Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1996
from Sauternes and Barsac, Bordeaux, France
"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.
Note: Yquem spends 42 months in 100% new oak. No cask tasting is permitted, and the wine is not released until 5 years after the vintage. For example, the 1998 will be released some time in 2003; the 2001 will not be released until 2006." -Wine Advocate
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A Customer - california usa
i traveled to france october 2002 and i stayed in bordeaux . i drove to sauternes and visited chateau d'yquem . i always wandered why this dessert wine was more expensive than champagne, well i guess a lot of people never had a chance to taste a chateau d'yquem. i did a few times and i had a chance to pick a few grapes from the vineyard. they pick the grapes by hand with a forks, and only the very ripe, molded grapes are picked, leaving the rest to brown ripe . the wine takes a long operation and only a few casses are sold. the wine is rare and you need to appreciate it if you have a chance to drink it. max douk
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