Just a gorgeous wine, still in its youth. Popped and poured in cellar. Medium gold color. Expressive nose of honeysuckle, apricot, pineapple and a grounded tone of vanilla. Medium weight. Finish is long and enduring. Amazing way to end the evening.
Våt ull, voks, aprikos, honning og tørket frukt på nese. Flott balansert med elegant overganger. Smaken i munn bekfrefter duften. Stor fylde og konsentrasjon med lang fin utgang. Fortsatt noe ung i utrykket.
What can I say but that d'yquems are in a separate category. It did not have the deep balance of acidity and depth of sweetness that I remember of other vintages but very wonderful nevertheless. At almost 30 years old, just delicious!
Bottle of Pain dinner (Ibiza, New Haven, CT): Served with foie gras before we moved into the reds. The aroma is brighter and more floral than I usually expect from Yquem - there's the classic Yquem apricot marmalade, vanilla and honey flavour profile, but also a bright citric and floral topnote to the scent that makes this really lovely to sit and smell. Great balance on the palate, richness and intensity matched by bright acids, though the alcohol (14%) is perceptible as this warms up a little.
Friday Dinner with Friends (St. Betty, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong): Opened but not decanted for a couple of hours before serving. Deep yellow gold in colour. Nose is a huge initial blast of botrytis - like opening a furnace door. Dried but soft apricots. Burnt sandalwood. Wafts of incense and light whisps of patchouli. Air-dried peaches emerge. Palate is fantastic burnt ochre, burnt caramel, charred peach stones and apricot stones. A dry burnt finish. I love the dryness and burnt quality, which was more abundant than absolute sweetness. Good resonance in the head and very long length. Heady reverberance on the finale. This drank beautifully with a superb couple of souffles and then continued to impress as we just sipped more glasses slowly over end-of-dinner conversation. So nice to share a 75cl bottle between just the 4 of us. Beautiful....but short of silence-creating (you need the 2001 for that).
Château d'Yquem tasting (Stockholm): Appearance: dark golden yellow Nose: spicy honey, dried apricots, botrytis, saffron, some solvent or glue notes, some cellar and oxidation notes (of a type that can be fund in completely different old wines, such as really old Riesling) that decreased with time. Palate: very sweet, viscous, spice, dried apricots, botrytis, good acidity, very concentrated, aftertaste with menthol. Summary: some funky elements in the nose, otherwise spicy and massive style. 95 p? This bottle had a murky cork, which could explain the funky elements in the nose. The fill level was top shoulder (ts), which usually should not mean too much of a problem for a 27 year old wine.
My 30th Birthday Tasting; 1/20/2013-1/22/2013 (Martin's House): This was decanted for 5 hours and it was not enough. Still quite closed down, I felt it needed at least a day of decanting. Almond paste, apricot and nice elegance but it was like an iron fist in a velvet glove reluctant to unveil it's full potential.
"Eagle's Nest" Dinner (Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong): Decanted for an hour or so before serving. Light copper-gold colour. Nose is WOW!...an Andy Warhol painting BLAM! of confit apricot and confit peach and smoke from a burned taper....and botrytis....so alluring. Palate is medium-bodied great purity of ripe fresh apricot then a follow-through of plums and apricot stones...then a finish of dry somoky gunflint and acacia honey......so beautiful and mesmerising. Endless light and honeyed resonance on the finish...but actually very deep. A lovely deep and pure burnt caramelly quality comes out with extended time in the glass which adds an extra dimension to the final resonance. Stunningly good. I could have scored this higher.
"Mr. & Mrs. White" Birthday Dinner (Private Room, Caprice Restaurant, Four Seasons Hotel, Two IFC, Hong Kong): Three bottles decanted 3 hours before serving. Colour is late autumnal busnished gold. Nose is…..oh, gosh!...white nougat and botrytis…..smoky caramel….white mushrooms. Palate is silky sweet, smoky caramel, confit Dragon Fruit (that’s a first!), confit apricots, confit smoke! (I think I mean a sandalwood spice and smoke). Really opulent and beautiful concentrated apricot purity of finish…..it is really easy to just drink glass after glass. However, there is a touch of flatness that leaves it short of perfection (compared to the 2001)….and not quite so memorable as when drank on other occasions. But what the hell, there are enough angels dancing on my tongue for me to be blissfully happy.
Fresh peaches, apricot, chamomile, nutmeg and spices. Beautifully balanced on a knife's edge. Less sweet than other vintages previously tasted. Floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. A real pleasure to taste this.
Shane's Birthday Dinner (Greg & Sayo's House, Hong Kong): Depp and burnished but brightly gold colour. Nose is an initial Wham! of Botrytis....then fresh almonds, fresh marzipan, whole apricots compote, some smoky element at the back.....burnt creme brulee. More elements of lovely heady light acacia honey come out over time and the burnt elements recede to the back chorus line. Palate is thick, mouthcoating walnut shells, almond nut shells and husks...burnt nutshells, sandalwood, very deep sweet black molasses and damp dark demerera sugar. Wonderful multi-dimensional smoky element on the palate and with excellent balance of acidity to keep it all fresh and nimble on its feet. This is singing! Very deep and resonant cathredal organ notes on the finish. This is really complex and beguiling....it just unfolds and unfolds....really super, but still a work in progress. A very special treat.
Kracher vs. Yquem (Scala Restaurant, Renaissance Hotel, Wan Chai, Hong Kong): Tasted blind. Deeper but medium bronzed gold colour that totally belies its age. Lovely light spirited nose, like a very mature Islay whisky, that plunges you in beguilingly but less totally then the preceding wine (with turned out to be D'Yquem 2001)....yum! Palate is a front-end of distinct just-steamed Kale-leaf cabbage and fresh white mushrooms.....less sweetness than the preceding 5 wines but then a gorgeous burnt creme caramel cuts in followed by super refreshing citric acidity (more acidity then the preceding 2001) and a lovely elegance (much more elegant than the preceding 1990). The elegance then turns into a resonance that very slowly creeps up on you and just grows and grows. Really beautiful.......and much better than the 1990, though comprehensively outshone by the 2001. This will continue to improve with more time and perhaps has uber-longevity to go 40+ more years. My #3 wine of the night.
A big nose of apricots with a palate of apricot, pineapple, and burnt honey. There's quite a bit of acidity in the wine as well, making if pair fabulously with foie gras. Not yet fully mature, there are decades of life left.
Buckwheat honey, noble rot, carmelized green apple, poached pear, touch of orange zest, commanding and fabulous acidity. This is a wine I would just sip on the deck, unadorned by food and watch the sun set. Gilded the lily with this wine, but this great Chateau can do whatever it wants and it can do no wrong. Thank you Chateau d'Yquem for gilding this lily. Transcendent expression of Sauterne.
This bottle was a great one. Nice nose with burnt sugar, pineapple, spices and apricot. There's also maybe a touch of VA. The richness and sweetness is balanced by the acidity (higher than in my memory for the previous bottles). Long finish. A great Yquem.
Wow every time I get an opportunity to try the golden elixir from d'Yquem I'm amazed at its length - even in poorer vintages. It so delicious to drink - well balanced with a perfect mix of acidity and sweetness. In essence it is the reference for all sweet wines in my book. And after a while in the glass it is so much saffron it's unbelieavable. Great wine, great experience - happy man.
From a half-bottle. Deteriorated and very soft cork, with signs of past seepage under the capsule. Straw coloured. Botrytis spice on the nose, with notes of lychees and other tropical yellow fruits. Loads on the palate, with excellent concentration, and notes of marmalade and bitter citrus, as well as other yellow stone fruit. Very thick texture, and an obvious Yquem finish that lingers on and on. A little bit of heat right at the end, as well as some slight licorice notes as well.
Light amber color. Apricot dominated aromatics with notes of peach, grilled pineapple and a hint of banana. Richly textured on the palate with the same fruit profile. Great balance of acidity and richness. Medium body with a long finish.
Figeac vs Las Cases: the big guns (Washington, DC): We are still not worthy! This bottle was served entirely too cold (popped from the icebucket), so we let it warm up in our hands and it benefited the wine as it needed air to begin to open up. While the aromatics weren't as complex as what I hope for from seminal Yquem (granted I don't have the privilege of drinking a lot of Yquem), the mouthfeel is classic. So weightless but so lush and concentrated. Like a ballerina turned heavyweight boxer. With more time and temperature, the nose reveals acacia honey, pineapple, hazelnut oil and such a beautiful pitch of apricot driven fruit. What a capper!
I gave this wine to my brother for his wedding in 1997, and to repay the favor, he brought it to our house to share on Thanksgiving. Wow. What an incredible wine. A great flavor profile. Banana oil, some noble rot, and the perfect balance of sugar and cinnamon. This was an incredible wine that will remain in my mind as one of the very best sauternes I've been lucky enough to enjoy.
Bordeaux North to South (My house): The cork was very loose and disappeared into the bottle at the first attempt to insert an opener. Signs of seepage. Dark golden, rather evolved color; Some volatile acidity. Burned sugar in a pleasant way, some almond drops (a slightly synthetic smell); Shortish and lacks complexity and refinement. Probably stored in a way (too warm?) that made the cork contract.
A graceful Yquem, less massive than most, with no flaws, it had the misfortune of being served beside the 1986 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Beerenauslese, which put it completely in the shade. Such is the way with wine tastings. You are savoring a rare beauty, or several, and then someone pours a 100-pointer and suddenly all else is forgotten.
"Simple" Midweek Dinner (Chinese New Year Edition) (La Bracceria, Greendale Avenue): What a great way to end the evening. Not the best d'Yquem maybe, but still a very solid Sauternes. Lifted nose, rather subtle, with white flowers, ripe gooseberries, orange peel, sweet mandarin oranges, some honey and a little bubblegummy fruit note. A bit of typical d'Yquem coconut started peeking out towards the end of the glass. I thought the palate was rather better than the nose. Quite a bit of depth, a little richness and just perfect balance, with delicious honeyed tones and clean, lifted stone fruit, tangerine and ripe gooseberry flavours. Finish had really nice length, unfolding slowly in the mouth. Unusually subtle for a d'Yquem I thought, and lacking some of the characteristic dark caramel notes. Elsa loved the fact that this was not as sweet as other d'Yquems, but I thought this perhaps lacked a bit of the layered richness and complexity of the really strong vintages. Otherwise, a gorgeous dessert wine.
Light amber color. Yellow peach, apricot, and some pineapple on the nose with vanilla, white pepper, and some wood notes. Very focused on the palate; there is still quite a bit of richness, but it is not overly so as in riper years of Yquem. Great acidity and a very long fiinish.
Lovely wine. Carmel color, a bit metallic at the start, but with a few minutes of air this settled down. Lovely tropical, vanilla, honeyed scents with perfect sweetness (not cloying). We had this at the beginning of our meal with fois gras and again at the end with fruit tart and it was excellent with both.
I have to be honest: I've waited years to try one of these. And I have to say, now I'm wondering if the wine lovers I've spoken with might be right in saying that in good years, it's difficult to tell the difference between top end and well-made second level Sauternes. Immediately recognizable nose of Sauternes, no flaws whatsoever; but where's the revelation? The '00 Guiraud brought more pleasure. Of course, I had a full bottle to work with as well; perhaps I just needed to get further into this bottle.
Jen's Birthday (Lake Bluff, IL): Light amber color. Aromatics of apricot, ripe yellow peach, vanilla, thyme, and white pepper. Great body to it with riper fruit than the last bottle I had. Everything is completely balanced. Fantastic acidity. Beautiful.
Bottle was a bit syrupy sweet and "raisiny" with some smoky after-notes upon first opening, but as it breathed for about an hour and warmed up just a bit from cellar temp, the wine really opened up. It became a cornucopia of fruit flavors: pineapple, apricot, orange, tangerine, and honey with a very long sweet finish that didn't seem syrupy at all. This was an amazing bottle to finish an extraordinary dinner after several hours spent reorganizing a friend's cellar.
Yquem "great years" tasting (Seinpost (Scheveningen, The Netherlands)): Quite a surprise, I had no idea 1986 belongs to the truly great years of d'Yquem. But it was great even considering its place in the impressive line-up of d'Yquem: 55, 67, 71, 75, 76, 86, 88, 89, 90, 97, 99, 01. Though not just as great as the greatest vintages, in my opinion 01 - 67 - 88, still outstanding.
1986 Château d'Yquem (Frankrijk, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes) Kleur: Vol goudgeel Aroma / bouquet: Prachtige - in eerste instantie erg subtiele - neus waarbij na enige tijd naast alle rijpe en Botrytistonen ook een prachtige frisheid opvalt. Prachtige details met tonen van kaneel, caramel, honing en rozijntjes. Smaak / Afdronk: Ook in de mond vertoont deze wijn een prachtige balans tussen zoet en fris-zuur. Algemeen / potentieel: Op dit moment absoluut heerlijk, maar zeer zeker een wijn met een enorm ontwikkelingspotentieel. Proeverij van de jaren 67, 71, 75, 76, 86, 88, 89, 90, 97, 99, 01 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 14 + Smaak / Afdronk: 19 + Algemeen / potentieel: 9 = 97/100
Another weekend of Excess; 8/21/2009-8/24/2009 (Chicagoland): Fantastic aromatics of baked apricot and yellow peach, grilled pineapple, and honeysuckles. Palate and nose also were a bit like a "leaner styled vanilla creme brulee". Very nice texture with refreshing acidity. A very nice d'Yquem, but not as fat and rich as some of the other great years of the 80s.
This was the last bottle of the night and it was a good way to end it. Relatively lighter body for a d'Yquem. A bit more glycerin on the nose than I care for, but nice honey, apricot and tangerine on the palate. No darker tones on the finish that I got from the '90 I had recently. Not a complex wine, but still very pleasant.
1986 Dinner (The Library, Crown Wine Cellars, Hong Kong): Harvest straw gold in colour. Nose of honey - 10 different types of honey all intermingled but also each one seemingly distinct - .....and honeysuckle. Precise acidity on the palate, slightly smoky and not too sweet. Mouthfilling. Great acid and caramel balance on the back end that is counterpointed by an unusual and very attractive light smoky component. A bit short on resonance. This lacks the Wow! factor of the very best years but is still lovely and hard to fault.
1986 Bordeaux Night @ The Hawksmoor: golden yellow. nose is pineapple and sweet fruits. medium to heavy weight in the mouth. gives off glycerine, quince, apricots and some nice creme brulee. a good bottle of yquem but not great. nice way to end the evening though
Rhones, rhones and another rhone... and a d'Yquem..: Soft, smooth and amazingly drinkable this has subtle apricot, vanilla custard and brown sugar aromas on the nose that lead into a full bodied palate. While I thought this lacked a little complexity, the palate was beautiful with full body, perfect balance, a smooth, lush texture and a long finish. Just stunning and the damn bottle was empty before I knew it.
One of the finest wines I've had to date. Incredibly complex, great structure, and in its "youth" very approachable. Opened 1 hour prior to pouring. Beautiful nose of vanilla bean, lemon merenge pie, toasted nuts. Great depth with concentrated fruits and a finish that almost doesn't finish. A drinking window on this might be now through 2050 or more! Outstanding wine- one to be enjoyed with great friends and family. foodandwineblog.com
I was expecting a lot from this Yquem knowing the vintage and being the 2nd time I had this bottle I still think Lafaurie is the best Sauternes made in '86 and still wonder why this Yquem is not even better than it already is...! Beautiful golden color. The nose is awesome: pineapple, apricot, coconut, creme brulee, white flowers...I can still smell it... Full body, med+ sweetness, tremendous length on the apricot. Nice botrytis spicy notes. My only concern is somehow the "lack" of acidity. Don't get me wrong it is not out of balance at all but a little more acidity would have made this Yquem a killer.
(at Tribecca Grill – NYC) Holy Cow this was wonderful. Deep golden with a stupendous nose of grapey botrytis, raw honey and just caramelized sugar. Almost weightless for a wine of such gravitas. Clean, laser palate that exploded in the mouth with depth and complexity. Long long long! Reminded me of the balance of the best vintages of Climens. Stunning. (98)
I decanted this for a few hours. IT was a *beautiful* honey-amber color in the decanter with great viscosity. It was a lovely classic sauternes -- roast banana, pineapple and creme brulee flavors with agood balance and nice carry-through. But it was not as good at its 98 point billing and not worth the $300+ it costs to obtain a bottle. Still, it was very enjoyable.
Dinner at Crown Wine Cellars, Hong Kong: Opened a couple of hours beforehand. Deep alluring golden colour. Gentle nose of lemon zest, orange zest and light marmalade with a very slight touch of spices. Gorgeous on the palate- orange rind, great roundness, refreshing acidity, distinct Seville orange marmalade and touches of burnt creme brulee as it opens up. Good length.We didn't give this too long in the glass and it might have benefitted from opening somewhat earlier.
Tasted February 15,2008 at Lake Louise Post Hotel Yquem tasting. This bottle may have been corked. The alcohol level was 14% with 97 grams of sugar and a 4.2 acidity. It had an overwhelming bouquet of peaches and the taste was very sweet yet with a very sour aftertaste.
Deep golden core. Nose shows wine is still brooding. Subtle honey and floral notes. The botrytised notes have a huge presence on both the nose and palate. Luscious and mouthfilling. Good length. Candied citrus on the finish.
Really just special. So multi-layered, after the initial opulent fruit and sweetness begins to disappear another layer of narrower, even slightly tannic, complexity surfaces, then finally the acidity, but over a good 45 seconds of evolution. My first time with yquem, hope the next isn't too long away...
The French Laundry...21 Courses, 11 Wines, Infinite Memories; 7/21/2007-7/22/2007 (The French Laundry (Yountville, Napa Valley, California)): The decadence of fresh caviar and Cristal can only be followed by seared foie gras in conjunction with Chateau d'Yquem 1986. This was the setting on the eve of Amy Emery's 40th birthday. Showing a deep gold/rust robe, the Yquem has a moderately intense nose which is dominated by peach, pear and honey aromas. Full-bodied/syrupy on the palate and with nice acidity, the flavors mirror the nose and proceed to a long, smooth finish. My unblinded score was 94, with the comment that the wine should drink nicely for the next 15-20 years. The Yquem/foie gras match was magical!
Light nose of white flowers, honeysuckle. Palate of honey. Not a thick syrupy Yquem but it was delicious and extremely well balanced. Sexy wine that paired fantastically with foie gras. When you have something this nice, you fell like the King of France back when France was actually powerful!
Yquem Tasting (Robersons Wine, London): Medium gold, mouch younger, quite restrained on the nose, a lush velvet texture though, with a soft attack, lighter citrus fruit, more citrus than soft fruit. Very long and clearly immature. I liked this much more than others.
Tasted along with the 83 and 89, from MAG. This is my first experience with the 86 and I am glad I had the other bottles for a comparison. This is a honey, flowers and elegntYquem, it is not all power and mouthfeel. It is certainly concentrated, but it was the sparkeling complexity, the tropical fruit including lemons and peaches, and the acidic backbone that makes this wine shine. I did find it slightly greenish. I loved it, I just did not prefer it over the 83 and 89, but I miss the lush caramel texture.
We had the 88 climens, the 90 reiussec and the 53 doisy daene, and this wine (all Yquem's actually) blew the regular sauterne off the table into the middle of next week with the mouthfeels, the weight and the overall persistancy.
Tasted May 5, 2006 at Lola’s in Dallas, TX. Opened and served immediately in a Spiegelau Sweet Wine glass. Yellow color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of apricots, honeysuckle, crushed almonds and orange marmalade. Think and unctuous on the palate, never ending flavors of apricots, honey, hazelnut and crème. Being an extremely youthful wine I’d expect improvement with more time in bottle. Should drink well for decades. Estimating the current price to be just shy of $300.00 a bottle and knowing we’re talking about d’Yquem here (there is no peer) I’d say from a luxury bottle standpoint the value is highly recommended.
Cellar party for Bayfront Med Center Foundation. Well, this is almost perfect. Whata could make it perfect? Maybe a touch more acidity but that's just splitting hairs. Love to try this wine in 50 years too, but alas, I won't be around most likely.......so let's drink it now!
Sporting a beautiful hue akin to 24 K Gold! The nose bathed in pineapples, apples, apricots, vanilla, honey and cherry blossoms. Very concentrated, almost dense. The finish was pure silk with an odd chalky sensation. The palate was caressed by a cornucopia of honeyed, tropical fruit. The wine continued improving in the glass. This is too young to drink. Let it rest another 5-10 years before opening.
Yellow in the glass. Scents of orange peel, and nougat coming out of the glass, along with nuts and honey. Intense, crisp, and fresh with large degrees of botrytis sweetness, and a big voluminous body. Great structure and precision defined by a beem of ripe acid with a honey-sweet long aftertaste, lots of dimensions and complexity and incredible power. This MUST be Yquem. And it is.
Tasted at the home of Ken Johnson, where the wine was taken from his personal cellar. Bright disc. Medium gold with yellow rim. Very intense nose showing pear, honey, apricot, pineapple and hazelnut. Beautifully syrupy on the palate, with good acidity and similar flavors as for the nose. Long, smooth finish. A beautiful Yquem.
Little glue in the bouquet which is a little backward at the moment I think. Good bitterness and acidity. Little alcoholic as well. Sounds a bit negative maybe, but do not be mistaken; this is a hell of a wine. Just a little less expressive than I remember from other vintages I have tasted. If I had another bottle I would wait for at least 5 years before opening it.
Tasted at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in costa Mesa, Ca. My wife, Kathy thought this wine was super until she noticed the price of $200 per bottle, cheap actually. gorgeous, rich sauterne nose, bright yellow color in the glass, hints of honey and yeast and apricot in the mouth with beautiful fruit, long lasting pleasant finish.