White - Sweet/Dessert

1997 Château d'Yquem

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Sauternais
  • Sauternes
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Community Tasting Notes 249

  • Avicenne wrote: flawed

    December 10, 2019 - SAQ N° 00704916 277$ la filette
    Samedi soir avec entrée de foie gras torchon.
    Première expérience avec Yquem.
    Première fiole: bouchonnée.
    Deuxième semble plus clean, mais nettement plus foncée que la première.
    Robe sicco 6066 urne romaine, c'est foncé pas mal. Niveau par contre bon.
    Bouquet assez réservé initialement, pas madérisé, caramel, écorce orange un peu, toffee. Discrets arômes florales en arrière.
    Bouche aussi timide, du gros toffee. Manque de fraicheur, du crisp. Ca plombe dans l'aile.
    Au total, je ne suis pas certain que c'était représentatif de la maison. Ça manquait de miel et d'agrumes et de délicatesse. Peut-être du au millésime. Pas sensé être une fiole VES non plus.
    À ré-essayer dans un autre millésime.
    NR

  • NoTrollingerPlease Likes this wine: 95 points

    November 22, 2019 - Private evening with friends: Glass: Sophienwald White
    Perfect half bottle (fill level, cork). Decanted for a few minutes. Clear, glowing amber color. Clean, classic Sauternes nose with some volatile acidity from the high Botrytis level that vanishes with time and air. Dense, but not very appealing/interesting to me.
    On the palate the Yquem showed, why it is the “primus inter pares” in Sauternes! I had quite a few Sauternes from different decades over the course of the last weeks, but nothing comparable to this bottle from a mediocre vintage. Very complex with dried apricot, spices, herbs, some exotic fruit. High extract, power and tension. Never broad or chubby. Wonderful racy acidity that balanced the high sugar level quite well. Very long and multi layered. Joyful to drink now, but this wine will easily evolve and improve over the next decades. 94-95

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  • jefiset wrote: 93 points

    November 10, 2019 - Complexe, à point, belle évolution

  • mclancy10006 wrote: 98 points

    November 10, 2019 - From Magnum. Side by side with 1995 (750 ml). Evolved and deep. Good balance sweet to crispness. Seemed to be more mature than the 95 with that extra complexity you get as these wines age.

  • S1 Likes this wine:

    November 9, 2019 - Charleston Offlineorama V; 11/7/2019-11/10/2019 (The Holy City): from magnum. A baby. Luscious. Apricot, ginger, spice, green herb, orange curd.

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  • By Gary Walsh
    10/12/2010 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/20/2008 (link)

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

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

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

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  • By Richard Jennings
    11/5/2015 (link) 95 points

    (Château d'Yquem) From 375 ml - light medium golden color; ripe golden raspberry, baked apricot, quince nose; delicious, rich, creamy textured, botrytis, apricot, quince paste, lemon honey palate with good balancing acidity; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/18/2009 (link) 94 points

    (Château d'Yquem) From 375 ml -medium golden yellow color; coconut, lemon oil, vanilla nose; ripe lemon, vanilla, pineapple, tropical fruit, papaya palate with richness; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/28/2008 (link) 96 points

    (Château d'Yquem) From 375 bottle - medium dark gold color; beautiful orange honey, floral and dried apricot nose; elegant orange blossom, orange honey palate with good acidity, coconut coming out after 30 minutes in the glass; long finish 96+ pts.

Winedoctor

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

    (Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) This wine has a rich, golden hue, as might be expected! The nose is just fabulous; there is evident richness here, in the shape of some smoky botrytis, but what really sets the wine apart is the beautiful, crystal-like clarity it possesses. This characteristic carries through on the palate, which has a fine, cool purity and freshness, presented in a seemingly paradoxical fashion, as it is intertwined with great richness and a creamy vanilla seam which opens out, broadening across the palate. Wow! An amazing texture, with bright botrytis flavour and high quality candied fruits. I think this is an exquisite wine, and the lingering flavour affords plenty of time to reflect on this. And it will go for years yet. I find this much more impressive than my previous tasting in November 2004.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/11/2008 (link) 94 points

    (Château d'Yquem) Coconut and hazelnut nose; rich, coconut, butter, apricot, vanilla; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    8/16/2007 (link) 92 points

    (Château d'Yquem) Focused apricot nose; apricot, peach and brown sugar palate; long finish 92+ pts.

Rockss and Fruit

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

    (Y'quem) The '97 was full rich and packed with botrytis. Little less focused than the '90 but still great.

Winedoctor

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

    (Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) A hot vintage, with slow onset of botrytis. Earliest recorded harvest, on September 4th. Six tries, with better botrytis later on. Showing a good, more golden hue. This is more like it; and expressive and impressive nose, with ripe, crystalline honey fruit and loads of botrytis character. Pure, impressive, balanced. This has lovely poise and is quite delicious. Creamy-oily texture but not over-the-top, tremendously rich finish and a great length. Correct acidity. A big, structured, yet seductive wine; this will go for decades.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/26/2004 (link) 94 points

    (Château d'Yquem) Banana, maple nose; roasted sweet, nutty, banana, tropical fruit palate; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • 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, 055251973757, 087000361096, 3258691171623, 3700266204620

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 155 (2%)
  • In Cellars 6,393 (74%)
  • Consumed 2,058 (24%)

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Community Recommendations

foie gras, blue cheese, Bread Pudding, Creme Brulee, Fromage bleu et torchon de foie gras, Fruit Pie, Panna Cotta, Profiteroles, Selection of artisinal cheeses, Tarte Tatin

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