1975 d'Yquem

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Wine Critic Reviews for 1975 d'Yquem

The 1975 may turn out to be the greatest of the modern-day Yquems. When fully mature in another 25-30 years, it may rival the extraordinary 1937 and 1921. This wine continues to evolve at a stubbornly slow pace. It is far more backward than recent vintages such as 1983 and 1986. Nevertheless, it is awesomely concentrated, has perfect balance, and displays the telltale Yquem aromas of vanillin oak, tropical fruit, pineapples, honeyed peaches, and grilled almonds. There is exceptionally crisp acidity that pulls all of the massive extract into precise focus. This is a wine of astonishing power and finesse, with a finish that must be tasted to be believed. It is a monumental effort that may well justify a perfect score in another decade. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2060. Last tasted, 1/91.

Robert Parker | 99 RP
Noted as a standout at the time of harvest, and still holding up incredibly well. This beautiful wine remains rich, luscious and truly of excellent quality. Tiny yields of perhaps 8hl/h, it is displaying notes of orange peel, orange rind, caramel, white truffle, with a dry finish. This is silky smooth and utterly gorgeous, with clear spiciness underpinning the fruit, and a wonderful lift of acidity. This can easily last another few decades, and offers huge pleasure (and has done on several occasions when I have tasted it, suggested consistency). Run by Alexandre de Lur Saluces at the time. Drinking Window 2015 - 2030.

Decanter Magazine | 96 DEC
(Château d’Yquem (375 ml.)) The 1975 Yquem is one of my favorite vintages for current drinking, and this particular half bottle was just singing. The bouquet is deep, complex and very tangy, as it offers up a very refined mélange of apricots, honey, oranges, toasted coconut, crème brulée, soil tones, a very gentle framing of vanillin oak and a lovely topnote of citrus zest. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, impeccably balanced and hauntingly long, with great acids that lend cut and freshness to the flavors, superb mid-palate depth and great length and grip on the finish. A superb vintage of Yquem. (Drink between 2008-2050).

John Gilman | 96 JG
A celebrated vintage. Thick, rich and powerful, this Yquem is packed with an immense concentration of flavors. Tastes almost tannic, tough and unyielding (like many '75 [i]red[n] Bordeaux), but the rough, awkward edges should smooth out with time.--Yquem vertical. Best after 2020.

Wine Spectator | 95 WS

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Vintage 1975
Color White
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Chateau d'Yquem
Rating 99 RP
Region Sauternes: The white wines of Bordeaux are sometimes sadly looked over, as the region is primarily known for their almost absurdly powerful and delicious reds. However, if you like a refreshing, sweet treat on a late summer evening or you wish to complete your journey through Bordeaux's finest wines, you should not skip a Sauternes bottle or two. Made from a carefully balanced mixture of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle grape varietals, this wine boasts an almost supernatural sweetness. This sugary nature can be attributed to the presence of noble rot that can cause the grapes to visually resemble raisins in a way. We would completely understand if a single taste of fine Sauternes brought visible tears of joy to your eyes, as the flavor is just that magnificent. As you swirl the liquid gold in your mouth, an orchestral performance echoes on, with a grounding double bass of honey and the sharpness and acidity of a passionate violin solo. Notes of peach, apricot and nut punctuate the experience, sending you sky-high with inspiration and pure, emotional bliss. Let us open the door to a whole new world together.
Type of Wine Dessert White: In the minds of many wine lovers, no food pairing matches the appeal of a dessert and an appropriate dessert wine. For those of us with a pronounced sweet tooth, dessert whites come in many shapes, sizes, and, most importantly, varietals. Whether you're dealing with an Austrian Pinot Blanc or a sweet German Riesling, it's hard to resist for long.
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Varietal Sauternes Blend: Made from a carefully balanced mixture of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle grape varietals, the Sauternes blends boasts an almost supernatural sweetness. This sugary nature can be attributed to the presence of noble rot that can cause the grapes to visually resemble raisins in a way.
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