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The Story

The pleasure derived from tasting Yquem is difficult to describe.

It offers a myriad of well-balanced, complex flavours that generate even more harmonies over time. The impression that remains is reminiscent of a quote from Frédéric Dard "the silence that follows a piece by Mozart, in which the listener remains suffused with the music". This reflects the fact that Château d'Yquem stays on the palate for a remarkable long time, providing a unique, prolonged pleasure. There is a lovely expression in French to describe Yquem's tremendously long aftertaste: il fait la queue du paon, which means that it spreads out like a peacock's tail.


It is always difficult to describe wine-tasting experiences with any precision. The senses of sight, smell, taste and touch are all stimulated virtually at the same time. While gifted tasters can identify some of the aromas and flavours in a glass of Yquem in an effort to define its complexity, they never really succeed in communicating its essence or explaining its mystery. Mere analysis, whether chemical or organoleptic, is not sufficient to account for Yquem's greatness. Yquem tells a unique story... It starts with the bouquet. Although not always very outgoing in young vintages, it is marked by fruit (apricot, mandarin, and occasionally tropical fruit) and oak (vanilla and toasty aromas). Older vintages, on the other hand, have an extraordinarily complex fragrance as soon as the bottle is opened, with hints of dried fruit (dried apricot, prune, stewed fruit, and marmalade), spice (cinnamon, saffron, and liquorice), and even flowers (lime blossom, etc.). The first impression of Château d'Yquem on the palate is always very silky, and often sumptuous. It then fills out, "coating the palate". This fine wine has a strong, but never overbearing character, with great elegance and poise. It always maintains a balance between sugar and acidity (sweetness and freshness). A touch of bitterness can also contribute to the overall harmony. Château d'Yquem's aftertaste is legendary, and it tells another story, which lasts and lasts…

Certain connoisseurs consider it outrageous to drink a young Yquem and believe that opening such a monumental wine before its thirtieth birthday is tantamount to a sacrilege. Others, on the contrary, think that Yquem can be enjoyed at all stages in its life.

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Vintage 1959

A very hot year with showers evenly spread out over spring and summer. The harvest was over quickly. There were 4 passes in quick succession during 30°C weather, with each one followed by a new burst of botrytis. Picking ended in mid-October. This vintage will be remembered for both its earliness and the speed with which it was over – factors typical of very great years.

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Tasting note


Medium, Gold and Healthy


Long, Extensive, Flavorful and Harsh


Honey, Nutty, Apricot, Waxy, Mineral and Floral


Fresh, Seductive, Refined and Intense




High in Acidity, Warming, Complex, Balanced, Concentrated, Mature, Medium-bodied, Average, Harmonious, Vigor, Elegant, Medium-Sweet and Silky tannins


Intelligent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

The bottle was in perfect condition. Level was by the neck. Decanted for two hours. Brownish, deep but a bit oxidated colour. On the nose honey, mango and other tropical fruits, roasted nuts, and pine wood aromas. The wine was unbelievably lively and showed no signs of heaviness. Well balanced. Refined, luxurious, elegant, detailed, and sweet with stunning complexity and a lavish finish. Loads of life left.
  • 96p
There were six vintages to go, and four of them were legendary, the first of which was the 1959 d’Yquem. Its nose was all about the caramel, more crème caramel than any other wine before. Its texture was perfect, with great balance between its oil and cut. It was so delicious in a just right spot. Its acid was mid-level, and ‘great’ and ‘superb’ kept coming up in my notes. There was ‘a lot of sugar’ here from this hot vintage, but it didn’t come across overly sweet (98).
  • 98p

B level fill, top shoulder. Amber with green yellow rim. Botrytis, apricots, raisins, nuts, vanilla, very complex. Pure, elegant, fantastic acidity, really refreshing, caramel, so much happening, complex and balanced, and that acidity just plays and plays in the mouth. Fantastic length, minutes on end. 97

  • 97p
Mahogany. It was similar to 1955, concerning intensity and concentration. However, there were more nuances in this wine, which had noticeable aromas of caramel budding, toffee and candied orange peel. This was breathtaking and sublime wine, with at least 20 eventful years in its "luggage".
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