d'Yquem 1990 5L

d'Yquem 1990 5L

Region: Sauternes, France

Blend:  Sémillon, Sauvignon



d'Yquem 1990 is a wine that embodies the essence of an extraordinary vintage. Its color is a resplendent golden hue that captures the eye with its brilliance. The nose is a symphony of aromas, where the rich scent of honeyed apricots gracefully mingles with hints of tropical fruits, candied citrus, and delicate floral notes. This aromatic profile invites anticipation for what lies ahead. On the palate, this wine is a revelation, with a lush and velvety texture that envelops the senses. The taste is a harmonious blend of luscious honeyed sweetness, balanced by a vibrant acidity that lends freshness and structure. As the journey continues, the finish is an enduring testament to its elegance, leaving behind a lingering impression of unparalleled grace and opulence. d'Yquem 1990 is a wine that transcends time, a masterpiece that speaks to the heart of Sauternes and the artistry of its terroir, reflecting a vintage of exceptional balance, power, and finesse.

Robert Parker - 98 Points

"A warm to hot vintage ideal for producing outstanding reds does not necessarily make for a great Sauternes vintage, but in the case of 1990 it did. Dry, warm winds in the autumn contributed to the level of concentration that this wine exhibits. Fortunately, a little rain in late September and early October ensured that botrytis flourished well in the end, the final factor necessary to achieve this extraordinary expression.

Medium to deep golden colored, the 1990 d'Yquem opens with unabashed opulence, giving expressive notes of dried apricots, toffee, candied walnut, tree bark and sandalwood with nuances of preserved mandarin peel, lemongrass and fallen leaves. The palate is entering that stage where it still has bags of fruit and yet appears quite dry, with a lively line contributing jaw-dropping tension and finishing with epically long-lingering honey nut and earth-inspired notes. Pure. Hedonism. The multilayered intensity perhaps makes this appear a much bigger, sweeter Yquem than it is, and yet it possesses a relatively modest 12.7% alcohol and 126 grams per liter of residual sugar with 3.9 grams per liter of total acidity (H2SO4). Well into its ideal drinking window, there is no real rush to drink this beauty, as it should remain suspended at the heavenly plateau for another 25+ years."

Antonio Galloni - 94+ Points

"Full-blown aromas of caramel, toffee, honey, white chocolate and damp earth; slightly Tokaj-like. Hugely concentrated and layered in the mouth; extraordinary sweetness cut by harmonious acidity. As with the best vintages of Yquem, the finish goes on for a minute or more. Stains, and stuns, the palate. A huge wine, surprisingly extravagant on the nose (earlier bottles have been far more restrained) but completely unevolved and a bit musclebound on the palate. May ultimately merit a higher score."