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89 / 100
Franck Dubourdieu September - 2007
Franck Dubourdieu
85 / 100
Robert PARKER - The Wine Advocate
The 1966 is a very good wine, but for Yquem it is mediocre. Not nearly as rich and intense as one would expect, this wine is still big, a trifle clumsy, and too oaky, but enjoyable.
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84 / 100
Wine Spectator May - 1999
Wine Spectator
( 05-1999) Not totally clean as it shows some gray rotcorkiness on the nose, but there is also some orange marmalade, honey and spice character in this wine. Turns quite woody, with lots of caramel that suggests a bit of oxidation.Yquem vertical. Drink now. (PM)
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4 / 5
Michael Broadbent September - 1999
Michael Broadbent

Couleur ambrée. Nez de fruits confits accompagnés par des arômes tertiaires très agréables. Le vin est racé avec une bonne densité. Il bénéficie d'un vieillissement "positif" et d'une douceur équilibrée. La finale est encore très fraîche avec des notes de menthe et d'orange amère. Le soutien alcoolique n'est pas discret. C'est un Yquem d'excellent niveau qui atteint tranquillement son summum.

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Region Bordeaux
Appellation Sauternes
Colour Sweet white wine
Volume 0.75 l
Country France
Château d'Yquem
Château d'Yquem

The Château d'Yquem is an area of 133 hectares including 113 hectares of vineyards, 102 acres operated, south of Bordeaux in Sauternes region that produces a sweet white wine ranked Premier Cru Superior, the only wine from the Sauternes category.

It is considered by many as the best Sauternes. The yield is only 6 hectoliters per hectare and in some years, if the quality is not deemed sufficient, the bottles are not sold under this label.

The wines are characterized by their complexity due to a significant amount of residual sugar and flavorings made by Botrytis cinerea. A relatively high acidity helps offset the sweetness. Another characteristic for which Château d'Yquem is known is his longevity. In good years does present a bottle of his outstanding after one or two decades in a cellar and with care it will keep for a century or more, adding to the complexity...

Since 1959 Chateau d'Yquem produces a dry white wine named "Y" (and before 2004 "Y Lur-Saluces") makes an equal proportion of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. This wine, like great wine is not produced every year. The 2005 vintage was the first vintage of Yquem offered for sale en primeur. 

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