Sauternes 1989 Half Bottle 375ml - Château d'Yquem

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Sauternes 1989 Half Bottle 375ml

£255.00

98 points, “The 1989 Yquem is probably the best and most consistent of the triumvirate at the end of the decade… flirting with its very best, and you never know – it could get even better with age.” – Vinous

97 points, “The palate delivers powerful, wonderfully concentrated notes of dried stone fruits with provocative nutty nuances and a seamless acid backbone, packaged within a satiny texture and finishing on a lingering lemon tea and minerals note.” – Wine Advocate

97 points, “Very classy and beautiful, packed with botrytised flavours… An infant that will age for a long time.” – Wine Spectator

This was a very hot year with a violent hailstorm in July. Wedged between two of Sauternes best-ever vintages, 1989 is too often overlooked. However, as the critic scores show, this is a phenomenal and rich Château d’Yquem, in no small part due to the low yields and high concentration. Unfurling it magnificence like a butterfly breaking out of its chrysalis and opening its wings for the first time, it’s a spectacular display of dried mango, pineapple jam, poached apricots, heather honey, praline, crème brûlée, marmalade, lemon, tangerine, herbal tea and saffron. As ever, it’s an opportunity not to miss. Consider pairing with cheese, fruit-based desserts, crème brûlée, pâté or chicken livers; or simply giving it the respect it deserves and serving it alone at the end of a meal in all its magnificence.

As Jancis Robinson says, this producer creates the “greatest wine of Sauternes, and according to the famous 1855 Classification, of the entire Bordeaux region.” But it goes far beyond that; Château d’Yquem is the most famous sweet wine on the planet and arguably the finest. This is one of the few wines that all the critics agree unanimously is a masterpiece in every vintage. Its 110-hectare vineyard is planted with 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc and is located on the highest hill in Sauternes, where it enjoys the best growing conditions in the whole appellation. Botrytis cinerea, also known as noble rot, attacks the grapes, dehydrating them and concentrating the flavours and the sugar. Winds that blow through the vineyard prevent this rot from becoming destructive and the grapes are rigorously sorted, resulting in extremely low yields. It’s said that one vine is required to create just one glass of Château d’Yquem. In its illustrious history it was once owned by the King of England and has therefore always been much-loved on these shores. More recently, it was acquired by Louis Vuitton-Moët-Hennessy (LVMH), owners of Dom Pérignon, Krug, Ruinart, Cheval Blanc, Ardbeg, Glenmorangie, Belvedere and Cloudy Bay, not to mention a who’s who of fashion, cosmetics and jewellery. All of which makes it one of the most stylish wines on Earth.

£68 per 100.00ml

SKU No.: 957442

Style No.: 257043

Country: France
Region: Sauternes
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Closure: Cork
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.5%
Volume: 375ml
Allergens: Sulphites

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