Yquem 1995

Sauternes/Barsac, First Growth

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Tasting Notes

Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 1995 Chateau d’Yquem is moving into its secondary aroma phase. A deep golden color, it has a dense and almost Barsac-like bouquet with tangerine, apricot, acacia and melted candle wax. It displays good intensity, unfolding beautifully in the glass. The palate has a strident opening, with a slight bitter edge that lends this Yquem great tension. One can discern layers of marmalade infused with honey fruit, with a powerful, spicy finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is drinking perfectly now, but will surely age with style over many years. Tasted March 2014.

Score: 95

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com 01 June 2014

Very dark tawny - a sunny vintage. Quite different. Lots of botrytis. Big and smudgy and less precise than the 1996. Very sweet but without the precision of 1996. I think ideally one would wait before serving this. Long and chewy and caramel with some chew. Big and round and dried-fruit notes but you need to wait. (17.5+ Points)

Score: 17 - 18

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2035 08 June 2011

We finished with the 1995 Yquem. While top-flight, it is not among the great vintages from this estate. Its crème brûlée, orange marmalade, and voluptuousness were remarkable.

Score: 94

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com 01 May 2007