"Stunning!" -
1989 Château d'Yquem Half-Bottles

Posted by Ian McFadden

Yquem is without peer. It's as simple as that.

Today, I'm happy to offer 1989, one of the epic examples of the wine.

The 1989 is known both for the soaring, grand scale that it works on and the lifted elegance and sculpted detail that it possesses. It's the sort of combination that only a great terroir can deliver.

Yquem was the sole Sauternes classified as a Great First Growth in the original classification of 1855. It remains the sole Premier Cru Supérieur in Sauternes. Curnonsky, the famous 20th century Parisian "Prince of Gastronomes" included Yquem, along with Montrachet, among "the five great white wines of France.”

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. There are dried fruits, flowers, spice and an elusive nuttiness that ranges from marzipan to hazelnuts.

The 1989 has a saturating noble complexity that possesses serious persistence. It finishes with lots of volume and vibrancy. The Wine Advocate's Neal Martin calls it: "an extraordinarily long finish. Stunning!"

We don't have the opportunity to offer old Yquem very often. I always look out for parcels. The lifespan is as shocking as the wine itself. There's an abundance of stories of Yquems that have seen their 100th birthday.

To order, please email us at

offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits