White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 Château d'Yquem

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Sauternais
  • Sauternes
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Community Tasting Notes 284

  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    September 27, 2019 - Part of a long d'Yquem line-up (we paired an entire meal with the wines). Didn't take detailed notes. Had this in a line-up with other 90's ('93, '95, '98) and I'll say it didn't totally jump out at me. Still very good and definitely quite sweet and intense, but some of the others were a bit different either because they added some spicy or they added some higher acid or whatever. This instead to me felt very classic in it's d'Yquem. Which of course is never a bad thing - always a great wine.

  • curtr Likes this wine:

    September 23, 2019 - At an early place on the drinking plateau. A restrained style that can use some time to develop.

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  • Jammy Wine Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 26, 2019 - The 1996 Chateau d’Yquem is not the most famous vintages of d’Yquem, it doesn’t have the botrytis intensity of 1997 nor the sweetness (still 122g/L!), but the 1996 is a graceful d’Yquem with lovely drinkability and charm. Honied nose of nectarine, pineapple, spiced citrus peel and delicate botrytis. Good richness, medium weight in the Sauternes scale. Very young and will age for many decades. (95/100) (1 point up from last bottle)

  • Gruffalius wrote: 95 points

    August 18, 2019 - Rich and luscious and yet it maintains just a light sweetness. Amazing. Impeccably balanced.

  • Cantenac Brown Likes this wine: 97 points

    July 31, 2019 - From half bottle, served blind. Gold and Amber hues. Such balance. Creme brulee. Burnt caramel. D'Yquem does sweet wines like no other. Zero issues with this being icky or too sweet. Just perfect. Such balance and a great pairing with Foie Gras. Served by DrK at Cilantro.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2007 (link) 16.5+ points

    (Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) Dense, fairly well concentrated, with an evocative nose, and a fine spine of acidity. There is good botrytis character here too, as well as a little residual oak. Full, creamy, rather light-footed and delicate, but this gives a nice balance based on that fine and firm acidity. It has elegance, and a very good length. Whilst not a great Yquem, it is certainly very fine for the vintage. I think my last score may have been a little harsh, although that time it was lined up against a number of superior vintages, including the 1997 and 1990.

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2004 (link) 15.5 points

    (Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) Average temperatures. Dry September, late botrytis. A moderate gold colour, but not the depth of the other vintages on show. Smoky white fruits, showing good depth of mature fruit aroma, and some good quince notes, but little botrytis otherwise. Full, sweet, maturing fruit. There is a mineral depth that adds interest here, and although botrytis character is subtle I like it more than other 1996s I have tasted. I like this, taking into account the weak vintage for Sauternes.

  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2012 (link) 16.5 points

    (Château d'Yquem (Sauternes)) A rich and maturing hue, a golden orange hue. Hints of toffee on the nose, which I find rather obvious, along with scents of bitter Seville oranges; sure, there is elegance here, but it comes with that firm suggestion of bitterness too, and there is also a faintly volatile note. Hints of almonds. Supple, quite savoury style, with some dry wood elements. Rich, honeyed, complex, bitter fruits, with touches of burnt toffee. Good but not a great example of Yquem.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • 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 000543135153, 0616773329592, 087000361096, 3258691151878, 3258691194349, 3450301065821, 3700266204620, 4000122769362

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 213 (3%)
  • In Cellars 5,518 (74%)
  • Consumed 1,732 (23%)

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Community Recommendations

Andelever, Apples, chocolate, chocolate fondant, Crêpes Suzette, foie gras, Frukt, Gåselever, Nøtter, Orange and grape fruit salad

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