At perfect peak, the 1990 Chateau d’Yquem Sur-Saluces Sauternes, with 13% alcohol, costing nearly $65 then, scored 19 points on the Dionysian 20-point scale.
The wine was still young at 28 years old and will go another 45 years.
Filled with honey and apricot aromas, and a long sweet creme brûlée taste, the wine fills the mouth with sweetness and then all the sugars fade leaving fruit and complexity. Nothing cloying here. I have one 1961 remaining and will try it soon. All Sauternes is enjoyable; d’Yquem is the masterpiece. In Vino Veritas.