1988 Yquem

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Average critic rating : 97.0 points



The 1988 is a backward-styled Yquem, built along the lines of the extraordinary 1975. With a honeyed, smoky, orange/coconut/pineapple-scented nose, this powerful wine possesses full body, layers of highly concentrated, extracted flavors, considerable botrytis, and a sensational finish. Last tasted 12/97. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate January 1998



This has a deep golden hue. Notes of orange-cut marmalade, quince, barleysugar on the nose that is as much inspired by Barsac as much as Sauternes. Not as complex as say, the ’89. The palate has good tension and delineation, orange zest, quince, lemon zest and nice lift towards the finish. Again, there is something that reminds me of a Barsac in this Yquem that will drink sooner than the ’89. Very fine. Tasted October 2007. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com



Lots of of beeswax, botrytis spice and honey, with hints of toffee. Full-bodied, very sweet, thick and layered. Caramel, toffee, spice. Molasses too. Very, very powerful. Muscular and rich. Fabulous Sauternes. Nothing comes close in this vintage.—'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Drink now. 6,500 cases made. James Suckling, winespectator.com



Dark tawny. The most uintriging nose Glossy and lively and more intellectual than the other two, Extremely long - a hint of ginger and real zest. Certainly seemed the best of these three without a doubt. Very racy and flirtatious – maybe racier than the 1989. Powerful and very very long. Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com

Medium gold. ultra-elegant nose, ample botrytis, classic, okay but not excessively so, toasty. lean, elegant, spicy, racy yet with ample botrytis, delicious fruit, exquisitely balanced. very good length. 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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