1989 d'Yquem

- 750 ml
98
RP
Availability: In Stock
$425.00
Availability: In stock
Product ID
13122-750-AI

Wine Critic Reviews:

...One the outstanding Yquem's of the modern age, this '89 rarely disappoints. It has a limpid amber/golden colour. The nose is exuberant, just soaring from the glass with acacia honey, orange-blossom, apricots, quince and a touch of wild heather. Brilliant definition. The palate is perhaps more introspective than I anticipated but beautifully balanced with viscous honeyed fruit, tangerine, peach and just a hint of Seville orange marmalade. Lacquers the mouth in heavenly Sauternes with an extraordinarily long finish. Stunning! Drink now-2050+.

Neal Martin (eRobertParker.com) | 98 RP
The 1989 Yquem is probably the best and most consistent of the triumvirate at the end of the decade. Two bottles tasted at 30 years of age give me no reason to alter that opinion. Limpid gold in color, slightly lighter than the 1988, it has a vivacious bouquet of gorgeous orange blossom, tinned apricot, quince jelly and wild heather, all delivered with impressive clarity. The palate is cohesive, pure and exquisitely balanced, sporting just the right amount of viscosity (less than the 1990). It bursts with tangerine, white peach, saffron and fresh fig, flecks of Seville orange marmalade appearing on the finish. This is Yquem flirting with its very best, and you never know – it could get even better with age. Tasted at Hide restaurant in London.

Vinous Media Neal Martin | 98 VM
Very classy and beautiful, packed with botrityzed flavors. Marvelous blend of vanilla, cream, tobacco-box notes, with a lot of oak on it for now but also loads of pure, clean and elegant fruit. An infant that will age for a long time.--Yquem vertical. Best after 2020. 12,500 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 97 WS

Sokolin 1989 d'Yquem Tasting Notes:

Elegance is d'Yquem's second name. Everything about this wine - from the label to the aftertaste - is immensely graceful and by whispering its name, you'll summon it to your glass, where the real magic will begin.

Among whites, the 1989 d'Yquem stands alone. Brilliant Semillon shows its powerful character right from your glass, with the outstanding golden color with a bit of amber reflection. Absolutely hypnotizing - if you're capable of raising the glass and pulling it closer to your face, you'll be able to enjoy the apricots, the sweet orange blossom, some honey and quince on the nose. The palate will reveal just how much this wine is going to last. This Sauternes will be beautifully drinkable for a long, long time so drink now if you want to experience heaven first hand, or leave for later and have something to look forward to for the years to come. Absolutely legendary, and so is its finish, long-lasting and spectacularly delicious.
More Information
Availability In Stock
Vintage 1989
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 98 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.
OWC No
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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