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1997 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Blend

France Bordeaux Sauternes

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Professional Reviews

96 points Geoffrey Binder, JJ Buckley 3/2012
0 points Jancis Robinson 6/2008
96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 4/2003
95 points Wine Spectator 10/2002

Member Reviews

Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Blend 1997
Awesome Every Time
Holley J.
Holley J.

Rated  on Jun 03, 2008

And again this wine dominates, in the glass the wine is a striking golden colour with tints of green. After some period of decanting the nose comes forward in spades pouring forth honey and almonds, with cream and pineapples in support.

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Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Blend 1997
Ryan B.
Ryan B.

Rated  on Aug 21, 2007

The color of this wine is a light golden color. It has a very nice aroma of honeysuckle, apricot, peach and smoky wood. This full bodied wine is sweet and very nice.


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Network Reviews

Needs Time
Score: 93 points
Drink by: 21 to 30 years
Somewhat reminiscent the `97 Climens, but more clenched, the `97 Yquem has high acidity that carries through to the finish. The wine is very tight and beyond some smoky/cotton candy oak, it is not giving much. This will probably not show its best for at least another decade.
Posted by d.wilson on August 5, 2007
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Score: 93 points
Drink by: More than 50 years
How is Yquem`s 1997 faring? On my first tasting in 2003, I noted the chateau`s
distinctive crême brûlée, strong vanilla notes, and pronounced nose of dried
apricots. This lacks the subtlety of the 1988-1990 run, but is certainly one of the
better post 1990 Yquem releases. In 2004, drinking a 375ml, I noted lilly on the
nose: perhaps a gain in complexity, perhaps missed in 2003, perhaps a result of
the smaller format (in 2003 I tasted from a 750ml). Nice long finish, balance, a firm,
lean structure. Given the exhorbitant (even by Yquem standards) prices on post
1999 Yquem, the 1997 is a stand out from the decade in terms of value. Moreover,
1997-1999 makes for a very nice run. ***(**). A lot of growing up to do; a lot of life in
this one. 2015-2050+
Posted by magnusdonners on February 11, 2005
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