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1986 Yquem Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - Sauternes - White - Sauternes-Barsac Premier Cru Superieur

France - Bordeaux - Sauternes

White Bordeaux Blend - Sauternes-Barsac Premier Cru Superieur
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Chateau d'Yquem is world famous for its sweet wine, which commands some of the highest prices on the market. Established in 1593, the chateau is located in the Sauternes region of Bordeaux and is the only property given the highest rating of Premier Cru Superieur. The estate contains a 110-hectare vineyard planted with 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. The wines are created from botrytized... More »

JR 17.5
WS 83
RP 98
Drink Dates
Comm: 2004-2024 RP: 2000-2040 WS: 1999-2010
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JR 17.5
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2000-2020

97 RS 14% TA 4.2. Very late picking – the last two weeks of Sep was a strong botrytis infection. Picking started with four waves – Indian summer. Mid gold/copper. Very rich and heavy – but some quite burnt qualities. Long. A bit of astringency. Round and mellow. Not quite together but the acidity is good.

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RP 98
Source Bordeaux Book(1998)
Drink Dates 2000-2040

There is no other wine in the world like it, and there is no other luxury wine that can possibly justify its price as much as Yquem. The remarkable amount of painstaking labor necessary to produce the nectar known as Yquem is almost impossible to comprehend. This is a fascinating effort. With greater evidence of botrytis than the colossal 1983, but less power and alcohol, the 1986 Yquem tastes reminiscent of the 1975, only more precocious, as well as more concentrated. Several highly respected Bordeaux negociants who are Yquem enthusiasts claim the 1986 Yquem is the greatest wine produced at the property since the legendary 1937. Its enthralling bouquet of pineapples, sauteed hazelnuts, vanillin, and ripe apricots is breathtaking. Compellingly concentrated, the breadth as well as depth of flavor seemingly know no limits. This full-bodied, powerful, yet impeccably balanced Yquem should provide memorable drinking for 40-55 more years. Like the 1983, this is another winemaking tour de force. Last tasted, 4/91.

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WS 83
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 1999-2010

From an outstanding year in Sauternes, this Yquem has some honey character but fails to take off. It's a bit flat on the nose, lacking in acidity, turns a little dry on finish.--Yquem vertical.

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Author Scooter
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.67%
Tasted On 12/14/2014

Is this the best d'yquem? Probably not. Merely delicious. Not as unctuous as some but wonderfully smooth

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Author Stephen G41
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.211%
Tasted On 12/14/2012

Still young, but incredibly rich!

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Author Ricknat1
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.332%
Tasted On 04/03/2010
Drink Dates 2009

Classic Yquem but with more finesse than power. Very concentrated, delicious with a long, long finish. This bottle was wonderful, but not as wonderful as the last.

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Author JDF1960
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 85.294%
Tasted On 05/26/2009
Drink Dates 2000-2040
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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 01/06/2009

Oxidized and flat - cork showed slight leakage but I'm surprised this bottle was dead given how slight the leakage was; not drinkable; NR

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Author Johnnymd
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.521%
Tasted On 12/31/1999
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