The favorite sweet wine of millionaires, Chateau d'Yquem has, not unexpectedly, turned in a brilliant effort with their newly released 1989. It is a large-scaled, massively rich, unctuously-textured wine that should evolve effortlessly for a half century or more. It does not reveal the compelling finesse and complexity of the 1988 or 1986, but it is a far heavier, richer wine than either of those vintages. It is reminiscent of the 1976, with additional fat and glycerin. The wine is extremely alcoholic and rich, with a huge nose of smoky, honey-covered coconuts and overripe pineapples and apricots. As with most young vintages of Yquem, the wine's structure is barely noticeable. These wines are so highly extracted and rich yet approachable young, it is difficult to believe they will last for 50 or more years. The 1989 is the richest Yquem made in the eighties, and it has an edge in complexity over the powerhouse 1983. Robert Parker
Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop
Half bottle. Showing beautifully
Half bottle. Showing beautifully9.4
Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu
In a super stage right now balancing refinement and power.
In a super stage right now balancing refinement and power.9.7
Wine Educator Meadowood Napa Valley
Great vintage in a great place now.
Great vintage in a great place now.9.7
Marketing Director Nashville Wine Auction
It's like perfection in a glass
It's like perfection in a glass10