1995 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml)

SKU #999583 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 1995 Chateau d’Yquem is moving into its secondary aroma phase. A deep golden color, it has a dense and almost Barsac-like bouquet with tangerine, apricot, acacia and melted candle wax. It displays good intensity, unfolding beautifully in the glass. The palate has a strident opening, with a slight bitter edge that lends this Yquem great tension. One can discern layers of marmalade infused with honey fruit, with a powerful, spicy finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is drinking perfectly now, but will surely age with style over many years. Tasted March 2014. (NM)  (6/ 2014)

Jancis Robinson

 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. Drink 2015-2035.  (6/ 2011)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/1/2014  | Send Email
Originally tasted July 2012, the 1995 d'Yquem is straight sex. Concentrated, honeyed, aromas of frangipane and poached quince. This will live on for decades if you can be prevented from drinking it now.

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Sauvignon Blanc

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