d'Yquem 1996

Product Details

Vintage
1996
Colour
White
Appellation
Sauternes

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Tasting Notes and Scores

Wine Advocate
95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 23/04/2003
Compared with the flamboyant aromatics of the 1997, Yquem''s 1996 plays it closer to the vest, although there is a lot going on. Light gold with a tight but promising nose of roasted hazelnuts intermixed with creme brulee, vanilla beans, honey, orange marmalade, and peaches, this medium to full-bodied offering reveals loads of power in its restrained, measured personality. There is admirable acidity, weight, texture, and purity in this impeccably made Yquem. However, patience will be a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2060.

Note: Yquem spends 42 months in 100% new oak. No cask tasting is permitted, and the wine is not released until 5 years after the vintage. For example, the 1998 will be released some time in 2003; the 2001 will not be released until 2006.

Compared with the rather flamboyant aromatics of the 1997, Yquem's 1996 plays it closer to the vest, although there is a lot below the surface; its just needs more coaxing. Light gold with a tight but promising nose of roasted hazelnuts intermixed with creme brulee, vanilla beans, honey, orange marmalade, and peach, this medium to full bodied Yquem has loads of power but a sense of restraint and a more measured style. The acidity also seems to be holding the wine close to the vest. The weight is there, the texture impressive, and the purity, as always, impeccable. Patience will probably be a virtue with this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2060. (95+)

Neal Martin
96

This performed brilliantly at the vertical, even outclassing the lauded 1997! A moderate golden hue. The nose is closed at first, very muted as it was before. But the palate is where it is all going on: honey, white peach, excellent levels of botrytis with a touch of barley sugar and spice towards the finish. Very long, blossoming in the glass with the reluctant nose eventually offering some lovely coconut and almond aromas. This could be a really great Yquem in another couple of decades. Patience is needed. Drink 2025-2050. Tasted March 2008.
-Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

Jancis Robinson
18.5

Served at The Clove Club's Bordeaux lunch with roast foie gras, loquat, hazelnut and amaranth - a particularly successful combination. Deep orangey gold. Masses of botrytis exhibited on the rich nose full of pungent lanolin. The finish was fresh and clean and the sweetness, if on a scale of 1 to 10, would be about 7. Lots of weight and presence - really very majestic. No hurry whatsoever to drink this.