Ch. d’Yquem Sauternes 1990

Sweet Wine from France - Bordeaux
Review Date : 01-Sep-2018
Dark, golden-orange colour. This has full complex layered aromas of savoury tropical fruits, orange marmalade, wild honey, nutty and earthy elements, now showing secondary and tertiary detail. This has very good intensity, but the bouquet shows some restraint in the richness; this just has an edge off the opulence it might have. Very sweet and rich, the unctuousness countered by some phenolic drying and textures. The flavours are complex, with savoury marmalade, caramel, barley sugar and toffee. Some earthiness and fungal detail. But essentially somewhat dried-out. This is a lesser bottle in comparison to the other. I did not get to taste the other. I’ve had better bottles of the 1990 which is seen as a very good year for Yquem. This is a typical example of bottle variation. Nevertheless, one could drink and find much joy in the wine. 17.5+/20 Aug 2018 RRP $N/A This is dark gold colour with orange and tawny hues, a little dull. Full, broad and with burnished tropical fruits, marmalade, caramel and butterscotch, the aromatics are spoilt by bruised apple and nutty oxidation. Rich, fulsome and with burnished toffee, butterscotch and caramel flavours, wild honey and nuts add layers. The palate is grippy in texture and pervaded by soft oxidation. One can look past this to a limited degree. 15.5/20 Mar 2016 RRP $N/A A youthful, bright, light golden yellow colour. Quite full, open and broadly accessible on bouquet, there was some intrusive notes of oxidation beside the developed honey, marmalade aromas and caramelly, nutty nuances. However, this came into its own on palate with its wonderfully rich, harmonious nature, all the components in great balance, fully integrated and filling the mouth with layers of flavours.  19.0-/20 Aug 2010

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