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Château d'Yquem 1991

Parker : 89 / 100
J. Robinson : 17 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 1991 Chateau d'Yquem was actually not affected by the frosts like everywhere else in Bordeaux, damaging 30% of the vines, predicating a two-track ripening cycle. This was not too much of a problem to overcome since bunches are picked one by one. Picking commenced on September 19, with half the crop being picked over five days between October 21 and 25 after a spell of intermittent showers. It has a lighter color than the 1995. The nose displays moderate intensity with light waxy scents that would benefit from more vigor. The palate is well-balanced but there is a distinct sense of the wine being a little one-dimensional and it is missing some tension, especially toward the finish. Although this is a commendable Sauternes, there is a bitterness and a slight rawness that cannot be ignored. Still, it deserves a light applause considering the growing season. Drink now-2020. Tasted March 2014.
BordeauxSauternes
Grape varieties
cepage_detail_sémillon_sauvignon_blanc

Dessert wine
Yes

J. Robinson
17

R. Gabriel
17

Wine Spectator
88

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Graves

Area
Bordeaux

Appellation
Sauternes

Color
White

Producer
Château d'Yquem

Sweetness
Liquoreux

Classification
1er cru Superieur

Parker
89

Allergens
Contains sulphites