ITEM 20260

1990 Chateau d`Yquem Sauternes


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98WA 95WS 94ST

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 98 points

A warm to hot vintage ideal for producing outstanding reds does not necessarily make for a great Sauternes vintage, but in the case of 1990 it did. Dry, warm winds in the autumn contributed to the level of concentration that this wine exhibits. Fortunately, a little rain in late September and early October ensured that botrytis flourished well in the end, the final factor necessary to achieve this extraordinary expression.

Review Date: August 2019

Wine Spectator: 95 points

Truly superb. Yellow with a gold hue. Intense spice, honey and dried orange peel aromas.Full-bodied, very sweet and very alive. Vibrant Sauternes that goes on and on on the palate. Doesn't get much better than this. Beautiful now,but wait.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010. 18,750 cases made. ?JS

Review Date: August 2000

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: 94 points

Full-blown aromas of caramel, toffee, honey, white chocolate and damp earth slightly Tokaj-like. Hugely concentrated and layered in the mouth extraordinary sweetness cut by harmonious acidity. As with the best vintages of Yquem, the finish goes on for a minute or more. Stains, and stuns, the palate. A huge wine, surprisingly extravagant on the nose (earlier bottles have been far more restrained) but completely unevolved and a bit musclebound on the palate. May ultimately merit a higher score.

Review Date: July 1998