Chateau d’Yquem is an absolute triumph of sweet wines. This liquid gold is produced from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon in Bordeaux, and is the only sweet white wine producer with a classification of premier cru superieur. Apart from being in a unique climate in Sauternes which allows botrytis grapes to grow, its excellence also comes from winemaking knowledge in which they have centuries of experience dating back to the 1500s. They only release a vintage under its own label when quality of grapes are up to their standards, otherwise they are sold off to other producers. Due to the climate, the grapes go through a "noble rot" and shrivel and produce very little juice but which is exactly what makes the juice incredibly concentrated and produces the sweet and elegant wines they are known for, but also the very reason why their bottles cost a pretty penny. Despite the relatively higher price-point, quality is always guaranteed and the wines can be aged spectacularly well.
We will receive a case of Chateau d’Yquem 1998 next week and think this might be a gorgeous wine that you would like to collect a few while it remains affordable nowadays -
Chateau d’Yquem 1998
HK$1,750 per bottle
95pts Stephen Tanzer
Pale gold. Knockout aromas of creme brulee, coconut, vanilla bean, honey and orange peel. Lush and seductively silky in the mouth; its creamy, seamless texture makes it seem deceptively accessible today but sound acid structure should keep it going for 20 years or more. Not hugely sweet or tropical but very complex and fine. Firm, hazelnutty finish offers great length, if not quite the grip of the '89.
94pts Neal Martin
The '98 d'Yquem has a more extravagant nose than I remember, less mineralite than it displayed in its youth and perhaps a little more alcoholic on the nose. There are touches of pineapple, mango, treacle and custard cremes, becoming peachier with time in the glass. The palate is viscous on the entry and very well balanced with honeycomb, white peach, apricot and wild honey that leads to a powerful, if not elegant finish. The '98 is a little "unruly" at present. Drink 2016-2030. Tasted December 2010.
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