Ch. d’Yquem Sauternes 1998

Sweet Wine from France - Bordeaux
Review Date : 20-Dec-2018
Full, golden-yellow colour with a suggestion of orange and some depth, a little lighter edged. The bouquet is full with plenty of presence, initially a little shy in expression, but unveiling aromas of ripe tropical fruits and wild honey, a little burnished with barley-sugar elements along with notes of caramel and toffee, all entwined with savoury orange marmalade, orange blossom and musky botrytis with some lanolin-like Semillon fruit still apparent. The nutty oak is integrating. The aromatics build in depth and intensity with aeration. Very sweet to taste and fullish-bodied, the palate is fulsome with very good depth and density, with packed flavours of ripe tropical fruits and wild honey, along with caramel, toffee and barley sugar notes, with savoury crystallised fruits and nutty oak. This has a strong and positive palate with power and concentration along with the beginnings of secondary complexities. This is lush, unctuous and soft-textured, but balanced by acid cut and alcohol drive. This has a seriousness and gravitas, and will unfold more complexity over the next 10+ years. 13.5% alc. 19.5/20 Dec 2018 RRP $N/AThis has a brilliant golden-yellow colour. Full, softly voluminous, harmoniously layered and balanced on bouquet, this has elegance with gentle tropical fruits, orange marmalade, honey and nuances of toffee. The palate mirrors the nose and is openly full and even, with attractively interwoven flavours. Some forward apricot and toffee notes, not quite the depth here, and finishing with some dryness and grip. This is an elegantly sized Yquem that is all together now. 17.5+/20 Mar 2016 RRP $N/A Bright, light, lemon-gold in colour, with a finely expressed bouquet of waxy tropical fruits and honey, a little narrowed and shy, with some VA lift. However, on palate this was rich with an unctuousness of texture of lush honied flavours and oak spice with apricot botrytis all in balance and harmony. Some alcohol warmth was noticeable and the slightly lower acidity will allow for earlier drinking. Nevertheless, this will develop and keep for another two decades.  18.5-/20 Aug 2010

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