1995 d'Yquem, Sauternes
Very dark tawny - a sunny vintage. Quite different. Lots of botrytis. Big and smudgy and less precise than the 1996. Very sweet but without the precision of 1996. I think ideally one would wait before serving this. Long and chewy and caramel with some chew. Big and round and dried-fruit notes but you need to wait. (17.5/20 points)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Château d'Yquem is undoubtedly a unique wine, unchallenged in terms of purity, complexity, longevity and subtlety. Aesthetically wondrous, there is a coruscating, golden glow that illuminates even the gloomiest dinner table. Older vintages oxidize and turn deep amber, almost brown hue for the most ancient bottles and one often finds conspicuous variation in colour between bottles of the same vintage, perhaps due to microscopic variations in oxidation through pores in the cork. (Producer Profile)
Yquem can hardly contain their enthusiasm for the 1995 vintage. This offers a clear, brilliant golden-yellow color with a bouquet that is still a bit closed up at the moment. However, there are hints of honey, raisins, and jam due to the 1995 vintage's superb concentration. The bouquet also reveals subtle aromas of quince, fig, and hazelnut. Shows a great deal of character on the palate - round and full-bodied, with considerable strength. The richness is balanced by good acidity. Orange and mandarin flavors fill the mouth, and the finish is much longer than typical of Yquem. This vintage will easily survive the first century of the new millennium, and will no doubt provide us with much pleasure in future decades.