1980 d'Yquem, Sauternes
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This year is a perfect example of a vintage that was much better for the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes than it was for the red wines. Yquem produced its greatest wine since the twin titans of 1975 and 1976. Medium golden, with a big, opulent, honeyed, oaky, flowery, tropical fruit bouquet, this wine is rich and concentrated, has very good acidity, a lot of botrytis, and a stunning finish. It is a great success, and it continues to evolve at a snail's pace. Anticipated maturity: Now-2035. (RP)
A good year for Sauternes, a very good vintage for Yquem. Fresh, with lemon, grapefruit and quince notes, this is lovely and 'sympathique', with honey tones but not much botrytis concentration. (PM)
91-93 points Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "First tasted in January 2003 from a half-bottle. Deep amber. A deep honeyed nose. Syrupy. Not as subtle as the 1979. The palate is loaded with botrytis and as usual has very good acidity. This needs more time. Apricot and honey finish. I prefer the 1979 now, but 80 may last longer. Give it another 5 years and it would be similar to that wine. A second encounter in November 2004 validated my initial note: whereas the Yquem '79 seems to be declining, the 80 is gathering strength. A similar colour to the '79 though the nose is less intense, more floral with greater purity. The palate is admirable focus and concentration with slight lower acidity than the '79. Honey, apricot, almond with a strong citrus finish. Good length. On this occasion, the '80 wins over the '79."