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Auction: Fine Wines
was auctioned on: 11 May 2010
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Château d'Yquem--Vintage 1989

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Estimate: CHF3,400 - CHF3,800
ca. US$3,012 - US$3,367
Price realised:  CHF5,175
ca. US$4,585
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Château d'Yquem--Vintage 1989
12 bottles per lot
Château d'Yquem--Vintage 1989 Sauternes, 1er grand cru classé Tasting note: 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. It remains to be seen whether this wine will develop the extraordinary aromatic complexity possessed by the promising 1988 and 1986 Yquems. 97 points. Robert Parker Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition # B1 (Jan 1998) 12 bottles per lot

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Fine Wines
Date of the auction: 11 May 2010
Address: Christie's
11 May 2010, Geneva