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Yquem "great years" tasting

Seinpost (Scheveningen, The Netherlands)

Tasted October 2, 2009 by MauriceE with 10,581 views

Flight 1 (13 notes)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1975 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
97 points
A great bottle in an impressive line-up of d'Yquem: 55, 67, 71, 75, 76, 86, 88, 89, 90, 97, 99, 01. One of the best in fact, just a nose behind the greatest vintages, in my opinion: 01 - 67 - 88.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1976 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
95 points
Second time I had this vintage, this time in an impressive line-up of d'Yquem: 55, 67, 71, 75, 76, 86, 88, 89, 90, 97, 99, 01. Very good, though not as great as the best vintages, in my opinion 01 - 67 - 88.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1971 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
92 points
At last d'Yquem of my birthyear! And this in an impressive line-up of d'Yquem: 55, 67, 71, 75, 76, 86, 88, 89, 90, 97, 99, 01. Though evidently a great wine, it could not match the best vintages (01 - 67 - 88). Nevertheless a privilege to drink it.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1986 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
96 points
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.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1989 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
99 points
A beautiful wine, but just (and only just) behind the greatest vintages in an impressive line-up of d'Yquem: 55, 67, 71, 75, 76, 86, 88, 89, 90, 97, 99, 01. My favorites are 01 - 67 - 88. 1989 (and 1990) are very close on their heels.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
99 points
A beautiful wine, but just (and only just) behind the greatest vintages in an impressive line-up of d'Yquem: 55, 67, 71, 75, 76, 86, 88, 89, 90, 97, 99, 01. My favorites are 01 - 67 - 88. 1990 (and 1989) are very close on their heels. In fact, before we had 2001 my top 3 was 67 - 88 - 90. But compared to 2001 "only" 99 points out of 100.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1999 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
92 points
We had this vintage blind near the end of a tasting of a very impressive line-up of d'Yquem: 55, 67, 71, 75, 76, 86, 88, 89, 90, 97, 99, 01. My favorites are 01 - 67 - 88. Anyway, when tasting 1999, we were only told this was d'Yquem, evidently not one of the great years already in the line-up, but nothing more. We were completely lost, nobody guessed 1999. I guess this is because 1999 is considered to be a lesser vintage and this wine tasted just great. OK, not as great as the blockbusters we already had, but more than we had expected.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1967 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
99 points
Tasted at a vertical Yquem tasting at Seinpost (Scheveningen, The Netherlands). For me this was my favorite until we had 2001. But then 2001 blew away virtually all other bottles. We had: 1955, 1967, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1997, 2001 and Climens 2001. My top 3: 2001, 1967, 1988.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1955 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
93 points
The oldest wine in an impressive line-up of d'Yquem: 55, 67, 71, 75, 76, 86, 88, 89, 90, 97, 99, 01. Some of the tasters found this one the winner of the afternoon, but not me. Although this wine is clearly great, I preferred the younger vintages, like 67, 88 and most of all 01. The person who brought this bottle (Allard Botenga) pointed out that the bottle had leaked for some time (nearly a glass was lost this way), so you had to consider that the wine was a little oxydised. Nevertheless a great wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1988 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
99 points
I guess this "only" gets 99 out of 100 because it was tasted alongside the other-worldly 2001. One of the last bottles in an impressive line-up of d'Yquem: 55, 67, 71, 75, 76, 86, 88, 89, 90, 97, 99, 01. 1988 was my number 3, right after 2001 and 1967. Just great.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1997 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
97 points
Again impressive, especially when considering the line-up of d'Yquem it had to compete in: 55, 67, 71, 75, 76, 86, 88, 89, 90, 97, 99, 01. My favorites are 01 - 67 - 88.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
100 points
I must admit I was a little skeptical when reading all the halleluja-notes on this wine. But when this wine was tasted last in an impressive line-up of d'Yquem (55, 67, 71, 75, 76, 86, 88, 89, 90, 97, 99, 01) I just had to admit this vintage is other-worldly. Before drinking this wine my top-3 was 67 - 88 - 90, after drinking 01 - 67 - 88. This wine is just great, one of the best I ever had.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Climens France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac
98 points
A beautiful wine, tasted blind alongside d'Yquem 2001 in an impressive line-up of d'Yquem: 55, 67, 71, 75, 76, 86, 88, 89, 90, 97, 99, 01. I guessed it was Barsac, but expressed doubts it could be Climens. It was "too sweet" to be Climens I thought. But still it was. Great wine, but I think it is a little closed now. Try again in a few years (if you can!).
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