Château d’Yquem

With an undisputed reputation, Château d’Yquem is the world’s most famous sweet wine. Since 1855 it has stood alone as the only First Growth estate in Sauternes. Renowned for its complexity, d'Yquem is a hedonistic marriage of sweetness and acidity. Its kaleidoscopic array of flavours makes drinking this, at any stage of its evolution, one of life’s greatest pleasures. 

Vintage
 

1990 Ch d'Yquem 1er Cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes

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  • Goedhuis, January 2007

    An extremely sought after vintage, the 1990 was produced in one of the hottest years on record. Though some bottles have been lush, velvety examples, other more recent bottlings have shown that even great wines can get wrinkles around the eyes, the first signs of premature aging. In January 2007, two bottles were tasted, both ex-château stock. Both showed signs of oxidation, though one of them did perform slightly better revealing delicate, floral aromatics, caramelized apples and almonds. Could this be a sign of cork failure, a result from an intense vintage or something else? It is difficult to say, but on a positive note, the second bottle seemed to improve and freshen up with aeration and decanting which suggests that all may not be lost if one falls upon a more oxidized example.

  • Robert Parker, April 1999, Score: 99

    Wine Advocate #122 (Apr 1999) Drink 1999-20501990: 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-bodied power and richness have created a wine of remarkable harmony and purity. Certainly it is one of the richest Yquems I have ever tasted, with 50-100 years of potential longevity. An awesome Yquem! Anticipated maturity: 2003-2050+.

2007 Y d'Yquem Bordeaux New Released 03/02/2023

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  • Neal Martin, February 2012, Score: 98

    Tasted single blind against its peers. Under blind conditions, the Yquem 2007 shines like a diamond. Nevertheless, it is initially rather taciturn on the nose, eventually opening up beautifully with touches of lemon curd, Mirabelle, and clear honey. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine definition and there seems to be a great deal of energy and vigor dispensed for your pleasure. There is such race and nervosity, and then that finish just purrs with harmony and focus. This Yquem feels just so alive and vivacious, yet there is an effortless quality here that is unmatched by its peers. Tasted January 2011.

  • Neal Martin, April 2010, Score: 97

    The Yquem 2007 sports a clear gold hue with youthful green tints. The nose is very pure, understated at first, unfurling with aeration in the glass, offering honey, acacia, Mirabelle and a hint of apple blossom. The palate has a viscous entry, very pure with honey, white peach, fresh pear, lemon and orange zest, a tangible sense of vibrancy and vigour. Not a powerful Yquem, but one of incisive focus and nervosite, very pure botrytis, adorned with an almost tense zesty finish that succinctly counterpoises the residual sugar. This is an outstanding Yquem, surpassed only by the 2001 during this decade. Drink 2012-2050.

  • Neal Martin, April 2008, Score: 96-98

    A sample blend excluding the 7th passage (80% of the blending). The Yquem '07 was cropped at 18hl/ha, reportedly similar to the 1967 in the middle of the harvest and 188 towards the later picking. This has a very concentrated nose although it is less showy at the moment. But there is tremendous power here, touches of marmalade, honey, peach and orange zest. Superb delineation. The palate is striking but its sense of urgency and nervosité, real vibrancy in the mouth even at this early stage. Pure clear honey, a touch of spice, orange cut marmalade and supreme focus on the almost Zen-like finish that will be bolstered with the later tries are added. Lovely touch of quince paste and dried lychee on the finish, which has 130gms/L residual. Superb Yquem, though not in the class of the '01. Drink 2012-2050. Tasted April 2008.

1995 Ch d'Yquem 1er Cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes

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  • Goedhuis, April 2003

    Brilliant golden colour. Subtle notes with hints of fruit tart opens onto honey, dried apricot and almond overtones. Very intense and powerful on the palate with loads of volume. Marmalade and ginger bread flavours evolving into other subtle impressions. A real festival of pleasures! This wine need time to reveal its full potential. Best enjoyed on its own at the end of the meal." Tasting note from Ch d'Yquem, April 2003

  • Neal Martin, June 2014, Score: 95

    Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 1995 Chateau d’Yquem is moving into its secondary aroma phase. A deep golden color, it has a dense and almost Barsac-like bouquet with tangerine, apricot, acacia and melted candle wax. It displays good intensity, unfolding beautifully in the glass. The palate has a strident opening, with a slight bitter edge that lends this Yquem great tension. One can discern layers of marmalade infused with honey fruit, with a powerful, spicy finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is drinking perfectly now, but will surely age with style over many years. Tasted March 2014.

2003 Ch d'Yquem 1er Cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes

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  • Goedhuis, January 2007

    Unusually and no doubt due to the atypical vintage conditions, the grapes for this wine were picked in one go rather than in mulitple "tries". As a result, its complexity comes from the terroir, rather than the individual grapes. 2003 was particularly sucessful at Yquem. Wonderfully rich and dense, this nectar-like wine offers enticing aromatics of quince, pineapple, honey and spice that unfold on a surprisingly balanced palate. Finishes on freshness. Though it could be drunk now, it would benefit from a couple year's cellaring. It is probably not meant for the long haul. Drink 2007 - 2020+.

  • Jancis Robinson, November 2007, Score: 18

    A very atypical wine. Light to mid gold. Light but clean and ripe pear juice nose. Very sweet and already a little bit hot. Some spicy gingerbread quality. Very forward for Yquem.

  • Wine Spectator, December 2006, Score: 98

    Subtle and racy, with lemon rind, vanilla cream and dried pineapple. Very spicy and intense. Full-bodied, with great length and flavor. Electrified yet refined, with medium sweetness and a wonderful finish. I love the class of this, and the length. Has afterburners. Best after 2010. -JS

1989 Ch d'Yquem 1er Cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes

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  • Robert Parker, 1998, Score: 97

    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition (1998) Drink 1995-2045The favorite sweet wine of millionaires, Chateau d'Yquem has, not unexpectedly, turned in a brilliant effort with their newly released 1989. It is a large-scaled, massively rich, unctuously-textured wine that should evolve effortlessly for a half century or more. It does not reveal the compelling finesse and complexity of the 1988 or 1986, but it is a far heavier, richer wine than either of those vintages. It is reminiscent of the 1976, with additional fat and glycerin. The wine is extremely alcoholic and rich, with a huge nose of smoky, honey-covered coconuts and overripe pineapples and apricots. As with most young vintages of Yquem, the wine's structure is barely noticeable. These wines are so highly extracted and rich yet approachable young, it is difficult to believe they will last for 50 or more years. The 1989 is the richest Yquem made in the eighties, and it has an edge in complexity over the powerhouse 1983. It remains to be seen whether this wine will develop the extraordinary aromatic complexity possessed by the promising 1988 and 1986 Yquems. Last tasted 11/97

1998 Ch d'Yquem 1er Cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes New Released 26/01/2023

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  • Robert Parker, October 2003, Score: 95

    The 1998 Chateau Yquem was released several months ago. This estate does not allow tasting from cask (where the wine spends 42 months), and it is not released until five years after the vintage. The 1998 Yquem (95 points) is a great success. Made in an elegant style, it is not a blockbuster such as 1990, 1989, and 1988. It is well-delineated, with wonderfully sweet aromas of creme brulee, pineapples, apricots, and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, it is not as sweet as the biggest/richest Yquem vintages, but it is gorgeously pure, precise, and strikingly complex. Already approachable, it should evolve for 30-50 years ... without a doubt. Drink: 2003-2053.

1998 Ch d'Yquem 1er Cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes

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  • Robert Parker, October 2003, Score: 95

    The 1998 Chateau Yquem was released several months ago. This estate does not allow tasting from cask (where the wine spends 42 months), and it is not released until five years after the vintage. The 1998 Yquem (95 points) is a great success. Made in an elegant style, it is not a blockbuster such as 1990, 1989, and 1988. It is well-delineated, with wonderfully sweet aromas of creme brulee, pineapples, apricots, and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, it is not as sweet as the biggest/richest Yquem vintages, but it is gorgeously pure, precise, and strikingly complex. Already approachable, it should evolve for 30-50 years ... without a doubt. Drink: 2003-2053.

2012 Y d'Yquem Bordeaux

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  • Robert Parker, Score: 91-93

    A dry white wine made from two-thirds Semillon and one-third Sauvignon from the vineyards of Yquem, Ygrec was first introduced in 1959, and around 1,000 cases are produced each year. An exquisite white Bordeaux, while it does possess a high level of residual sugar (8%-9%), 90% of the people who taste it would say it is completely dry because of its high acids and low pH. A brilliant effort, the 2012 was harvested between September 25 and October 25. It should drink well for 8-12 years.

2008 Ch d'Yquem 1er Cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes

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  • Neal Martin, February 2012, Score: 96

    Tasted single blind against its peers. The Yquem 2008 is easy to spot in a blind line-up: it is (to quote Tina Turner) simply the best. It has a subtle, delicate but very pretty bouquet with fine definition and astounding minerality. The palate is beautifully poised, tense and tightly coiled on the entry and then it just explodes in the mouth with pure, unbridled, joyous botrytized fruit struck through with a silver thread of acidity. It displays exemplary tension and freshness, along with great persistency in the mouth. This is an outstanding Sauternes 2008 and another impressive Yquem. Tasted January 2012.

  • Neal Martin, May 2011, Score: 96

    The 2008 Yquem, now in bottle, has a nuanced bouquet, with scents of clear honey, lime flower, vanilla and orange blossom that is beautifully defined. The palate is very harmonious on the entry, with a fine thread of acidity, tense and full of energy like the 2010 tasted alongside, with notes of white peach, citrus lemon, clear honey and a hint of quince. Long and persistent on the finish, this is a very fine Yquem that might be over-looked between the 2007 and 2009, but is a superb Sauternes in its own right. Drink 2014-2050.

  • Neal Martin, April 2009, Score: 95-97

    Coming in with 139 degrees residual sugar and a pH of 4.75, this is an Yquem that is unequivocally top of the pile in 2008. A light straw color with green tints in the glass. The bouquet is just wonderful, very perfumed with aromas of apricot, acacia honey and white flowers. A degree less clarity than the 2007, but perhaps more nuanced, more honeyed. The palate is a little more viscous than the 2007, lacquers the mouth with honey, apricot and orange zest. Very harmonious, the finish vibrant and edgy, real tension and energy in this Yquem. Very focused on the finish – not the “peacocks” tail of flavors that one finds on truly great vintages. But there is a surreal level of elegance and poise – an understated Yquem that should age effortlessly and returning to the glass it graces you with hints of almond and a dash of spice. In 2008, the king is king. P.S. RMP rated this blend of 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon (94-96)

  • Robert Parker

    Coming in with 139 degrees residual sugar and a pH of 4.75, this is an Yquem that is unequivocally top of the pile in 2008. A light straw color with green tints in the glass. The bouquet is just wonderful, very perfumed with aromas of apricot, acacia honey and white flowers. A degree less clarity than the 2007, but perhaps more nuanced, more honeyed. The palate is a little more viscous than the 2007, lacquers the mouth with honey, apricot and orange zest. Very harmonious, the finish vibrant and edgy, real tension and energy in this Yquem. Very focused on the finish – not the “peacocks” tail of flavors that one finds on truly great vintages. But there is a surreal level of elegance and poise – an understated Yquem that should age effortlessly and returning to the glass it graces you with hints of almond and a dash of spice. In 2008, the king is king.

  • Robert Parker

    Coming in with 139 degrees residual sugar and a pH of 4.75, this is an Yquem that is unequivocally top of the pile in 2008. A light straw color with green tints in the glass. The bouquet is just wonderful, very perfumed with aromas of apricot, acacia honey and white flowers. A degree less clarity than the 2007, but perhaps more nuanced, more honeyed. The palate is a little more viscous than the 2007, lacquers the mouth with honey, apricot and orange zest. Very harmonious, the finish vibrant and edgy, real tension and energy in this Yquem. Very focused on the finish – not the “peacocks” tail of flavors that one finds on truly great vintages. But there is a surreal level of elegance and poise – an understated Yquem that should age effortlessly and returning to the glass it graces you with hints of almond and a dash of spice. In 2008, the king is king.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2009, Score: 95-97

    Coming in with 139 degrees residual sugar and a pH of 4.75, this is an Yquem that is unequivocally top of the pile in 2008. A light straw color with green tints in the glass. The bouquet is just wonderful, very perfumed with aromas of apricot, acacia honey and white flowers. A degree less clarity than the 2007, but perhaps more nuanced, more honeyed. The palate is a little more viscous than the 2007, lacquers the mouth with honey, apricot and orange zest. Very harmonious, the finish vibrant and edgy, real tension and energy in this Yquem. Very focused on the finish - not the "peacocks" tail of flavors that one finds on truly great vintages. But there is a surreal level of elegance and poise - an understated Yquem that should age effortlessly and returning to the glass it graces you with hints of almond and a dash of spice. In 2008, the king is king. P.S. RMP rated this blend of 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon (94-96)

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2009, Score: 18

    Quiet on the nose. More spiced pear and apricot than orange. Lovely concentration. Spiced power, depth and quite warm on the finish. Fresh in a powerful rather than a delicate way. Dense and long. Rich and well integrated oak though there's lots of spice all the way through. A less delicate style than many in this vintage. (JH)

1997 Ch d'Yquem 1er Cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes

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  • Goedhuis, January 2007

    The grapes in 1997 were picked 6-7 times which, to Pierre Lurton, has added a synergy to the wine. As a result, its complexity comes from the grapes as well as its terroir. Medium gold in colour, the 1997 sparkled in the glass exuding aromatics of orange peel, dried peach and apple, and freshly cut straw. Not as unctuous as the 2003 nor as profound as the 2001, the 1997 is nonetheless a fantastic Yquem that has excellent freshness and length. It finishes notably light but remarkably penetrating. Lovely.

  • Robert Parker, April 2003, Score: 96

    A sensational Yquem, 1997 may be this estate's finest effort since 1990 (although I would not discount the 1996 turning out to be nearly as good). The 1997's light gold color is accompanied a gorgeous perfume of caramel, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and smoky wood. Full-bodied and unctuously-textured, with good underlying acidity as well as loads of sweetness and glycerin, it looks to be a great vintage for this renowned Sauternes estate. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2055.

  • Jancis Robinson, June 2008, Score: 18

    Pungent, rich and very fine. Exciting. Great stuff. Long and rich.

2009 Ch d'Yquem 1er Cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes

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  • Goedhuis, April 2010, Score: 97-99

    An incredible Yquem that offers layer-upon-layer of sheer deliciousness - honeysuckle, apricot, lemon verbena and golden plum. Its incredible fine-tuned minerality and lift shows off its laser beam-like finesse, linearity and weightless, while its intense yet silky finish carries on. Just seamless.

  • Neal Martin, April 2010, Score: 96-98

    The 2009 Yquem has an almost ethereal nose, beautifully defined with scents of honey, honeysuckle, pear, fresh apricot and a hint of quince. It blossoms in the glass, gaining intensity and expanding across the ether. The immediate impression is not of a powerful, rich, botrytis-laden Yquem, but one that has semblances with the 2007 in terms of poise and precision, the acidity defining the wine in its youth and around that, subtle notes of honey, fig, pear, apricot and just a hint of ginger adding vibrancy and edginess towards the pure and tensile finish. As expected, there is extraordinary persistency, lingering in the mouth long after the wine has disappeared, yet it will remain long in the memory.

  • Decanter, April 2010, Score: 19.5

    Perfection again, with the monumental body and flavour of the vintage: but a magical winemaking touch avoids any heaviness and gives a crystalline Riesling-like purity of taste and texture which is thrilling! For me the most formally perfect Sauternes of the vintage and a glorious affirmation of the property's new style: as rich as ever but with more flexibility to express the best and most original aspects of the vintage.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2010, Score: 19+

    Lively greenish gold. Very indulgent nose that sends a tingle down the spine. Great tang and life as well as richness. So pure and flirtatious - not one of the sweetest but beautiful balance and refreshment, without being an 'aperitif style Sauternes'. Quite exceptionally persistent. Hints of blossom and real lift. Orange peel and real zest - great energy. Not heavy at all, This takes 2009 Sauternes to a new level. Extremely bright fruit. Long and rich. Not a fat style of Yquem.

  • Wine Spectator, April 2010, Score: 97-100

    What a fabulous wine. It's an explosion of fruit, yet it's very refined. I absolutely love the nose on this, with apricot tart, apple crumble, caramel and crème brûlée. Full-bodied, superripe and spicy, with mango, papaya, spices and sweet dried lemons. Incredibly long. It really rocks your socks off. Amazing. This could be even better than 2001.

2013 Ch d'Yquem 1er Cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes

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  • Goedhuis, Septmeber 2015, Score: 98

    Unquestionably the sweet wine of the vintage, for the delicious sauternes in 2013. This is everything one expects from the appellation’s greatest estate. Beautifully plump, generous and gracious, this has an amazing volume of fruit with its silky honeyed sweetness, that is always such a characteristic of this extraordinary estate’s wine. Bright pure flavours of apricots and oranges, thishas a beautifully viscous feel, without excess. The soft crisp acidity provides for real life and style on the finish. Delicious length and huge class.

  • Goedhuis, April 2014, Score: 96-98

    For many tasters this was the wine of the vintage. Beautifully plump, generous and gracious, this has an amazing volume of fruit with its silky honeyed sweetness. With bright pure flavours of apricots and oranges, this has a beautifully viscous feel, without excess. The soft crisp acidity provides for real life and style on the finish. Delicious length.

  • Neal Martin, April 2014, Score: 95-97

    Firstly, you notice the color, which is a touch deeper than recent vintages at this stage. The bouquet is quite honeyed and rich for Yquem at this early juncture, with subtle scents of peach skin, white flowers, and a puff of chalk and frangipane. The palate is viscous on the entry, all about the texture at first, coating the mouth with luscious botrytized fruit. There are touches of Seville orange marmalade, fresh apricot, a hint of spice and passion fruit. This is imbued with impressive depth and weight, perhaps an Yquem that is determined to make an impression after last year-s absence. It might not possess the finesse of a top flight Yquem, but it has immense power and persistency.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2014, Score: 18.5+

    Cool weather followed by hot weather and then muggy weather = perfect botrytis. Yquem has the benefit of maturing on the vine fairly early so they managed to get the grapes harvested in between each downpour and before the rain set in for good. This is a very typical botrytised style of Yquem but there is also very strident acidity on board thanks to the high acid and percentage of Sauvignon of it has incredible lime juice freshness and lift. While not as classic as ’09, ’10 or ’11 this is still a lovely wine with a very long future ahead of it. They declassified 60% of the harvest and only made 80000 bottles. This is a very good, but not exceptional Yquem with green pineapple, wild flower and barely sugar notes all infused into a lime chassis. This is certainly one of the wines of the vintage.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2014, Score: 19+

    Pale gold – not as lustrous, perhaps, as you’d expect. Really intense nose – no shortcomings apparent here, the flavours are pure and complex and compelling. Marmalade, lime juice, treacle tart and a savoury note too – mushroom, mint, menthol. Beautiful elegance on the palate – wonderful sweetness with precise acidity. (RH)

  • Tim Atkin, May 2014, Score: 96

    The leading Sauternes in 2013 (as it should be, given its price tag) and one of the best Yquems since 2001, partly justifying the claims by producers and négociants for the sweet wine vintage. Aromatic and pure, with botrytis-derived notes of peach, marmalade and apricot, vanilla oak and a long, harmonious finish, with 30% Sauvignon adding freshness. 2016-35

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