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  • Country ranking ?

    962
  • Producer ranking ?

    29
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Meringue Pie

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 1998

The weather was not very sunny, but especially warm, with drought conditions and a heat wave that brought on early bud break. Rain in the first two weeks of September gave rise to botrtyis in grapes that became concentrated thanks to easterly winds. Showers nevertheless interrupted picking for an entire month. The second pass was as plentiful as the first. 1998 Yquem is very seductive and it is said that it is two vintages in one.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium, Gold and Clear

ending

Long, Gentle and Lingering

flavors

Mint, Licorice, Vanilla, Apricot, Cherry and Waxy

nose

Intense, Complex, Seductive and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Perfectly balanced, Complex, Developing, Medium-bodied, Jammy, Ripe, Elegant and Sweet

Verdict

Outstanding and Well-rounded

Written Notes

Pale yellow. Nose was very elegant with well-shaped noble rot, and had a lot of sweetness on the palate with mango, apricot and acacia honey. This was a wine with pure style, much finesse and long aftertaste, but at same time also "light-footed". Give it 15-25 years.
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Good looking half size bottle. Colour is gold. On the nose it is intense, opulent, ripe, rich and complex. The taste is full, fresh, ripe, fat, vivid, and average in acidity, full-bodied, with complex structure and developing. On the palate it is layered and has apricot, cherry, citrus, creamy, earthy, floral, caramel, mint, licorice, white fruits, waxy, tropical fruits, vanilla, nutty, oily and new-oak flavours. The finish is long. This wine is outstanding. I do recommend.
- (Created by Tb)
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Information

Origin

Sauternes, Bordeaux

Glass time

2h

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  d'Yquem 1998  ( Château d'Yquem )

"Pale yellow. Nose was very elegant with well-shaped noble rot, and had a lot of sweetness on the palate with mango, apricot and acacia honey. This was a wine with pure style, much finesse and long aftertaste, but at same time also "light-footed". Give it 15-25 years."

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  d'Yquem 1998  ( Château d'Yquem )

"SWEET Wine club event :P"

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 Emma Kaukoranta, Pro (Finland)  tasted  d'Yquem 1998  ( Château d'Yquem )

"The super tasting was super "

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  d'Yquem 1998  ( Château d'Yquem )

"La tache 51 was superb as well as Krug Clos du Mesnil and Bolly VVF."

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