Wine Region: Sauternes, France
Grapes: Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
Spring was warm, but very wet, with late flowering.. However, the tide turned in July when beautiful weather set in. The harvest began late, in mid-October, and stretched until All Saints' Day. The grapes developed evenly during this time and were able to take their time to reach complete maturity. There were six passes altogether, each of excellent quality. 88 Yqeum is very full and classic.
Robert Parker 98 pts - The 1988 d'Yquem has an incredibly profound nose of orange marmalade, dried apricots, honeycomb, musk and dried pineapple with hints of marzipan and crystallized ginger. The palate is seamless with a great line of crisp acid cutting through the densely packed dried tropical fruit and honeyed flavour layers. The finish just goes on and on.
Wine Spectator 96 pts - Lots of of beeswax, botrytis spice and honey, with hints of toffee. Full-bodied, very sweet, thick and layered. Caramel, toffee, spice. Molasses too. Very, very powerful. Muscular and rich. Fabulous Sauternes. Nothing comes close in this vintage.
About the Winery
With Romain-Bertrand de Lur-Saluces, the grandson of Françoise-Joséphine, what was only a family possession is recognized internationally. In 1855, as a posthumous recognition of the work done by the lady of Yquem, the estate was elevated to the rank of the one and only first superior cru of the classification established at the request of Emperor Napoleon III for the Paris World Fair. .
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