White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 Château d'Yquem

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Sauternais
  • Sauternes
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Community Tasting Notes 277

  • dbg wrote:

    February 9, 2019 - Pichon Baron and more (Dino's Grotto, DC): Perfect cork and fill. From a half bottle, pop and pour and drunk over an hour. Light-medium gold. Enveloping nose of peaches, honey, flowers, crème brûlée, medium body, intense on the palate, still plenty of sweetness, excellent balance, medium longfinish, excellent to outstanding.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • bugdoced Likes this wine: 97 points

    December 23, 2018 - in perfect drinking shape
    floral notes apricots and an elegant sweetness
    tons better than 1995 which was a menthol laden mess
    first try with a foie gras pairing that was near perfect pairing

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • ttholst wrote: 93 points

    December 16, 2018 - 0,375. Ananas, aprikos, marsipan, litt brent karamell og snev av plastelina.

  • Yassine23 Likes this wine:

    December 14, 2018 - From half bottle in Enomatic. Very intense aromas of apricot, kernel, marzipan, almond, honey, marmalade, rye bread, smoke and saffron. Unctuous on the palate and very long finish.

  • Ispendtoomuchmoneyonwine Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 3, 2018 - Very dark varnish color. Sweet honey apricot caramel excellent wine. Ready to drink

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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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, 3700266204620, 4000122769362

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 199 (3%)
  • In Cellars 5,388 (74%)
  • Consumed 1,679 (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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