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1996 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Blend

  • Sauternes Blend
  • 750ML
  • WS96
  • WA95
  • JR93

Reviews

WS96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2013
This leans toward the tropical side, with mango and guava notes out front, while maple, date, blood orange and citrus oil flavors fill in behind. The finish kicks into another gear, taking off with honeysuckle, orange... This leans toward the tropical side, with mango and guava notes out front, while maple, date, blood orange and citrus oil flavors fill in behind. The finish kicks into another gear, taking off with honeysuckle, orange blossom and frangipane accents. Has almost unbridled power today, while maintaining serious cut. A very impressive showing in a rather overlooked vintage.—Non-blind Yquem vertical (July 2014). Drink now through 2035. – JM
WA95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2013
Compared with the flamboyant aromatics of the 1997 Yquem's 1996 plays it closer to the vest although there is a lot going on. Light gold with a tight but promising nose of roasted hazelnuts intermixed with creme... Compared with the flamboyant aromatics of the 1997 Yquem's 1996 plays it closer to the vest although there is a lot going on. Light gold with a tight but promising nose of roasted hazelnuts intermixed with creme brulee vanilla beans honey orange marmalade and peaches this medium to full-bodied offering reveals loads of power in its restrained measured personality. There is admirable acidity weight texture and purity in this impeccably made Yquem. However patience will be a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2060.
JR93
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson, January 2013
Half bottle. Deep gold, savoury/sour apricot and orange peel aromas. Intense, viscous, dense and there's a slightly grippy texture on the palate still. Great depth, notes of almond and baked apple and all that... Half bottle. Deep gold, savoury/sour apricot and orange peel aromas. Intense, viscous, dense and there's a slightly grippy texture on the palate still. Great depth, notes of almond and baked apple and all that sweetness counterbalanced by bracing acidity. Still seems so young, and promises more. 18/20 (JH)