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1997 Château d'Yquem (375ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Château d'Yquem chateau-yquem.fr   details
Appellation: Sauternes - France (1er Cru Supérieur)
Type: sweet white
Varietal: Sémillon - Sauvignon Blanc
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$167.00
 
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: September 30, 2012 , Kevin Ham
"Excellent, deeper n spicier than 50th birthday wine."
rated: April 20, 2007 , Patrick Sommers
95 points
rated: December 3, 2011 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
96 points "96 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate April 2003 A sensational Yquem, 1997 may be this estate's finest effort since 1990 (although I would not discount the 1996 turning out to be nearly as good). The 1997's light gold color is accompanied a gorgeous perfume of caramel, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and smoky wood. Full-bodied and unctuously-textured, with good underlying acidity as well as loads of sweetness and glycerin, it looks to be a great vintage for this renowned Sauternes estate. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2055. Note: Yquem spends 42 months in 100% new oak. No cask tasting is permitted, and the wine is not released until 5 years after the vintage. For example, the 1998 will be released some time in 2003; the 2001 will not be released until 2006. 95 points, Wine Spectator October 2002 Extremely concentrated, yet subtle. Aromas of honey and spices, with an intense botrytis nose. Full-bodied, thick and fruity, with orange peel and lemon rind character. Medium sweetness. Balanced, yet thick and backward. Reminds me of the harmonious 1990--certainly the best since then. Best after 2008. 14,000 cases made. –JS " Best -2055
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