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Chateau d'Yquem 1988: A Grand Classic of Sauternes
The only property classified as a Superior First Classified Growth of 1855, Chateau d'Yquem is a legend in Sauternes and in Bordeaux. It is also one of the most famous and prestigious wines in the world. Its history is made up of twists and turns with moments of glory along with difficult times. Even with its glorious reputation, Chateau d'Yquem continues to promote modernity, authenticity and know-how so that the quality of each of its wines lives up to its name.
The Sauternes estate only produces in the best years to give quality vintages, but 1988 still stands out for its unusual weather. The spring was hot and humid with late flowering. Despite the mild weather from July, the flowering never caught up to its blooming forecast. The harvest began in mid-October, and the ideal late-season weather made it possible not to rush picking and this allowed the berries to be picked at the perfect stage of botrytis.
In the end, the Chateau d'Yquem 1988 took 6 passages through the vineyard until the end of November. The result is a grand Sauternes with all its expected fullness. It has aromas of citrus marmalade, honey, white chocolate and yellow stone fruit. It can be consumed up until 2050 or even later.