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Château d'Yquem

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2017 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 99

Crisp notes of vanilla, marzipan, pineapple, mango, orange rind, flowers, and candied apricot are right there, as soon as wine the moves from the bottle to your glass. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, fresh, sweet, ripe and zippy. There is length, purity and precision. The lingering pineapple, apricot and sweet, lemon curd on your palate gets life from the jolt of racy acidity that runs down the middle. This is a top vintage for Chateau d'Yquem that is defined by its vibrant, freshness. What made 2017 so good, is the speed in which the sugar levels reached maximum potential. The harvest took place September 26 - October 13. The wine was made from blending 75% Semillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc, reaching 13.6% with sugars hitting 48 G/L. The Grand Vin was made from 40% of the harvest.

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2016 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 97

Chateau d'Yquem is great at any age, and this just-released beauty is no exception to that rule. The wine combines high levels of sweet, ripe, tropical fruits, honey coated apricots and pineapple. with freshness, giving the wine lift and freshness. This is going to offer superb drinking for at least 50 or more years.

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Fat, sweet, tropical fruits, apricots and Mandarin oranges slathered in honey, vanilla and flowers. This is quite rich, powerful and concentrated. It has more freshness than the 2003, but not as much freshness as you find in 2013. Still, this is complex, deep, long and intense, yet remarkably light on its feet. This will age much longer than I will.

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2015 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 99

The botrytis is strong in this one. From the moment your nose meets the glass, the nutty aromatics stick out like a sore thumb. Lush, sweet, rich and opulent, the intensity found of the tropical fruits does not quit. Pineapple, apricot and nutty sensations remain with you for at least 60 seconds. The wine is concentrated, lush, opulent, vibrant and has the ability to age for generations.

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Stunning in every sense of the word, the wine has an incredible level of sweetness; concentration of flavor, acidity and sweet honeyed, perfectly ripe and overripe tropical fruits. It is almost too much of a good thing. Note, I said almost! Yet, everything is in an amazing sense of balance and harmony. The finish must stay with you for at least 60 seconds or longer. Made from blending 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, the wine reached 13.9% alcohol with a pH of 3.65 pH. The wine is incredibly sweet with 144 grams per liter of sugar, but this is all kept in check due to the 6.2 grams per liter of total acidities. The harvest took place from September 3, to October 21. They took 4 passes through the vineyards this year. 99 - 100 Pts

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2014 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 97

Very much on the honeyed, citrus side of the style range. Lots of sweet, ripe, very ripe and overripe yellow fruits, ranging from pineapple and grapefruits to candied lemons. There is a lot of sweetness to the wine, paired with bracing acidity at 4.9 grams per liter, coupled with 135 grams of residual sugar, for those of you that like the numbers. This could be a thinking man's Yquem.

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2013 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 98

Everything you want in a sweet wine is here. The vibrant acidity, layers of ripe and overripe tropical fruit, ladles of honey and freshness in the finish, which just keeps on going.

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I should be embarrassed, having tasted this wine everyday for close to a week. But it's so good, I kept going back for more. And who could blame me? It is everything a great sweet wine should be. Blazing acidity, fat, rich, ripe and over ripe pineapples, apricots, peaches, nuts and honey that does not quit, with a fresh quality amidst its layers of unctuous, honey drenched fruit. Made from a blend of 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc, if you're a fan of sweet wines, this is clearly a glass of wine you need to taste and drink!

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Intense notes of grilled nuts open this intoxicating perfume of pineapple, orange, tangerine, vanilla custard, lemon curd, honey, candied grapefruit and spice. Intense, fat, concentrated and deep, the wine is long, lively and fresh with a honeyed pineapple and toasted, brioche finish. Interestingly, the wine will follow the pattern that took place with the 2011 Yquem and will not be offered as a future. 96-98Pts

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2012 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 0

No Chateau d'Yquem was produced in 2012. The entire harvest was declassified.

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2011 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 98

This beautiful Sauternes offers intense aromatics packed with overripe pineapple drenched in honey, roasted nuts, apricots, nectarines, white peach, flowers, orange rind and honey in the complex perfume. Thick, rich and intense, with the viscosity of motor oil, along with tropical fruit dripping with honey and the perfect amount of acidity for the 144 grams of residual sugar to give this elixir lift, 2011 Chateau d’Yquem is majestic. I do not think it’s quite at the same level of quality as the legendary 2001, but it’s not that far off. 98-99 Pts

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2010 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 97

Richly textured, with layers of fat, sweet, ripe and overripe orange hued tropical fruits, pineapples, mango, white peach and apricot, all slathered in honey and tinged with vanilla. Tightly wound at the moment, there is ample acidity awarding the wine lift, as well. This feels sweeter and the textures are even more opulent than usual at the moment, even with all the acidity. I suspect it will just need time to develop and come together.

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2009 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 99

Still just a baby as you would expect, yet it is impossible not to be blown by the juxtaposition between the insanely concentrated levels of ripe and over ripe, honey drenched tropical fruit and the bracing acidity that gives the wine life. Everything here is off the hook. This is so good today, I wish I had a bottle tonight. But if I had the wine in my cellar, as tempting as it might be, I'd wait at least 1 more decade, or better yet, 2 before I started thinking about popping a cork.

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Stunning levels of concentration, ripe, very, ripe, extremely ripe and over ripe tropical fruits, vanilla, coconut, flowers, honey and spice. Silky textures and a sweet, honeyed finish that does not want to quit.

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Thick, rich and intense, with powerful, fresh, sweet, pure waves of ripe and over ripe tropical fruit drenched in honey, nuts, crème brulee, vanilla, orange and honeysuckle, the wine coats your tongue, mouth and palate with sweetness, yet there is the right amount of acidity to give it lift. This stunning vintage of Chateau d’Yquem should outlive anyone reading this tasting note!

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2008 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 93

Light in color and in weight, this vintage of Chateau d'Yquem wine offers with a nose of flowers, honey, apricots and pineapple. Medium bodied, with zesty acidity, this lighter style of Sauternes feels more like a Barsac on the palate. It lacks the weight, density and concentration of a great Yquem. The finish ends with fresh orange rind, pineapple, roasted nuts and apricots lightly drizzled with honey. For the price Chateau d'Yquem is selling for, I want to be blown away when I taste the wine. 2008 d'Yquem is a nice wine, and it repsents what was possible with the vintage. But that's not what I want or expect for this much money or from Chateau d'Yquem.

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2007 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 97

Even in its infancy, it is impossible not to fall in love with this golden beauty. Lush, concentrated, sweet, opulent, fresh and loaded with all the rich, honeyed pineapples, tropical fruits, apricots and vanilla you need.

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So young, but equally delicious, it is impossible not to love this. Rich, concentrated, luscious fruits, lift and energy with a finish that delivers layers of tropical fruits, pineapple, white peach, honey, vanilla bean, apricot and spice.

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WOW! At just 10 years of age, it's impossible not to be blown away by this wine. Rich, concentrated, unctuous and packed with multiple layers of sweet, ripe and and very ripe golden fruits, honey, flowers and vanilla. What makes it all work is the blazing acidity that keeps it all so fresh and vibrant. You can wait decades for full maturity, and it will be worth the wait. Or, you can just pop a cork and enjoy the thrill ride as young Sauternes are not much better than this.

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I've often heard that you really cannot drink enough Yquem, can you? While I really believe that's true, I'm looking forward to the day we find out for sure. Sip after sip of laser focused, perfectly ripe, tropical fruit, citrus, apricots, vanilla, white peach and nectarine all slathered in honey with incredible levels of freshness made each sniff, swirl and swallow a treat. This is quite primary, but the fruit and textures are so gorgeous, it's difficult not to love the wine in your glass.

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Very sweet, powerful and concentrated, with fresh, lively, honey drenched tropical fruits, vanilla and floral notes. The wine has depth, complexity and length. Now, all it needs is a decade or two of bottle age.

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I wish I could afford this elixir. It has all the right stuff with its racy personality and decadent layers of juicy, ripe, honey coated tropical fruits, spices, vanilla, nuts and coconut. The wine is perfectly balanced between sweetness and acidity, with freshness and a beautiful purity of fruit. It sort of reminds me of the 1989 d’Yquem in its youth, except that was only $75 a half bottle.

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Some wines, due to the fame of the marquee, light up the faces of eager tasters when they are opened. The list of wines deserving of those accolades is short and sweet. Speaking of sweet, at the top of the pyramid of the world's sweet is Chateau d'Yquem. With its track record of successful vintages, that's where it belongs. 2007 d'Yquem is another great success for the chateau! With a deep gold color, the nose explodes with honey, flowers, white peaches, nectarines, orange rind, vanilla custard, nuts and overripe pineapple. There is an intensity of flavor, multiple layers of sweet, ripe, honey drenched fruit and the perfect amount of acidity to give the wine ample lift keeping it fresh.

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2006 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 96

It take little effort to find the ripe, sweet, tropical fruits, apricot, candied orange peel, pineapple, vanilla, floral and honey notes in the nose. The wine is sweet, with luscious textures, freshness but not as much lift as you find in the best years. This is not cloying per se, but more freshness would really make this pop. Still, the sweet, luscious, unctuous, honey coated tropical fruits and vanilla in the finish are more than enough to put a smile on your face.

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Better than the previous vintage, with its showy nose of vanilla, coconut, orange rind, apricot, marmalade, pineapple and white peaches that were soaked in honey for weeks on end. The wine is rich, intense, pure and refined, but it’s not the most concentrated or exotic style.

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2005 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 97

Buttery, lush, sweet, ripe and overripe pineapple, apricot and orange rind coated with honey and vanilla beans are found on the nose and palate. Rich, full-bodied, luscious and sweet, the blazing jolt of acidity keeps the wine up and the taster interested. Like all vintages of Yquem, the wine takes several decades to achieve full maturity. And also like all the best vintages of d'Yquem, it's just delicious to enjoy in its youth.

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This seems to be holding much of what it has to offer in reserve. With effort, the floral, pineapple, apricot and spiced honey came out. Concentrated, and pure, this is a very good wine, but it is probably not going to morph into one of the great Yquems.

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Incredibly young as you might expect, yet, delicious to drink already, due to its honey, vanilla, creamsicle, pineapple upside down cake nose. Fresh, sweet and concentrated, the long finish leaves you with loads of honey coated, pineapples and apricot sensations. If this is the only vintage of d'Yquem you own, I get why you might want to pop a cork. But patience will add a lot to the wine.

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With a nose that won’t let go, due to the intense floral, apricot, honey, pineapple, vanilla, custard and white peach aromas that take over the room. On the palate, the wine is rich, sweet, intense, long and fresh, serving up the difficult combination of honey coated fruit and acidity.

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2004 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 93

A nice Sauternes, but not am impressive d'Yquem. The wine is more expressive on the butterscotch, orange and semi tropical, honeyed nose, than on the palate, where you have all the acidity from a great year, without enough of the flesh and sweetness.

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Not a very generous vintage of Yquem. Yes, there was sweetness in the fruit with touches of honey on the tropical nuances, but there was no real wow factor here. This is a nice enough sweet wine, but it is never going to be a great vintage of Chateau d'Yquem.

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A nice Sauternes, but not a great d'Yquem. More interesting on the tropical, fruit filled nose, than on the palate, this will age well, but it's never going to deliver the fireworks many have come to expect from d'Yquem.

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With a nose of vanilla, honey, flowers, apricot and tropical fruits with orange accents, the wine is rich, sweet and spicy with a honey coated, orange sickle and pineapple finish with refreshing acidity, but lacking the concentration and levels of sweetness found in the best years.

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2003 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 97

The initial baby fat from the low acidity is barely noticeable today. The wine is now popping with its perfect combination of freshness and honeyed sweetness. The layers of honey drenched tropical fruits, apricots, white peach, vanilla and a hint of custard taste, smell and feel great. Drink this now for its youthful pleasure or wait decades for an entirely different experience. It's a beauty and for d'Yquem, it's fairly priced, especially when you factor in its high quality and style.

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2003 d’Yquem is a fun wine to taste. It's absolutely delicious! It's spicy, thick, sweet, lush, fat and opulet in character with its layers of over ripe, honey drenched, juicy, pineapple, apricot, tropical fruits, vanilla and nut filled character. Not as complex as the best vintages of Chateau d'Yquem, and not quite as fresh, this is still a stunning sweet, white Bordeaux wine. And it sells for a very fair price for d'Yquem these days. Drink it now, or age it for decades.

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While d’Yquem is never inexpensive, recent vintages are appallingly expensive. It’s not realistic for buyers to purchase futures, or new releases for more money than previous vintages. 2003 marks the last realistically price year for d’Yquem. This is good news because the wine is fabulous. It gets better each time I taste it. With an ocean of fat, super sweet, incredibly ripe, dense, thick waves of pineapples, apricots, oranges, tangerines, peaches and nectarines all coated with macadamia nut honey, vanilla and nuts, it’s a treat to sniff, swirl and best of all sip. It’s not the 2001, but it’s a beautiful d’Yquem that sells for less than half the price.

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When first tasted on release, the wine was much thicker and seemed in need of higher levels of acidity as the wine felt slightly cloying. Over the past few years, this is starting to mature in a good direction. This will not cause any taster to forget the sublime 2001, but the wine has starting to come together and feel fresher, with better balance in the mouth. Layers of fresh pineapple, apricots, grilled nuts, nectarines and orange peel dipped in honey make up the wines flavor profile. Give this another decade and you should see a lot of improvement, if you can keep your hands off it.

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With the color of spun honey, this impressive Yquem offers a rich nose of honey, apricots, spice, orange rind, vanilla, peach and pineapple. Thick, intense, powerful and sweet, this wine really coats your mouth. The long finish is stuffed with ripe, honey drenched tropical fruit. This is a low acid vintage for Yquem, so the it lacks a little bit of lift. But the fruit shows much intensity and purity, it's exciting to drink even at this young age.

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Layers of rich, over ripe, tropical fruit dipped in honey with coconut accents. The wine has the perfect dose of acidity giving it freshness and lift.

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For my palate, this majestic elixir is the best Yquem since 1990, following the flawless 2001 of course. Tasted 3 times with the same results, this rich, unctuous, ripe, intensely concentrated wine explodes from the glass with a cornucopia of honeyed, floral, spice and tropical scents. The wine glides across your palate in continuos waves of sensuous, ripe, sweet fruit. 2003 is like a blend of 88 & 90 to me. Very dense, powerful and concentrated. A little more acidity would have pushed the score higher.

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2001 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 100

Not even close to mature, but who cares? This is so good. Unctuous, fresh, concentrated, sweet and complex, the endless layers of ripe, very ripe, and overripe apricots, pineapples, and assorted tropical fruits all slather with honey is a show stopper! But that would not be possible without all of the wines concentration and the blazing bolt of acidity that gives the wine the fuel it needs to jump up, and keep on going. Drink this now, or leave it for your kids in 50 years, or your grandchildren in 100 years. It's that good!

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This rockstar wine never fails to please the palate and the senses in every way. Incredibly concentrated, yet light on its feet. Sweetness galore, but with the racy acidity needed to give it lift. The fruit has the beautiful, sense of purity and everything is slathered in honey. I need more!

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What can I say that hasn't already been said? Purity, intensity, freshness, density and complexity in spades. This is as good as a sweet wine gets. The scary thing is, it has not even budged towards maturity. Having tasted Yquem at 80 years of age, current owners will never see it. But who cares as this is damn delicious today?

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Take the ripest, juiciest pineapple you have ever seen, meaning today, just touching brings the juice out, tomorrow, it will begin falling apart. Place it in a hot pan filled with butter, brown sugar, honey and apricots for the aromas. Drizzle in the juice of a Meyer lemon to give it all the acidity it needs and sip slowly, to experience the full essence of its stunning, unctuous personality. The wine does not go softly into the good night as the finish remains for more than 60 seconds!

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This is a thrill a sip wine. It's so young and so beautiful in all its fresh, ripe, pineapple, floral, vanilla, creme custard, honey nut glory. The sweetness is perfect and the racy acidity takes it to another level from there. If you're over 50, start drinking it now for the pleasure. If you're under 30, save it for 30 years.

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If some artists or performers are known and described by only one name, Jimi, Picasso, Matisse, Madonna, Garbo, perhaps the only descriptor needed for this wine is 2001 d’Yquem. I know that works for anyone lucky enough to have tasted this nectar. The best vintage since 1975 for the estate is off the charts, in all the right ways! It blends intense, massive layers of pure, ripe, honey drenched fruits with bracing acidity give it a laser like focus that is found in few other wines. While it’s not close to maturity, drinking this now is a thrill a sip ride. If you lay down a few bottles for your kids, OK, make that your grandchildren, they will remember you fondly.

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It's funny. I taste this wine at least a few times a year and I seldom take notes, thinking I've already posted a current view on this sexy, sweet elixir. I was surprised to see only one note published. Time to fix that situation. If aromatics are your thing, the blast of fresh green apples, apricot, smoke, caramel, white peach, molasses and pineapple slathered in honey is the right place to start. Thick, rich, intense and packed with countless layers of ripe, and over ripe fruit, the wine ends with a dense, silky, fat, opulent finish. The zippy acidity keeps everything where it should be. Drink this now, or save for your kids, kids and let them taste their first 100 year old wine.

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This perfect Sauternes gets better every time I taste it. Thick, rich, ripe, extremely concentrated with honeyed, tropical fruit and the right jolt of racy acidity to give it lift and keep everything in balance.

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1999 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 88

Other than the label, there is no reason to own or buy this wine. An abundance of better choices at half the price are available from the 01 vintage. Light honeyed yellow fruit without much centration of boytrytis make this an easy pass.

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1998 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 93

Medium bodied, lighter style of d'Yquem, with a lean to the orange, apricot, tangerine side of the style range. This is an Yquem that does not require, or even ask for decades of age. It's quite tasty today.

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Due to the lack of botrytis in the vintage, I was not expecting to like the 1998 d'Yquem as much as I did. I love it when a wine shows much better than expected! The nose was filled with vanilla, honeysuckle, apricot, pineapple and spice. Medium/full bodied, sweet, round and lush, the wine ends with a delicious mouthful of candied orange, apricot, spice, vanilla custard and sweet pineapple.

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1997 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 96

On a rapid path to full maturity, the wine delivers a beautiful, purity of ripe, and over ripe tropical fruit, honey, floral and spice notes, all wrapped up in an elegant, silky, opulently, textured bundle.

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The nose is complex, with time, buttered popcorn, caramel, butterscotch, candied orange, honey, pineapple and apricot scents emerge. Fresh, sweet, concentrated, vibrant, long and not at all heavy or cloying, this is still quite young, yet, with its all its attributes, it's a treat to drink today. Patient consumers will be happy in 10, 20, 30 or or more years I'm quite sure. This was the perfect end to a great Thanksgiving dinner.

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Opened for International Sweet Wine day, this was a stunner. White peaches, flowers, apricot and pineapples were slathered in honey and vanilla. The wine is rich, concentrated, full bodied and luscious, with sweetness, viscosity and freshness. Still young, this is great now and it's only going to get better with 5, 10, 20 or 30 years of age, depending on how you like it.

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Another fabulous tasting experience. It's a treat to sample the balancing act between the layers of perfectly ripe, honeyed tropical fruits and the acidity that keeps everything lively and fresh. Still young, you can pop a cork today for its youthful exuberance, or wait a few decades for the caramel, butterscotch and spicy notes to appear.

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Drinking d'Yquem never gets old. The beautiful, perfectly ripe tropical fruit drenched in honey, vanilla and spicy tones, coupled with racy acidity keeps the wine fresh and exciting. Still young, the wine has barely moved, except in texture. But you do not have to wait for decades to experience this wine. It's great today and will be even better if, or when your grandchildren open it. That is... if you can keep your hands off it.

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If you want Chateau d'Yquem in your cellar and you do not want to spend the money for the 2001, run, do not walk and buy this wine. It's a very good example of what makes Yquem great! With the perfect level of acidity to create freshness and lift, the extremely ripe pineapple, apricot, tropical fruit, floral, vanilla, nut and spice aromas are worth the price of admission. On the palate, the elegant wine is not heavy, it's about balance, purity and sweetness, coupled with lift. If you like your Sauternes young, and most people do, pop a cork! If you prefer waiting, there is no hurry on this winner.

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Medium rich with honeyed, tropical fruit notes and vanilla. This is a very well made Yquem, perfectly balancing acidity and sweetness. But, it lacks the concentration, depth and level of botrytis found in the best years. For my palate, this is probably what a vintage like 70 or 71 tasted like young.

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1996 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 95

A beauty that is already fun to taste and enjoy for its honeyed, apricot, spice, pineapple, orange peel and vanilla bean profile. Low acid and fat in style, this glass of sunshine and pleasure hits the sweet spot.

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Pineapple, apricot and tropical fruits coated with honey and nuts in the perfume, there is a sweetness and intensity of overripe orange and spicy tropical fruits coated with honey, with enough acidity to keep the wine fresh. This already drinking well and should for decades.

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1996 Chateau d'Yquem opens to exotic scents of honey coated, apricots, vanilla, white peaches, flowers, roasted nuts, orange rind and pineapple. This rich, sweet, thick, full bodied wine is filled with honey drenched, tropical fruit with the perfect amount of acidity to give it lift. Still young, another decade will add a lot to this stunning Sauternes.

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1995 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 94

The is a clearly a nice Sauternes, but it's not a great Yquem. Made in a discreet, subdued style, the typical flamboyance, wealth of fruit and bracing acidity is just not there.

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This is d'Yquem light. If you're a fan of vintages like 1999, you will like this more than I did. The fruit is sweet, soft and open. There is a nice honeyed, tropical character to the wine, but it lacks the concentration and depth found in the top years for this wine.

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1994 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 85

It's almost always exciting to taste any vintage of d'Yquem. Especially one that you've never seen before. On the other hand, there's an exception for every rule. 94 Yquem is the exception to the rule. This could have been a bottle of "Y", the dry wine produced by Yquem. It lacked concenttration, sweetness and botrytis. Petrol, apricots and unclean flavors, plus a large tab for an overpriced wine is what you'll find in this vintage of off Yquem. This is not a bad wine, it's a poor Yquem. There is a difference. This is not a wine to buy.

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1990 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 98

From a half bottle, purchased on release, the wine is loaded with buttery, pineapple, apricots, orange and honey, with floral accents and a hint of butterscotch. Plus, rich, round, sweet and lively, the wine is just starting to show its secondary development. Talk about pure pleasure in a glass.

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Served in Reidel Sommelier glasses, the aromatics exploded with an array of secondary notes. I mention the glasses, because I have never experienced all the buttered popcorn, creme caramel, Cointreau, brown sugar, crème brulee, melted butter and white chocolate aromas that were sitting on top of the honey coated, tropical fruits before. Dense, but not overbearing, rich, but not cloying, fresh, but never overly acidic, everything was in perfect balance and harmony. The scary thing is, the wine is just starting to enter its second phase of development. What happens in the next 30 years is going to be even better!

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Like all great wine, this just keeps improving with age. I should age as well. Rich, luscious, opulent and concentrated, there is intensity of flavor, purity of fruit and a complexity few other wines offer. The finish, with its perfect blend of honey coated fruits and bracing acidity must keep you busy for at least 50 seconds. At 27, this is just starting to open. You can drink this now, wait a decade or save it for your grandchildren. Me, I'm not waiting, this is a beauty.

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Floral, honey, creme brulee, apricot, nectarine and orange make a beautiful, complex perfume. Viscous and intense. Very concentrated. Lots of ripe tropical pineapple, peach, pear, apricot and cherry fruit that seems drenched in honey and topped with vanilla. Mouth coating. It does not have acidity found in the 01. But the wine is not cloying. The finish is long, pure and the way to end a splendid night of wines and friendship, both old and new.

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Golden honey in color, potent scents of toast, honey, fresh baked croissants, grilled nuts, pineapple, apricot and white peaches waft from the glass. Rich, unctuous, sweet, dense, ripe pineapple, mango, apricot, spice, vanilla and over ripe peaches drenched in honey coat your palate. This is a delicious, ripe, sweet Chateau d'Yquem that will age and improve for decades.

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The wine is a thrill to put your nose in. That is if you’re turned on by ripe apricots, peaches, nectarines, pineapple, flower, honey, grilled nuts and coconut aromatics. Thick, rich, dense and concentrated, this powerful wine fills every nook and cranny in your mouth with fat sensations of ripe fruit, dripping with honey and roasted nut flavors. The intense long finish has enough acidity to keep everything in balance.

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Remains youthful. The wine is a thrill to put your nose in. That is if you’re turned on by ripe apricots, peaches, nectarines, pineapple, flower, honey, grilled nuts and coconut aromatics. Thick, rich, dense and concentrated, this powerful wine fills every nook and cranny in your mouth with fat sensations of ripe fruit, dripping with honey and roasted nut flavors. The intense long finish has enough acidity to keep everything in balance.

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Massive levels of ripe, tropical, honeyed fruit with the perfect amount of acidity to give it lift. As good as it is, it's going to keep improving for decades

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Layer after layer of the richest, sexiest, lush, tropical fruit you ever tasted all dipped in honey. As concentrated and powerful as it is, you never tire from sipping it as there's enough acidity to offer it lift. It’s an amazing, decadent, tasting sensation!

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Deeply colored, offers flawless balance, intense sweetness and the perfect amount of acidity to keep it fresh. This is incredibly thick and concentrated with aromatics of honeyed pineapples, coconut custard and spicy apricots. Still very young and primary.

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1989 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 97

It is never the sweetness on its own that makes this work. It is the razor-edged acidity that makes the honeyed, tropical yellow and orange fruit, flowers, butterscotch, burnt caramel, and vanilla pop. Young, fresh, vibrant, full-bodied and complex, drink it now or save it for your kids. I am sure this will age for at least another 30-40 or 50 years if well-stored!

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This just keeps getting better and better, like all great wines! Thick and rich, with enough extract of ripe and over ripe tropical fruit slathered in honey that you want to eat it. But the racy acidity keeps it all in check. Drink this now, wait a year, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years of gift it to your kids. Great stuff!

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The right, no make that perfect balance of freshness, sweetness and honey slathered fruit that coats your palate with the essence of ripe, very ripe and extremely ripe.

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No matter how many times I taste this elixir, it's always an exciting tasting experience. I've been lucky enough to have tasted this vintage twice, in the last 3 three and both times, the pineapple, floral, vanilla, apricot, spice and white peaches drenched in honey made a compelling bouquet. On the palate, over the years the wine has continued putting on weight and gaining new levels of complexity. There is a beautiful purity to the fruit that is not found in other wines. The acidity keeps it fresh and lively. At 24 years of age, it's still a baby. Drink it now, or save it for your lucky grandchildren.

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Rich, filled with honey covered tropical fruit and acidity to give it lift should deliver pleasure for decades.

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Honeyed apricots, flowers, vanilla, oak aromas were easy to catch. Very rich and fat on the palate. Beautiful, seamless finish.

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Yquem has a unique style that’s not duplicated. Ripe, honeyed pineapple, peach, nectarine, apricot and orange flowers fill the perfume. Rich, concentrated but with enough acidity toe keep it fresh. The long, honey drenched finish is a pleasure and treat.

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1988 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 98

This keeps getting better and better. I won't be around when this hits full maturity, whenever that is, but I'm digging it right now. With gobs of honey drenched pineapples, apricots and tropical fruit, the wine is dense. But the acidity cuts right through. The spicy character, opulent mouthfeel and incredible length are something to experience, at least twice, because it's that good.

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Holy Frickin' Moleeo.... Is that how you spell that? Who cares? This is stunning juice! The caramel, butterscotch, Cointreau, cooked apricot, honey, molasses, coffee, vanilla and floral aromas are off the charts. Rich, intense, concentrated, bright and bursting with acidity, the wine is the perfect mix of sweetness, freshness, and purity of fruit. The finish takes on a honeyed, ripe and over ripe pineapple sensation that sticks with you for 60 seconds or longer. This wine is a deal sealer.

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Chateau d'Yquem is more than the waves of concentrated, perfectly ripe, honeyed, tropical fruit. It's freshness that goes along with the experience, keeping the wine uplifted and expansive. That combination is impossible to find in other sweet wines. Every sniff, sip and taste was a treat. Still young, this intensely concentrated wine should last 100 years!

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With a beautiful, yellow, copper, orange, gold hue, the nose screams with loud enough to taste it around the block, with its white peach, pineapple, caramel, creme brulee, apricot, honey, candied orange peel and tropical fruits. Rich, fat, dense and beyond luscious, the wine marries sweetness with blistering acidity, keeping everything lifted, with just the prefect amount of tension. The finish is pure, sweet, fresh and built to age for longer than most people reading this note. I've tasted this wine a lot over the years and this is the best showing yet for this majestic elixir. If you're young enough to wait, this is only going to get better and better with more time.

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With an orange glow in its hue, this rich, fat, sweet, intense, flavorful wine serves up layer after layer of pure, honeyed, tropical sweetness. Drink this now, or seal it in a time capsule for your grandchildren.

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Honey, flowers, pineapple, apricot, orange and tropical fruits slathered in honey, along with rich textures and mouthful of perfectly ripe, sweet, ripe, honeyed fruit and fruits. This is drinking great today and is only going to get better over the next several decades. This could be favorite vintage of the famous trio, 1988, 1989 and 1990.

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With a blast of coconut, pineapple, flowers, spice, orange, apricot and honey drenched, tropical fruit, the wine continues adding complexity. The finish couples decadent honeyed fruit with freshness and acidity.. Thick, rich, dense and incredibly lush, this is sweet hedonism at its best.

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Endless aromatics of ripe pineapples, nectarines, peaches, flowers, spices, vanilla, coconut and more all drenched and dripping honey. Wave after wave of luxurious fruit flows across your palate. This wine is incredibly concentrated. Very dense and full bodied with ample acidity keeping everything in balance.

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1986 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 96

1986 d’Yquem offers the perfect balance of acidity and sweet, ripe, honeyed tropical fruit. Pineapples, crème brulee, apricots, honey, grilled nuts and vanilla with freshness, sweetness and lift.

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Sporting a beautiful hue akin to 24 K Gold! The nose bathed in pineapples, apples, apricots, vanilla, honey and cherry blossoms. Very concentrated, almost dense. The finish was pure silk with an odd chalky sensation. The palate was caressed by a cornucopia of honeyed, tropical fruit. The wine continued improving in the glass. This is too young to drink. Let it rest another 5-10 years before opening.

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1983 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 96

The color seemed more developed than previous bottles, with its orange, honey and copper hue. The nose grabs you as soon as the wine hits the glass. Honey coated tropical fruit, pineapple, apricot, vanilla custard and orange marmalade flavors are in full force, culminating with a sweet, spicy, fresh layer of fruits slathered in honey. From a 375, the bottle was popped and poured.

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This is a very good Yquem that has approached maturity quicker than expected. However, even with its beautiful, sweet, apricot, caramel and honeyed pineapple charms, it lacks that certain special something found in the best years of this often stunning wine. For the money, you're better off buying 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1990.

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Looking slightly older than it should, with its copper, orange hue, the apricot, honey, orange, spice, overripe pineapple and nutty perfume caught your focus with no effort. But this specific bottle seemed a little but shorter than it should be, while lacking the intensity, sweetness and length found in the finish of better bottles. This was a very good Sauternes, but only a nice bottle of 1983 d'Yquem. You know what they say, with age, there are only great bottles, not great wines.

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Deep gold in color, this honeyed, pineapple, peach, apricot and crème brulee scented wine delivers the goods. Intense levels of sweet, ripe, fat, lush, tropical fruit easily glide over your palate. The long, decadent finish is truly luxurious. The perfect way to end a splendid evening.

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1982 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 92

A beautiful, dark gold hue is the first thing you notice. The orange marmalade, apricot, honey. creme brulee, pineapple and white peach nose, shows a bit more citrus than tropical fruits normally found in Yquem. The finish is there, but the problem is, it's also gone before you know it. It lacks the lingering quality and freshness of the top vintages. Still, this is a nice wine. It's just not a great Yquem.

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Medium bodied, and slightly coarse for Chateau d'Yquem, the wine was focused on the orange and tangerine side of the style range. Perhaps, it's a bit disappointing for Yquem overall, but in the context of the vintage, it's fine, as 1982 was much better for red Bordeaux wine. Drink this sooner than later if you have any.

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1981 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 91

Spun gold color, pineapple, marzipan, honey, apples, orange rind, smoke, vanilla and nectarine aromas are easy to find. Medium bodied with light sugary flavors of orange and peach, this medium weight, lighter style of d’Yquem is fully mature and should be drunk up sooner than later.

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1980 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 94

When expectations are low, it's always a nice surprise when a wine performs much better than expected. This off vintage of d'Yquem offered an attention grabbing perfume filled with ripe apricots, pineapple, honey, vanilla, nectarines, toffee coated nuts and spiced peaches. Ripe, sweet and concentrated with delicious, honey coated tropical fruit in the rich finish, this is probably one of the best deals for a mature bottle of Chateau d'Yquem in the marketplace today. This was my last bottle. A perfect ending to a great case of Sauternes wine.

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1979 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 87

This was botrytis light. Golden honey color, nose of apricots, vanilla and guava. Good mouth feel but lacks the weight of a strong vintage. On the palate, some honeyed orange and pineapple notes. A good , fully mature Yquem but certainly not great.

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1976 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 96

The perfume rocked! Buttered honey, burnt caramel, apricot, candied tangerine, crushed stone and orange peel never left your glass. Concentrated, lively, long, elegant and fresh, there was ample sweetness with loads of complexity, but the sensation of botrytis was subdued. This is drinking in a really good place today. It might get better, but if you have a few bottles, open one and check it out.

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This is a very good d'Yquem that is showing a wealth of secondary characteristics with its caramel, butterscotch, roasted pineapple, apricot, honey and candied orange rind character. However, the wine is slightly better on the nose, than on the luscious, sweet, tropical fruit and honey coated palate. At the end of the day, while good, it lacks the energy, freshness and complexity that is often found in the 1975.

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Decadence in a glass. Multiple layers of rich, honeyed, unctuous tropical fruit, vanilla and coconut roar from the pour. The palate enjoys a sexy bath of plush sweetness in this special Bordeaux.

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1975 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 98

It has been a few years since I last tasted this wine, and baby, "I've missed you!" With blazing, racy acidity, the wine roars with its waves of ripe, sweet, juicy, fresh, pure, honeyed apricot, orange peel, pineapple, creme brulee, spice, flowers and vanilla. The wine is rich and sweet, but never cloying or out of balance. It has length, purity and complexity and its only reached its teen years. I am sure future generations of wine lovers will be loving this wine in 2075!

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I cannot think of many wines that have displayed this level of consistency. This stunning wine has been perfect on more occasions than I can count. After a night of great wines, time and time again this has been scored as the wine of the night on numerous occasions. With its flashy display of decadent tropical fruits slathered in honey, vanilla, flowers, spice and candied citrus peel, it’s easy to see why. On the palate, the more than :60 finish has the perfect balance of acidity, giving it lift and freshness coupled with dense, ripe, over ripe and extremely ripe tropical fruits. This is the wine to buy, if you can afford it.

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Fathers day does not come around enough. As Chateau d'Yquem is my dad's favorite wine, I popped a 1975! With a beautiful golden hue, pineapple upside down cake, caramel, honeysuckle, cinnamon, coffee, orange rind, apricot, smoke, creme brulee and smoke create the complex aromatics. Liquid silk and velvet drenched in honey textures in the mouth lead to a long, fresh, bright, pineapple, apricot, vanilla, cocoa, orangesicle and spice filled finish. While this was a great bottle of 1975 d'Yquem, I've had fresher examples showing more yellow fruit, sweetness and less creme brulee.

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1975 Chateau d’Yquem is a contender for the most consistent 100 Pt wine I have ever tasted. Bottle after bottle has been stunning and this 5 Yquem was no exception. With a copper, orange color, honey covered apricots, floral aromas, pineapples, creme brulee, coconut and tropical aromas explode in front of your nose. Viscous, opulent, packed and stacked with endless waves of deep, juicy, spicy, honey drenched fruit, your mouth, teeth and gums are coated with pleasure .Everything is on balance. The perfect amount of acidity keeps the wine, fresh and lively. The seamless finish lasts well over a minute. If you have the money and want to experience Yquem at its best, Kenny Loggins had it right, "This is it!"

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With the color of pure, honey, the aromatics can seemingly be experienced from across the room! Apricots, oranges, flowers, roasted pineapples, caramel, grilled nuts all drenched in Acacia honey. Thick, concentrated, rich, lush and opulent fruit coats your mouth, teeth and gums. But its the perfect balance that becomes evident with the lift of acidity that makes this one of the best dessert wines ever produced. The long, honey coated, tropical fruit filled, seamless finish lasts over 60 seconds! This stunning wine is flawless. Perhaps the 2001 will be better. And in 25 years, when that wine begins to enter maturity, we'll find out, But for today, I cannot think of a vintage of Chateau d'Yquem that offers better drinking.

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This is the real deal. Incredible levels of sweet, ripe, decadent, complex, rich, honeyed fruit with ample acidity to give it lift. This wine offers intense purity, ripeness and sweetness.

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1971 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 95

Probably close to fully mature, the butterscotch, caramel, apricot, orange, honey, custard and pineapple bouquet is more than enticing. Great concentration of flavor, and a sweet, vibrant, honeyed, brown sugar, candied orange rind, honeyed tropical fruit finish that really lingers, seals the deal.

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1970 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 92

Orange in color and in fruit, with accents of caramel, butterscotch, grilled nuts, apricots, honey and candied citrus, the wine has freshness and energy, but it lacks the levels of depth and sugar found in the best vintages. This is clearly on the advanced, secondary side of life.

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From the first whiff, this copper colored wine makes it easy to find honey, orange, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, pineapple, nectarine and grilled nut aromas. The wine is full bodied and concentrated, but in the mouth there is a slightly dull quality to the fruit. There is not enough acidity or sweetness to make this wine exciting. The wine is chunky and finishes with honeyed, orange and mango flavors.

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The first thing you notice is the beautiful, orange, honey colored hue staring at you from the glass. The perfume, with its intoxicating scents of orange blossoms, honey, caramel and grilled pineapples is a treat. On the palate, the wine is balanced with layers of sweet, honeyed tropical fruit. This could use more concentration. However, any Yquem is always a welcome treat, especially mature bottles.

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1967 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 97

The nose kills with its intoxicating blend of honeyed apricot, marshmallow, creme de caramel, orange, butterscotch, stone, smoke candied orange, vanilla, cocoa and floral notes. Rich and full on the palate, everything here is perfectly balanced between sweet, orange and yellow honeyed fruits and a jolt of acidity. At 52 years of age, this is just now entering its stride and is only going to get better from here!

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A dream wine shared with a friend for his 50th birthday, this did not disappoint. Caramel, butterscotch, candied orange rind, marzipan, overripe pineapple, apricot and tangerine all slathered in honey with some marzipan to boot. Lusciously textured, yet equally fresh and diabolically sweet, the reason Yquem earns its accolades and high price becomes apparent as the wine hits 50 years of age in the best vintages.

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If creme caramel, butterscotch, sweet, ripe, tropical fruits, orange, flowers, honey, roasted chestnuts and silky, plush, opulent textures is your thing, this wine is for you. This wine was for me and I loved it! What a stunning beauty. Happy I was able to share it with my father for our end of the year dinner. There was just a bit of wine left in the bottle overnight and it was still going strong. At days before its 50th birthday, this is really delivering the goods. I know it's popular to knock Yquem for its price when measured against its peers. And there is something to that, especially when the wine is young. But when Yquem hits 50, or even older, this is when the magic really happens and the other wines are left behind.

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It's always sad when great wines don't deliver, especially when the exalted bottle is pricey as well. I've had great bottles of 1967 d'Yquem before, but not this time. The color was that beautiful, orange, amber, copper hue. The nose, with its butterscotch, creme brulee, orange and sweet aromas seemed more subdued than exuberant. On the palate is where this bottle fell short. While there was good concentration of flavor, this bottle lacked the length and vigor the wine can produce. It's important to always keep in mind with old bottles, each is a unique tasting experience, some are going to be better, while others will be worse the for wear. The no great wines, only great bottles comment works perfectly here.

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This was from the chateau so my experience could be better than most bottles in the marketplace. Copper, orange and caramel in color, the wine offers a complex array of carmelized fruits, vanilla, grilled nuts, apricot, pineapple, lemon curd and candied orange rind. Fresh, rich, soft and sweet, this is very good now and I imagine perfectly stored bottles will get even better.

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Caramel in color, with an intoxicating nose of smoke, caramel, roasted pineapple, spice, orange rind and burnt sugar. While rich, some of the intense sweetness seems to have faded. The wine is more focused on the caramel and crème brulee, than decadent honeyed fruits. That is not to say this was not wonderful, but it’s not in the same league as the perfect 1975 Chateau d’Yquem. 95

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Expresses a stunning cornucopia of caramel, pineapple, apricots, smoke, molasses, honey, coconut, toast and brown sugar nose, this Bordeaux was intoxicating. This was made better by the rich, decadent, seemingly endless, hedonistic mouth feel. The long finish left memories of a honey drenched, tropical fruit filled creme brulee. Paired with a sweet corn risotto and foie gras, this was off the charts! As a comparison, the 67 was better than a recent bottle of 59 D'Yquem, but not as good as the sublime 75 D'Yquem which remains my favorite vintage

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1966 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 83

More acid than fruit, more fragrance than flavor, this vintage of Chateau d'Yquem is well past its prime. Unless you're seeking a birth year Sauternes to commemorate a birthday or special occasion, at the prices being asked for this vintage, avoid buying this wine.

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1962 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 96

With a beautiful, copper, orange and caramel hue, the apricot, honey, creme brulee, marmalade, caramel and butterscotch aromatics grabbed you. Silky, with perhaps a bit more freshness than sweetness in the mouth, the finish is packed with candied orange, pineapple, creme caramel and candied citrus rind. The wine remained at the same level of quality for hours in the glass.

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Molasses, with copper accents in color, with a nose of butterscotch, caramel, apricot, orange, creme brulee and roasted nuts, you know you're in for a treat. The wine is silky, young, spicy, sweet, luscious and delicious. The finish really leaves an impression that you do not want to lose. The wine makes you keep your nose in the glass long after the last sip has been tasted. Yes, Chateau Yquem is expensive, especially when compared to every other Sauternes. Perhaps in its youth, it's hard to know why. But pop a cork on any other 50 year old bottle of sweet, white Bordeaux next to an Yquem and the lights will go off. You'll get it!

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Butterscotch, spice, honey, tropical fruit and crème brulee. Rich, sweet, opulent and sensuous, the wine feels great as it flows over your palate with sweet caramel and spicy, tropical fruits. I loved this wine!

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1961 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 92

In a vintage known to be much better for red wine, than white, there was plenty to like about this beauty. Still fresh, and focused on the orange and honeyed citrus side of the fruit range, the fruit seemed like it was poached in butter, with honey and roasted nuts slathered on top, to add more character.

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With a beautiful color, slightly discernible scents of flowers, spice, pineapple and crème brulee popped up. Too much acidity and not enough fruit after 50 years made this a wine to open if you have it, but pass on buying it if you don't. Stick to 1961 Red Bordeaux.

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1959 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 93

Not the best bottle I've ever tasted of this often stunning wine. With a color and fill that were too advanced for its age, this amber colored wine offered more secondary notes of caramel, butterscotch, buttered popcorn, cooked apricot, candied orange and brioche than luscious honeyed fruit. The sweetness had declined somewhat and there was more noticeable acidity than fruits and honey. The hands of age were strong on this bottle.

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Deep caramel in color, with a nose of apricot, orange marmalade, toffee, vanilla, bees wax, brown sugar and honey, the wine has exchanged its previous, vibrant, sweet, honeyed yellow fruits for a creme brulee, lemon peel and brown sugar character. Based on this bottle, I'd drink this sooner than later.

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1955 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 97

Darker in color than I would have expected, it was on the deep, dark, amber side of caramel, or mahogany, don't let the color scare you off. The aromatics sizzled with coffee, caramel, butterscotch, nuts buttered tropical fruit and honey. Thick, rich and fat, yes, the wine could have used a bit more freshness, but the finish was long, intense, sweet and packed with flavor. I know d'Yquem is shockingly expensive, but when Yquem just starts to get going, at perhaps 40-50-60 years of age, the other Sauternes are usually left in the dust.

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1949 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 94

Honey, burnt orange sugar, apricots, pineapples, vanilla and crème brulee soar from the glass. But, this wine is not produced in the style of modern Yquems. This does not have the nearly the same level of sweetness or viscosity found in the best vintages of the 80’s and 90’s. Perfectly balanced with the right amount of acidity to give it lift.

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1948 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 94

On the bright, orange, tangerine, apricot, burnt sugar, butter, floral and butterscotch side, the wine is very fresh, bright and not overly sweet. The candied orange component stands out, as does the bright, flower, spice, burnt sugar, orange tropical fruit and honey finish.

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1945 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 100

In color, this almost 70 year old wine sported copper with orange hues. With time, about 30 minutes, candied orange, caramel, burnt sugar, grilled pineapple, honey and nut aromas rose from the glass to create the perfume. Soft, lush and sweet, the wine leaves a rich trail of caramel corn, brioche, roasted orange, spice, butterscotch, grilled pineapple and vanilla sensations on your palate. It does not have the same level of concentration, complexity or exotic texture found in the legendary 1937, but it's close. This was my first time with this vintage. I hope it’s not going to be my last.

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1937 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 100

With a deep copper hue, the aromatics are explosive! Chocolate, coffee, crème brulee, orange, caramel, flowers, spice, butterscotch, earth and cocoa are revealed. Silky, velvet drenched layers of orange coated with cocoa and chocolate remain on the palate for well over 60 seconds. Chateau d’Yquem is expensive and some consumers feel when compared to other Sauternes, Chateau d’Yquem is not worth the difference in price. That is because they have never experienced a fully mature vintage of Chateau d’Yquem. At 75 years of age, this wine is still going to improve for another 25-50 or even 75 more years!

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1929 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 97

Mahogany in color, the nose showed off its caramel, butterscotch, orange rind, cooked apricot, spice and cocoa dusted orange tinted, tropical fruit character with ease. The wine still had viscosity and sweetness. I am not sure this was a perfect bottle as the color seemed a bit too dark. I imagine a better stored bottle would be off the charts!

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1928 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 98

Mahogany in color, the combination of chocolate covered orange, creme de caramel, butterscotch, caramel, dried apricot and green apple pie blows you away. Pure silk in texture, the wine cascades over your palate, drenching your senses for over 60 seconds. Lacking the same level of freshness found in the 37, or 45, this is still about as good as a wine gets. Utterly profound, the wine was effortless to drink. Young, tasters do not often get the different between Yquem and other Sauternes, especially when price is a factor. But as the wine gets more than 50 years of age, it blossoms into one of the world's great tasting experiences.

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1890 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 70

Now, this is a bottle you do not see everyday. Carmel in color, the flavors and aromas were focused on burnt sugar, toast, carmel, butterscotch and just a faint whiff of honey. Not much fruit remained. The sugar seems to have gone in the same direction of the fruit as it was mostly gone as well. Still, it was a thrill to hold wine in my glass that was from before the turn of the century. Ooops, make that from before the turn of the century before that!

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