White - Sweet/Dessert

1988 Château d'Yquem

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Sauternais
  • Sauternes
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Community Tasting Notes 222

  • Casablanca2000 wrote: 90 points

    September 26, 2019 - Cork bad; wine good

  • kr522 wrote: 99 points

    September 6, 2019 - maybe the best this wine has showed in the many years i've had it, it was stunning with its complexity, richness, balance, and depth

  • englishman's claret wrote: 95 points

    August 24, 2019 - Penetrating lemon, acacia nose. Beautiful presence on the palate; light-footed but with lots of impact. The 88 seems aromatically a little simple for Yquem, but I love its slightly finer than usual silhouette.

  • springdrive wrote: 93 points

    August 21, 2019 - Nose: Pineapple, butterscotch, caramel, key lime, short bread. Palate: Honey, honeycomb, dried apricot, orange, hint of baking spices at the end. Bright and balanced acidity at the end, no cloying sweetness. Brilliant pairing with custard and I assume many dishes.

  • Jammy Wine Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 2, 2019 - Second time trying the 1988 d’Yquem and it consistently shows impressive energy and generous botrytis aromas. Concentrated array of ripe pipeapples, luscious apricots, exotic yet elegant spices that I adore from Chateau d’Yquem. Full bodied yet acidity is racy and bright, great balance. Still young and hasn’t developed enough complexity to be at its peak, good potential. (93-94/100)

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  • By Neal Martin
    A Century of Bordeaux: The Eights (May 2018), 5/18/2018 (link)

    (D'yquem Yquem Sweet White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2018, Issue #73, Recently-Tasted Sauternes and Barsac February 2018

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

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

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

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Happy 90th Birthday Thierry, 2/5/2008

    (Yquem) Subscribe to see review text.

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

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

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
    10/3/2009 (link) 95 points

    (Château d'Yquem) Medium golden apricot color; creme brulee, lemon gelee, lemon zest, pineapple nose; tart apricot, creme brule, ripe lemon palate with good acidity; long finish 95+ pts.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2008 (link) 19.5+ points

    (Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) A great Sauternes vintage I think. Another rich and deeply coloured wine, and there is no less impact on the nose, which shows a great, intense, concentrated pile of sweet fruit. On the palate, plenty of flesh, plenty of texture, this is a wine absolutely loaded with character but also showing great freshness and style. There is fabulous depth here, and this wine although divine in its composition now, another fine balance of rich sweetness and acidity, it has a huge amount of potential for the future. Truly remarkable. I find this much more impressive than my previous tasting in November 2004.

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2004 (link) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) Dry summer, harvest from September 25th. Good botrytis. Six tries. A rich golden wine. Good character on the nose. Quince and toasty lemon curd botrytis. Dense, complex, although also marred by a little volatile acidity. A rich, oily, massive palate. A spicy grip with some tannin apparent, and a silky texture. This is a wine still on the way up, with plenty to offer yet, but you have to hope the VA doesn't become a real problem. Needs 5-10 years.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1988
  • 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 000000051507, 087000361096, 721713141025

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 96 (1%)
  • In Cellars 5,366 (77%)
  • Consumed 1,471 (21%)

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Drank for ACMP's 70th November 2007 - too young still?

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