1997 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A sensational Yquem, 1997 may be this estate's finest effort since 1990 (although I would not discount the 1996 turning out to be nearly as good). The 1997's light gold color is accompanied a gorgeous perfume of caramel, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and smoky wood. Full-bodied and unctuously-textured, with good underlying acidity as well as loads of sweetness and glycerin, it looks to be a great vintage for this renowned Sauternes estate. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2055.
A pure style, with intense acacia, white peach, apricot, nectarine and tangerine notes that are long and racy, set against a gorgeous singed almond backdrop. Pulls together orchard and tropical fruit flavors on the long, refined finish.—Non-blind Yquem vertical (July 2014). Drink now through 2035. (Web-2014)
Pungent, rich and very fine. Exciting. Great stuff. Long and rich.
Fabulous wine. Perhaps the best since the legendary 1967. Bill Blatch, Sauternes guru and wine negociant extraordinaire, says that 1997 Sauternes are better than the trio of '88, '89, '90. This wine should cellar well for the whole of this century. Intense, lush, rich, etc, etc. Additional comments from Robert Parker: "Yquem spends 42 months in 100% new oak. No cask tasting is permitted, and the wine is not released until 5 years after the vintage." (4/2003)