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1983 Château d'Yquem (750ml)
Producer: Château d'Yquem chateau-yquem.fr
Appellation: Sauternes - France (1er Cru Supérieur)
Type: sweet white
Varietal: Sémillon - Sauvignon Blanc
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: n/a
Tasting Notes:
tasted: April 3, 2006 , Kieron Lim
"A special wine shared on a special occasion...new years eve of the new millenium. It was the final wine of the night (others we had that night included 1985 Krug, LeFlaive Batard Montrachet 1990, Cheval Blanc 1989). The colour was amber. It had great legs..hinting at its sugar content and viscosity. The nose had wonderfully complex, deep notes of caramel and honey. Nothing prepared me for the sensation that bursts on my palate. It was mouth filling, concentrated and full. the mid palate was incredible. it went on and on.... It was my first encounter with this golden nectar....and I will never forget it."
tasted: December 26, 2012 , David Silver
"OMG!"
rated: December 3, 2011 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
96 points "96 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate January 1998 The 1983 is among the most concentrated wines from this property over the last 20 years, with a staggering display of extract and a mind-boggling amount of glycerin. The vintage commenced early for Yquem, beginning on September 29 and finishing on November 18. Most observers feel the 1983 will mature more slowly than the 1986, and will last for almost 100 years. Given Yquem's unbelievable aging potential, such comments do not seem far fetched. At present, the 1983 is enormous, with huge, honeyed, pineapple, coconut, and caramel flavors, massive extract, and an unctuous quality barely framed by acidity and new oak. I do not feel the wine has changed since bottling, and I would not want to start drinking it for at least another 10-15 years. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2050. Last tasted, 12/90. 98 points, Wine Spectator April 1995 Super-intense and full-throttled, elegant and stylish. Dark amber in color and rich in complexity, this '83 coats your mouth with butterscotch, dried apricot, fig and spice flavors. Made to age for decades. "