1989 Chateau d'Yquem #167110660
Based on 282 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 97 points Wine Advocate "Medium to deep gold colored, the 1989 d'Yquem is little closed to begin, slowly unfurling to give gorgeous dried mango, pineapple paste and candied peel scents with hints of praline, nutmeg, lemon butter and creme caramel plus a waft of crushed stones. The palate delivers powerful, wonderfully concentrated notes of dried stone fruits with provocative nutty nuances and a seamless acid backbone, packaged within a satiny texture and finishing on a lingering lemon tea and minerals note. (LP)" 98 points Vinous "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. (NM)"
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About Chateau d'Yquem
The esteemed Estate is situated in Graves and is surrounded by 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc vines near the river Garonne. These humid, cool conditions create the perfect environment for botrytis, or “noble rot,” to transform these juicy grapes into shriveled, concentrated liquid gold.
Despite the wines being outrageously delicious upon release, they can age for a remarkable amount of time. Jancis Robinson describes them as “immortal” with the potential to age for not only decades, but generations. The Sauternes is only made in vintages where growing conditions are absolutely perfect, and the results have consistently been rated near perfect (and perfect!), with critics describing the golden nectar as, “simply mind-blowing … [p]ure perfection,” and a “rarity that must be tried to be believed” (WA).