich honey and peach with superb definition and focus. The palate has great balance and verve with exquisite freshness and joie-de-vivre. Apricot and orange. There is a lot of finesse and grace here. It its harmony and texture, rather than concentration that elevates it above the others. Drink now until 2015. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com



Rich and just sweet, without the acid-creating, botrytized notes normally found in Yquem. A slight paint varnish, dull character on the nose, and it tastes a bit heavy-handed, but it came somewhat to life and tasted better with goat cheese.--Yquem vertical. Drink now through 2005. Winespectator.com

Medium gold. rich, slightly resiny nose, iodine, oaky. sweet, intense, lush apricot fruit, concentrated, very oaky, fine acidity but lacks a little flair. good length. Decanter.com

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Yquem 1981
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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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