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1988 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 »

WA 98
WS 96
JR 19.5
RP 99
Drink Dates
Comm: 2009-2050 RP: 1998-2050 WS: 2009-2009
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JR 19.5
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2000-2040

13.5%, 123 g/l RS, TA 3.8. Very classic vintage. Warm year with a very wet spring. Good weather lasted to the end of the harvest, 15 Oct started – very late – and then it was a dream vintage with no rain for 4 weeks. Ended 25 Nov. Very late. Dark tawny. The most uintriging nose Glossy and lively and more intellectual than the other two, Extremely long - a hint of ginger and real zest. Certainly seemed the best of these three without a doubt. Very racy and flirtatious – maybe racier than the 1989. Powerful and very very long.

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WA 98
Source Wine Advocate

The 1988 d'Yquem has an incredibly profound nose of orange marmalade, dried apricots, honeycomb, musk and dried pineapple with hints of marzipan and crystallized ginger. The palate is seamless with a great line of crisp acid cutting through the densely packed dried tropical fruit and honeyed flavour layers. The finish just goes on and on.

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RP 99
Source Bordeaux Book(1998)
Drink Dates 1998-2050

The 1988 is a more backward-styled Yquem than the 1989, built along the lines of the extraordinary 1975. With a honeyed, smoky, orange/coconut/pineapple-scented nose, this powerful wine possesses full body, layers of highly concentrated, extracted flavors, considerable botrytis, and a sensational finish. Last tasted 12/97

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WS 96
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2009-2009

Lots of of beeswax, botrytis spice and honey, with hints of toffee. Full-bodied, very sweet, thick and layered. Caramel, toffee, spice. Molasses too. Very, very powerful. Muscular and rich. Fabulous Sauternes. Nothing comes close in this vintage.''88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008).

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Author Richard 1973
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.75%
Tasted On 01/23/2015

The hype is ALL correct! A sensory overload and explosion of freshness and flavours

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Author marv
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.859%
Tasted On 06/25/2014


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Author rsfj
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.867%
Tasted On 02/14/2013
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Author RDV
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.395%
Tasted On 02/26/2012

Excellent carmel color and long finish. Beautiful wine, not cloying in any way. Really is liquid gold.

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Author PLevensohn
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.26%
Tasted On 12/07/2009
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Author Charles
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90%
Tasted On 07/26/2008
Drink Dates 2008-2050

This was incredible, a well balance of sweetness and flavors. I can't wait to have it again in 20 years to compare.

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Author Mike M116
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 06/16/2008

Very smooth, as one would expect. Comparing to the Tokaji, it's a bit cleaner - not as syrupy. More delicate and floral than the Tokaji's citrus nose/ taste.

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 10/20/2003
Drink Dates 2010-2050+

1988 was superlative year for Barsac and Sauternes. Not surprisingly, Yquem represents the pinnacle of this vintage?s achievement. I can'tthink of a more consistent winery. Deep golden orange colored wine with aromas of strongly honeyed cr?me brule? and honeysuckle. Powerful and focused flavors of orange peel and more honeysuckle. Just enough acidity to carry the thick viscous, and rich flavors. Lively with a very long finish. Tough to fathom how this wine can be improved.

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Vinfolio offerring 1988 Chateau D'Yquem (375 mL) for a very competitive price in the Marketplace.  I bought two of these hard to find half bottles for my collection.

Created  Sep 25, 2011
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