1988 d'Yquem

- 750 ml
99
RP
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$500.00
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Product ID
13086-750-XX3

Wine Critic Reviews:

Millionaires will have considerable fun comparing the evolution of the 1988 d'Yquem with the 1986. Both are super-rich, honeyed, botrytised wines. The 1988 exhibits a deeper color, as well as a more evolved, richer, and more complex bouquet. Aromas of melted butter, honeyed fruits, spicy nuts, and toasty new oak explode upward from the glass. The 1988 d'Yquem displays more richness and unctuosity than any young d'Yquem I have tasted. It should have 40-60 years of positive evolution, although one suspects that much of the production will be consumed within the next 4-5 years. If my instincts are correct, this is the most profound d'Yquem since the legendary 1959. It may not prove as timeless as the 1975, but I believe it to be even more concentrated. Anticipated maturity: 1998-2050. Last tasted, 7/93.

Robert M. Parker, Jr. | 99 RP
The 1988 d'Yquem is almost identical to the bottle I tasted in 2016. This is almost Barsac-like in style on the nose with scents of barley sugar, complemented by marmalade and mandarin, fresh and vibrant with a palpable sense of energy. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous texture but it is not, and has never been, as unctuous as either the 1989 or 1990. However, what the 1988 does possess is a surfeit of vitality and tension. There are layers of blood orange, quince and marmalade towards the finish that as the aromatics suggest, comes across as quite Barsac in style. Superb. Tasted at Château Batailley.

Vinous Media Neal Martin | 96 VM
Broad and soft, with creamed apricot, mango, date, honey, caramel and marzipan notes, all framed by toasted brioche and musk accents. The flattering finish lets orange curd and flan details glide through. A touch shy on tension, but shows lovely range.—Non-blind Yquem vertical (July 2014). Drink now through 2030. 6,500 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 94 WS

Sokolin 1988 d'Yquem Tasting Notes:

Chateau d'Yquem continues to prove its utter dominance over the region of Sauternes with this absolutely stunning wine. It's hard to name vintages for this glorious producer that haven't spawned what feels like perfect wines. The cosmically deep amber hue of the wine pulls you in early, before exploding into a spellbinding, opulent bouquet of tropical white fruit, candied orange, gentle apricot, thick, creamy honey and just a dash of ginger. It's a medium-bodied masterpiece, and these wonderful aromatics translate fluently to the palate, where you get to experience the full extent of d'Yquem's mastery over flavor. A careful dose of acidity balances an infinitely complex, focused, and potent flavor profile, and a finish that moves the soul and urges you to take another sip. Like the hands of a grandfather clock, you're almost forced to repeat the same journey again, and there is no place on Earth you'd rather be. Truly remarkable.
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Availability Out of Stock
Vintage 1988
Format 750 ml
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 d'Yquem: When a winery is considered by many to be the single best in its region, you know you're dealing with a titan. Chateau d'Yquem is a hugely influential and reputable winery located in the Sauternes sub-region, and their wines could make even Dionysus swell up in envy. There is not a single wine lover in the world we wouldn't recommend these wines to, and the reason becomes obvious as soon as you sip the godly nectar. The flavor profile is as beautiful as it is complex and precise, its sweetness latches onto you. The candied apricots, the aromatic flowers, the vanilla; it's hard to focus on one amazing flavor when everything mixes perfectly. Every wine fanatic keeps Chateau d'Yquem near the top of their priority list at all times. These wines' consistency creates a quality that's unbelievable.
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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