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
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.
Jancis Robinson, April 2006, Score: 20
Yield of 12 hl/ha - almost record high levels! Quite deep gold. Wonderfully deep nose - never smelt anything as intense and glorious as this! Extraordinary!!! Deep yet lively. Exciting depth of pear juice and zest - tangerine peel too. Great astringency. 2001 was more concentrated. This is more transparent. Lovely dancing stuff, but already in the super-nuanced Yquem idiom. Lighter than some vintages but with great lacy complexity. Wonderful green, lively notes and some real explosiveness - 13.5 per cent. Energy drink! Coiled like a taut spring. Drink 2015-50.
Wine Spectator, April 2006, Score: 95-100
Floral, lemon, apple and cream with dried pineapple and apricot. Full-bodied, but very focused and refined. It starts slowly and then, wham! It goes on and on. Spicy, dried fruits and spices. Full-bodied, medium-sweet. So long and exciting. Incredible. It is very close to 2001. We will see
Jancis Robinson, March 2006, Score: 18
Young Sauternes often reminds me of pear juice and this wine, tasted from a half bottle just couriered from Bordeaux, was like nothing more than the healthiest, cleanest pear juice. Pale gold with a slightly greener tinge than most young Yquem. Very fresh, long and deep-flavoured this wine has that ingredient X that Yquem always seems to manage, but this is certainly not one of the sweetest or most intense Yquems. It is certainly greater than any other 2002 sweet white bordeaux I remember tasting, with the strongly possible exception of Climens, but is almost spookily open for a recently-bottled Yquem. There´s the merest hint of astringency on the finish still but this wine could be enjoyed in its relatively simple youth.
Goedhuis, January 2007
The 2001 Yquem was a delight to taste. Neither heavy nor overly rich, it was the perfect symphonic blend of notes that offered clean, crisp flavours of delicate flowers, sugared almonds, cinnamon and yellow plums. It is superbly pure and mineral with excellent freshness and pronounced elegance. Enchanting as it may be, it will need several more years of cellaring before it will truly blossom. Drink 2013 - 2040+.
Robert Parker, September 2005, Score: 100
"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." 100 points Robert Parker
James Suckling, September 2005, Score: 100
Here is my tasting note: This is the greatest young Yquem I have ever tasted from bottle. Yellow color with a golden hue and an almost green tint. It shows intense aromas of botrytis with spices and blanched almonds that follow through to honey, maple syrup, dried apricots and pineapples. Full-bodied and very sweet, it is thick and powerful with layers of fruit and a bright finish. It coats your palate, yet remains lively and exciting. It is wonderfully balanced and refined, showing the class and pedigree that only this Sauternes estate can deliver. The winemakers at Yquem says it's their greatest modern wine ever. They have not exaggerated. This is best to drink after 2012.
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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