Based on 508 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 98 points Wine Advocate "Medium to deep golden colored, the 1990 d'Yquem opens with unabashed opulence, giving expressive notes of dried apricots, toffee, candied walnut, tree bark and sandalwood with nuances of preserved mandarin peel, lemongrass and fallen leaves. The palate is entering that stage where it still has bags of fruit and yet appears quite dry, with a lively line contributing jaw-dropping tension and finishing with epically long-lingering honey nut and earth-inspired notes. Pure. Hedonism. (LP)" 94 points Vinous "Full-blown aromas of caramel, toffee, honey, white chocolate and damp earth; slightly Tokaj-like. Hugely concentrated and layered in the mouth; extraordinary sweetness cut by harmonious acidity. As with the best vintages of Yquem, the finish goes on for a minute or more. Stains, and stuns, the palate. (ST)"
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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).