The 1985 d'Yquem is a powerful, rich, exceptionally concentrated wine. Yet because of the lack of botrytis in the vineyards during this hot, dry vintage, the wine does not have the compelling complexity so frequently encountered in d'Yquem. Nevertheless, this massive, unctuous, light-golden-colored d'Yquem makes quite a mouthful of wine with its honeyed flavors. It is hard to know when a wine such as this will be fully mature, but I have no hesitation in saying that the wine will certainly last for 25-30 or more years, though I do not see it ever being among the great d'Yquems. Anticipated maturity: 1995-2025. Last tasted, 3/92.
Chateau d’Yquem is an esteemed wine estate located in Sauternes – the Gironde region in the southern area of Bordeaux, France – also referred to as Graves. The main wine from Chateau d’Yquem is rated Premier Cru Superieur from the official Bordeaux Classification of 1855. Furthermore, it was the only wine from the Sauternes region to receive this status – an indication of its superiority and high value.
Chateau d’Yquem also produces a second wine, a dry white labeled Ygrec. The distinctive characteristics of Chateau d’Yquem are the complexity, sweetness and concentration of the wines. Moreover, it is known for its longetivity; under proper storage and well cared for, bottles can last over a century.
5,000 - 6,000 cases
Premier Cru Superieur
Graves - Left Bank
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