1997 d'Yquem, Sauternes
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 Collectibles Designation* Extremely concentrated, yet subtle. Aromas of honey and spices, with an intense botrytis nose. Full-bodied, thick and fruity, with orange peel and lemon rind character. Medium sweetness. Balanced, yet thick and backward. Reminds me of the harmonious 1990--certainly the best since then. Best after 2008.
K&L's notes - 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.