White - Sweet/Dessert

1990 Château d'Yquem

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Sauternais
  • Sauternes
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Community Tasting Notes 367

  • Jammy Wine wrote: 94 points

    September 7, 2019 - The 1990 Chateau d’Yquem is bold and voluptuous, one of the richest and brightest d’Yquem I have tasted. This 1990 is fresher than the excellent 1988, offering plenty of fresh mango, peach, citrus peel, pineapple, honeycomb and white blossom. Luscious with very well integrated oak spices. Full bodied with Tokaji Essencia characteristics but fresher acidity and fragrant botrytis. Immortal wine. (94/100)

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  • dream Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 20, 2019 - Very much on the leaner, minerally side of Yquem without the exotic qualities of say '83 and '89. It's still a baby though and it shows an excellent cut of acidity with perfectly ripe flavors of white peaches, clove and caramel. The finish is quite complex with a strong note of chalky minerals. I like it's potential. 94+

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  • Mtopi wrote: 97 points

    June 9, 2019 - Wow, perfect balance of acidity and sweetness. Candied Apples, vanilla, and lemon zest, with saffron on the back-end. We had this wine with homemade dark chocolate torte and brownies, and it more than held its own.

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  • gsquireh Likes this wine: 97 points

    May 21, 2019 - Wonderful. A classic continues. From nose to sip to swirl to hold in mouth to finish this wine is pure pleasure. A fruit garden of apricots, oranges and pineapple, this is rounded, viscous honey that pulsates with pleasure. A perfect finish to our dinner at Marea in NYC.

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  • englishman's claret wrote: 95 points

    May 5, 2019 - 90 years of Ducru Beaucaillou: A lovely conclusion to an evening of Ducru Beaucaillou. Fresh, bright, marmalade, almond, acacia nose. Delightful Yquem with many happy years in hand.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/11/2014 (link)

    (Ch D'Yquem Sauternes White) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/13/2010 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/26/2010 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries, 10/4/2009

    (Yquem) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2009, Issue #23, Sauternes’ Summers of Love- Great Vintages in 2007, 2005 and 2001 Amongst an Embarrassment of Riches in the Last Few Decades

    (Château d’Yquem) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/13/2008 (link)

    (Ch d'Yquem Sauternes White) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/6/2002 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 1998, IWC Issue #79 (link)

    (Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) Subscribe to see review text.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/8/2011 (link) 96 points

    (Château d'Yquem) Tart orange, tart apricot, baked orange, lavender honey nose; tasty, rich, unctuous, lavender honey, baked apricot palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/14/2010 (link) 95 points

    (Château d'Yquem) Medium dark gold color with orange lights; rich, deep, apricot, dried apricot, saffron, orange marmalade nose; tasty, tart orange marmalade, honey, apricot palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/2/2009 (link) 93 points

    (Château d'Yquem) Dark apricot gold color; apricot and mineral nose; nice, rich, baked apricot palate, a bit tight though; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/19/2009 (link) 94 points

    (Château d'Yquem) 375 ml bottle 1 - bright medium apricot color; nice honeyed, apricot ("apricot pastry with almond crust" per our sommelier) nose; yummy, focused, apricot and sweet orange palate with depth and good acidity; long finish 94+ pts.

    375 ml bottle 2 - splash decanted first; more restrained nose at first than 1st bottle, that opened to spicy baked apricot and peach; tighter on palate than 1st bottle, apricot, apricot syrup and baked apricot; long finish 94 pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/26/2009 (link) 95 points

    (Château d'Yquem) From 375 ml - light medium orange color; creme brulee, orange slice nose; remarkably drinkable (i.e., not as tight as some past bottles), orange, tangerine syrup, orange honey and creme brulee palate with luscious depth; long finish 95+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/13/2008 (link) 96 points

    (Château d'Yquem) From 375 - Light medium orange color; creme brulee, coconut and confectioner's sugar nose; gorgeous creme brulee, tart orange, orange blossom and coconut palate with acidity; long finish 96+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    8/13/2007 (link) 94 points

    (Château d'Yquem) From 375 - sweet butter and almond nose; lovely, sweet butter and mineral palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/29/2007 (link) 94 points

    (Château d'Yquem) Gorgeous apricot gold color; lovely, sour cream, brown sugar and sweet butter nose; rich, dried apricot, peach and caramel palate, lower in acidity than usual, with tangy long finish

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    10/28/2005 (link)

    (Y'quem) The '90 was truly thrilling wine with pefectly balance between botrytis and acidity. Wonderful texture and explosive inner mouth aromas. Stunning finish and great delineation.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2004 (link) 18+ points

    (Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) A hot, dry vintage. Four tries. A little pale compared to the other older vintages, a good sign, perhaps? But there is obvious volatile acidity on the nose, with delicate ripe white fruits behind it. This is surprising in view of the vintage, although with time the nose builds intensity to show orange and apricot notes. Another bottle assessed, however, was much cleaner with no VA. Full, rich, balanced, slightly oily palate. Peaches and apricots. Lovely, with elegance alongside the richness. This is very stylish once you get past the volatility, and there is potential here too. I suspect it would cellar for decades.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/25/2003 (link) 97 points

    (Château d'Yquem) Banana, crème brulee nose; usual concentrated, beautiful Yquem texture, layered mix of tropical fruits; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1990
  • Type White - Sweet/Dessert
  • Producer Château d'Yquem
  • Varietal Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Sauternais
  • Appellation Sauternes
  • UPC Codes 000002017402, 087000361096, 099990256665, 3258691194349, 721713141025

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 148 (1%)
  • In Cellars 10,687 (79%)
  • Consumed 2,774 (20%)

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foie gras, Toasted almond Good Humors :)

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