1983 d'Yquem, Sauternes

SKU #970041 98 points Wine Spectator

 Super-intense and full-throttled, elegant and stylish. Dark amber in color and rich in complexity, this '83 coats your mouth with butterscotch, dried apricot, fig and spice flavors. Made to age for decades.  (4/1995)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1983 is among the most concentrated wines from this property over the last 20 years, with a staggering display of extract and a mind-boggling amount of glycerin. The vintage commenced early for Yquem, beginning on September 29 and finishing on November 18. Most observers feel the 1983 will mature more slowly than the 1986, and will last for almost 100 years. Given Yquem's unbelievable aging potential, such comments do not seem far fetched. At present, the 1983 is enormous, with huge, honeyed, pineapple, coconut, and caramel flavors, massive extract, and an unctuous quality barely framed by acidity and new oak. I do not feel the wine has changed since bottling, and I would not want to start drinking it for at least another 10-15 years. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2050. (RP)  (12/1997)

Jancis Robinson

 Really rather wasted on us all, in 14th position on the menu, but the sheer quality shone through and was still marvellous. Rich and reverberant with considerable but not excessive sweetness. Too much! 19/20  (7/2014)

K&L Notes

Neal Martin scores the '83 d'Yquem 94 points: "The ’83 Yquem retains that Barsac-like bouquet with hints of barley sugar, quince, honey and a touch of marmalade. It has very fine definition and a greater sense of exuberance than hitherto encountered. The palate is very intense, superb vibrant acidity, great sense of tension with honey, marmalade, creme-brulee and apricots. This maybe the best Yquem ‘83 that I have tasted; the length extraordinary with an almost petrolly finish and yet it does not have the breeding of the ’89 or ’01. Drink now-2020+ Tasted December 2008." (Wine Journal, eRobertParker.com)


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