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1989 Ch. d'Yquem, Sauternes

Ch. d'Yquem, Sauternes
A lavish wine of extraordinary complexity. Rich, hugely extracted, with masses of fat and glycerin. Plenty of over-ripe tropical fruits, smoky new oak and astonishing length. Will go on developing for half a century or more.Château d'Yquem

Ch. d'Yquem, Sauternes
The favorite sweet wine of millionaires, Chateau d'Yquem has, not unexpectedly, turned in a brilliant effort with their newly released 1989. It is a large-scaled, massively rich, unctuously-textured wine that should evolve effortlessly for a half century or more. It does not reveal the compelling finesse and complexity of the 1988 or 1986, but it is a far heavier, richer wine than either of those vintages. It is reminiscent of the 1976, with additional fat and glycerin. The wine is extremely alcoholic and rich, with a huge nose of smoky, honey-covered coconuts and overripe pineapples and apricots. As with most young vintages of Yquem, the wine's structure is barely noticeable. These wines are so highly extracted and rich yet approachable young, it is difficult to believe they will last for 50 or more years. The 1989 is the richest Yquem made in the eighties, and it has an edge in complexity over the powerhouse 1983. It remains to be seen whether this wine will develop the extraordinary aromatic complexity possessed by the promising 1988 and 1986 Yquems.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - Wine Advocate - Issue#Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition - Jan 1998

Ch. d'Yquem, Sauternes
Product: 1372
Maturity: Drink 1995-2045 (Ready, but will keep)
Vintage: 1989
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Sauternes Map of the region
Producer: Château d'Yquem
Grape Variety: Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon
Style: Full Bodied, Sweet, 13.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
Eco Information: Organic in Conversion
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