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

(From 1955 Vintage) Nestled in the southeasy of Bordeaux, Château d’Yquem is the world’s most sought after dessert wine – the benchmark by which all other dessert wines are judged.

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    WA100 Drink 2010-2100 There are 10,000 cases of this perfect sweet white Bordeaux. The 2001 Yquem reveals a hint of green in its light gold color. While somewhat reticent aromatically, with airing, it offers up honeyed tropical fruit, orange marmalade, pineapple, sweet creme brulee, and buttered nut-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied with gorgeously refreshing acidity as well as massive concentration and unctuosity. Everything is uplifted and given laser-like focus by refreshing acidity. This large-scaled, youthful Yquem appears set to take its place among the most legendary vintages of the past, and will age effortlessly for 75+ years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2100+.

    almost 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1959 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/15/99
  • Decanter
    (From 1982 Vintage) Rating: 0/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Medium gold; reserved nose, slightly petrolly; quite rich, plump, spicy, reasonable concentrated, fine acidity, lemon drops, not as structured as most Yquems; very good length, slightly tarry finish.
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1982 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/15/99.
  • Robert Parker
    (From 1990 Vintage) "1990: An extraordinary effort, Yquem's 1990 is a rich and fabulously superb, sweet wine. This wine also possesses lots of elegance and finesse. The wine's medium gold color is accompanied by an exceptionally sweet nose of honeyed tropical fruits, peaches, coconut, and apricots. High quality, subtle toasty oak is well-integrated. The wine is massive on the palate, with layers of intensely ripe botrytis-tinged, exceptionally sweet fruit. Surprisingly well-integrated acidity, and a seamless, full-b...
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1990 Vintage)