1986 Yquem

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£283.00 DP

Average critic rating : 92.25 points



With greater evidence of botrytis than the colossal 1983, but less power and alcohol, the 1986 d'Yquem tastes reminiscent of the 1975, only more precocious. Several highly respected Bordeaux negociants who are d'Yquem enthusiasts had claimed the 1986 d'Yquem was the greatest wine produced at the property since the legendary 1937. However, after the release of the 1988 they concluded that the 1988 surpassed even the 1986. The 1986's enthralling bouquet of pineapples, sauteed hazelnuts, vanillin, and ripe apricots is breathtaking. Compellingly concentrated, its breadth as well as depth of flavor seemingly know no limits. This full-bodied, powerful, yet impeccably elegant d'Yquem should provide memorable drinking for 40-55 more years. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2040. Last tasted, 7/93.| Wine Advocate.August, 1993



I used to prefer this to the 1990 although now I feel they are more on a level pegging. The bouquet has a riveting intensity to it with clear honey, fresh apricots, nectarine and a touch of barley sugar. Brilliant definition. The palate if fresh and beautifully poised with a citrus entry and a lingering viscous, botrytis-rich core of fruit. Just a hint of ginger and dried pineapple developing with time. Yet I temper my score a little because unlike other vintages, this vintage has a sense of linearity, does not burst into pyrotechnics on the finish like the 1989 or 1990. A lovely Yquem no doubt, one that should last decades, but I hope it develops just a little more character. Drink now-2050. Tasted March 2009. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com



From an outstanding year in Sauternes, this Yquem has some honey character but fails to take off. It's a bit flat on the nose, lacking in acidity, turns a little dry on finish.--Yquem vertical. Drink now through 2010. Winespectator.com



Mid gold/copper. Very rich and heavy – but some quite burnt qualities. Long. A bit of astringency. Round and mellow. Not quite together but the acidity is good. Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com

Medium straw. inexpressive nose, some botrytis. medium-bodied, reasonable concentration, quite oaky, modest botrytis, lacks some vigour and verve, almost raisiny on finish, disappointing for Yquem. Decanter.com

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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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