Château d'Yquem Sauternes
117 Ratings
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117 Ratings
Château d'Yquem Sauternes

Wine Details

Region

FranceBordeaux

Wine Description

(From 2008 Vintage) There is a lovely purity to the fruit and clear botrytis concentration, if less than in the great years. Has all the hallmarks of a fine, elegant Yquem. A very polished, well-presented sample.

Winemaker's Notes

A moderate golden hue. The nose is closed at first, very muted as it was before. But the palate is where it is all going on: honey, white peach, excellent levels of botrytis with a touch of barley sugar and spice towards the finish. Very long, blossoming in the glass with the reluctant nose eventually offering some lovely coconut and almond aromas.

Region

BordeauxFrance

A moderate golden hue. The nose is closed at first, very muted as it was before. But the palate is where it is all going on: honey, white peach, excellent levels of botrytis with a touch of barley sugar and spice towards the finish. Very long, blossoming in the glass with the reluctant nose eventually offering some lovely coconut and almond aromas.

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    WA95 Drink 2012-2060 Compared with the flamboyant aromatics of the 1997, Yquem's 1996 plays it closer to the vest, although there is a lot going on. Light gold with a tight but promising nose of roasted hazelnuts intermixed with creme brulee, vanilla beans, honey, orange marmalade, and peaches, this medium to full-bodied offering reveals loads of power in its restrained, measured personality. There is admirable acidity, weight, texture, and purity in this impeccably made Yquem. However, patience will be a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2060. Note: Yquem spends 42 months in 100% new oak. No cask tasting is permitted, and the wine is not released until 5 years after the vintage. For example, the 1998 will be released some time in 2003; the 2001 will not be released until 2006.

    over 3 years
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    wonderful alluring nose leading to a nice balanced entry filled with peaches and caramel. subtle and constantly inviting you to discover the various flavors. very good with both cheddar and stilton. what a sweet 16 (year old). wine continued to open up on day 2 giving even stronger and more complexity flavours. not subtle anymore.

    over 3 years
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    drank with langue de chat biscuits in 2010 lovely

    over 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2005 Vintage) Rating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/30/06
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 01/01/2010
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 06/21/2014
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2003 Vintage) "Intense aromas of pineapple, honey, vanilla and apple pie. Full-bodied, with rich fruit that gives a cream, pineapple and honey character, yet the wine is compacted and reserved. Long and lively. This has more of a kick at the end compared with the 2001, but the 2001 has the edge still with its racy acidity. Who knows? Could be another 100-pointer; could even be better than the 2001. Score range: 95-100 - JS" The Wine Spectator Also scored 94-96 Points Robert Parker - no tasting note given
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/31/2006