White - Sweet/Dessert

1988 Château d'Yquem

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Sauternais
  • Sauternes
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Community Tasting Notes 217

  • ericindc Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 6, 2019 - Special Burgundy Dinner (DC/Silver Spring MD): Strong apple, apricot, cream and vanilla on the nose. Sweet fruits, some vanilla cream, light bitter note. Rather bracing acidity. Very little tertiary movement. This might last forever. 93 now, but will get better once it starts to get mature notes.

    Note, i should have opened this earlier. I forgot and only opened it about 1/2 hr before serving. Maybe a decant needed as well?

  • englishman's claret wrote: 96 points

    June 12, 2019 - 2019 Palmerathon: What a delight the 1988 Yquem is, half for its gorgeous fresh expressiveness and half to think that it's exactly these qualities that will give it the longevity and freshness of the 1928. Typical Yquem notes, lots of fresh tropical fruit, acacia, marcona almond, parchment, and mineral. Gorgeous palate saturation and acidity. Lots of vigor and zip. 96+

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • hiker_guy Likes this wine:

    June 3, 2019 - Rich, decadent. Nice botrytis notes and rich long profile. Very nice.

  • Caruso Likes this wine: 98 points

    May 19, 2019 - Deep golden with orange and slightly amber hue. Not with blockbuster intensity, but elegant and complex it delivers scents of beeswax, honey, mandarine, burnt sugar, dried apricots and flowery notes. On the palate as well elegant, but also with more punch than the intensity of scents suggests and with enough acidity to keep the balance. Long finish. 5/14/19/10. This bottle was kept under perfect conditions since release. The cork was soaked to more than 50%. So if you want to cellar this for many more years or decades, one should have a close look at the corks or better recork the bottles. -2040+

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • multimax wrote: flawed

    April 7, 2019 - Oh, what a shame! I’ve been saving this for a special occasion and then it’s corked. Damn, how disappointing and frustrating (and what an expensive waste). Another big argument for screw-caps.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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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.

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

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  • 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 78 (1%)
  • In Cellars 5,300 (78%)
  • Consumed 1,423 (21%)

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

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