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  • Country ranking ?

    272
  • Producer ranking ?

    16
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035

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 1976

The cool weather in spring caused a certain amount of coulure. Summer was sunny and with just enough rain in August to avoid water stress. The harvest went forth full steam ahead in three passes to avoid over-concentration and finished on the 17th of November. There were not a great many grapes, but they were very juicy. 1975 is a benchmark vintage for the 70s. It is very balanced, with great purity and underlying power.

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Average Bottle Price

2017 2015 2012 2010 2005
633€ +3.6% 611€ +12.5% 543€ +18.3% 459€ +34.2% 342€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

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The next Yquem was quite exotic, possessing more mango and passion fruit. The 1976 d’Yquem reeked of decadence and pleasure. This was a heavy and thick Yquem, quite sexy, opulent and more concentrated. Someone likened it to the 1989, and this was certainly an extroverted Yquem. There was less vim on its finish than the top-tiered vintages, but it is ‘not gonna go away’ either (95).
  • 95p
Golden. In all aspects it was a fantastic wine with incredibly well-composed and intense noble rot, refined and deep aroma of melon and heather honey, lot of nuances, enormous concentration and depth on the palate, perfect balance and aftertaste, which would not disappear. A monument of a wine! Will it last for 30 years more? Yes!
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"Dark golden colour with a pink hue. Caramel nose. On the palate bitter almond, honeysuckle, fresh lemon."
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Information

Origin

Sauternes, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass Time

2h

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2m 6d ago

100p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  d'Yquem 1976  ( Château d'Yquem )

"Golden. In all aspects it was a fantastic wine with incredibly well-composed and intense noble rot, refined and deep aroma of melon and heather honey, lot of nuances, enormous concentration and depth on the palate, perfect balance and aftertaste, which would not disappear. A monument of a wine! Will it last for 30 years more? Yes!"

8m 14d ago

95p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  d'Yquem 1976  ( Château d'Yquem )

""Dark golden colour with a pink hue. Caramel nose. On the palate bitter almond, honeysuckle, fresh lemon.""

1y 22d ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  d'Yquem 1976  ( Château d'Yquem )

"The next Yquem was quite exotic, possessing more mango and passion fruit. The 1976 d’Yquem reeked of decadence and pleasure. This was a heavy and thick Yquem, quite sexy, opulent and more concentrated. Someone likened it to the 1989, and this was certainly an extroverted Yquem. There was less vim on its finish than the top-tiered vintages, but it is ‘not gonna go away’ either (95)."

3y 11m ago

96p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  d'Yquem 1976  ( Château d'Yquem )

"(Served blind) Amber, heavy apricots and rich fruity nose, while elegant. Fresh acidity, elegant palate as well, refreshing, towards playful, long, incredible finish. Gorgeous bottle."

4y 3m ago

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