Wine Region: Sauternes, France
Grapes: Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
A vintage that reflects a beautiful hot, dry summer that stopped short of anything excessive. Lasting from 17/9 to 10/10, the harvest was very intense picking took place every day during that time, except on weekends. The weather was outstanding, the grapes were ideal, and this is an extraordinary, amazingly successful vintage an archetypal great Yquem with tremendous balance, power, and finesse.
Robert Parker 99 pts - An extraordinary effort, Yquem's 1990 is a rich and fabulously superb, sweet wine. This wine also possesses lots of elegance and finesse. The wine's medium gold color is accompanied by an exceptionally sweet nose of honeyed tropical fruits, peaches, coconut, and apricots. High quality, subtle toasty oak is well-integrated. The wine is massive on the palate, with layers of intensely ripe botrytis-tinged, exceptionally sweet fruit. Surprisingly well-integrated acidity, and a seamless, full-bodied power and richness have created a wine of remarkable harmony and purity. Certainly it is one of the richest Yquems I have ever tasted, with 50-100 years of potential longevity. An awesome Yquem! Anticipated maturity: 2003-2050+.
Wine Spectator 97 pts - 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.
About the Winery
With Romain-Bertrand de Lur-Saluces, the grandson of Francoise-Josephine, 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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