1996 Château d'Yquem

Posted by Ian McFadden

Along with 1997 and 1990, the 1996 Yquem forms a holy trinity of 90s vintages.

In short, the 1996 Yquem is absolutely stunning and structured for the long haul. 

photo of label of Yquem

Whereas 1990 and 1997 are rich and enveloping vintages, the 1996 is about electrifying finesse, nervy detail, and grand architecture. 

In any vintage, Yquem delivers an aristocratic, dizzying complexity. It's jam-packed with nuance and an almost overwhelming impact. The breadth and depth of Yquem is insane.

What makes the 1996 a standout is the elegant thread of acidity that gracefully cuts through the richness and density. It gives the wine an energizing lift and really casts all the elements in dynamic relief.

The life span is as shocking as the wine itself. There’s an abundance of stories of Yquems that have seen their 100th birthday. With each passing year, finding old Yquem gets increasingly difficult. I purchase the 1996 at every opportunity. This is something that you do not want to miss out on.

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Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Pre-arrival - Limited Quantities

1996 Chateau d'Yquem

750 ml