Robert Parker 96
A sensational Yquem, 1997 may be this estate’s finest effort since 1990 (although I would not discount the 1996 turning out to be nearly as good). The 1997’s light gold color is accompanied a gorgeous perfume of caramel, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and smoky wood. Full-bodied and unctuously-textured, with good underlying acidity as well as loads of sweetness and glycerin, it looks to be a great vintage for this renowned Sauternes estate. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2055.
Anticipated maturity: 2005-2055
13.9%,120 RS g/l, TA 4.8. Started picking very early on 4 Sep right through to 4 Nov. No rain and the botrytis was very slow. Only morning mist rather than rain, 32 days of picking made for a complex blend. Seven waves of picking. 200 pickers over 32 days to show the right concentration of grapes was a very complex operation. Darkening coppery gold. Some mushrooms on the nose. An element of something almost metallic on the palate. Real grace in terms of structure but the flavour is not quite as pure as I would have expected. Very chewy on the finish, not quite as clean as the others.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030