Ch. d’Yquem Sauternes 1997

Sweet Wine from France - Bordeaux
Review Date : 02-Sep-2018
Very dark, deep orange-gold colour. The bouquet is very refined, tightly bound and deeply concentrated with detailed aromatic features. Very ripe tropical fruits, apricots, savoury orange marmalade wild honey, with caramel and toffee unfolds. The beginnings of secondary savouriness and tertiary earthiness are now showing. Truffles and a touch of undergrowth, but in line with the crystallised fruits and figs. Very sweet, and the unctuousness in check with a little phenolic texture, but plenty of tightly bound and intense flavours of ripe tropical fruits, caramel, barley sugar and toffee. This has layers of richness and detail, with good acidity energy lending a slipperiness to the flow. Lovely complexity, lovely cut and now developing some savoury evolutionary interest. This will develop another 10-20 years. 19.0+/20 Aug 2018 RRP $875.00This has a deepish golden yellow colour. The nose is elegant with very fine detailing, showing ripe tropical fruit along with orange marmalade, nuances of caramel and toffee and subtle nutty oak. This has aromatic intensity. On palate the flavours are concentrated and intricate, expressed with style and some restraint. The fruit has significant botrytis richness and complexity and the nutty oak is prominent. Fine acidity and cut along with fine textures and length complete this more elegant expression. The refinement will allow greater development. 18.5+/20 Mar 2016 RRP $N/A Light golden yellow colour with good depth, this had an excellent bouquet with real freshness of youthful waxy fruit and plenty of rich botrytis complexity. A strong VA component also came through on the nose. On palate, a complete wine with superb richness, density weight and structure. Bordering on robust, yet with the freshness and acidity to give cut and balance for style. This is an unctuous wine with mouthfilling flavours and textures and has a great future.  19.0/20 Aug 2010

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