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
 

2001 Ch d'Yquem 1er Cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes New Released 13/06/2024

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  • 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.

2020 Ch d'Yquem 1er cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes

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  • Goedhuis, March 2023

    A gently ripe nose, full of decadent sun kissed lemon curd, apricot blossom, orange zest and pure quince jelly, it's richly luscious and oh-so inviting. On the palate, it's soft and honeyed at the start, with a full and hugely rich mouthfeel. The flavours follow the nose with more orange blossom notes and lifted aromatics. It's all balanced with high levels of acidity, and an almost mouth coating grip. It finishes with a gentle toasted honeycomb and cinnamon spice notes. Warm and long on the finish, this is an intense and delicious Yquem.

  • Neal Martin, Junw 2023, Score: 97

    The 2020 Yquem, a blend of 75% Semillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc, cropped at a measly 10hl/ha, has a very sensual bouquet. It’s pretty mercurial as it unfolds in the glass, with scents of freshly sliced white peaches, almonds and pineapple. The oak is beautifully integrated, and allowing it further time, there are additional scents of Vervain tea, pressed white flowers and saffron. The palate makes an immediate impact with a mineral-rich, surprisingly saline entry that lends it edginess right from the off. The poise in this Yquem rivets you to the spot. Compared to recent vintages, this keeps everything buttoned down and tightly controlled until the finish, whereupon it fans out with nascent swagger. Stem ginger, caramelized pear and orange rind notes are delivered with excellent delineation. This animated and opulent Yquem is destined to age gracefully over the coming decades. Drink 2040-2100.

  • LPB, March 2023, Score: 97+

    The 2020 Château d'Yquem a blend of 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc. It has 135 grams per liter of residual sugar and a pH of 3.79. Pale lemon-gold colored, citrus and baking spice notes emerge slowly from the glass, rising to offer well-defined scents of candied ginger, orange blossoms, allspice, and almond tart, leading to a flamboyant core of peach cobbler, ripe, juicy pineapple, jasmine tea, and apple butter with a waft of saffron. The palate is full-bodied and characteristically rich, yet possesses impressive tension and therefore stunning harmony. Layers of exotic spices and fragrant white flower accents fill the palate, leading to a long finish with lingering chalk and mineral nuances. It’s a showy Yquem that is gregarious in youth but is reserving that extra something for those with the patience to wait twenty years or more.

2020 Ch d'Yquem 1er cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes

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  • Goedhuis, March 2023

    A gently ripe nose, full of decadent sun kissed lemon curd, apricot blossom, orange zest and pure quince jelly, it's richly luscious and oh-so inviting. On the palate, it's soft and honeyed at the start, with a full and hugely rich mouthfeel. The flavours follow the nose with more orange blossom notes and lifted aromatics. It's all balanced with high levels of acidity, and an almost mouth coating grip. It finishes with a gentle toasted honeycomb and cinnamon spice notes. Warm and long on the finish, this is an intense and delicious Yquem.

  • Neal Martin, Junw 2023, Score: 97

    The 2020 Yquem, a blend of 75% Semillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc, cropped at a measly 10hl/ha, has a very sensual bouquet. It’s pretty mercurial as it unfolds in the glass, with scents of freshly sliced white peaches, almonds and pineapple. The oak is beautifully integrated, and allowing it further time, there are additional scents of Vervain tea, pressed white flowers and saffron. The palate makes an immediate impact with a mineral-rich, surprisingly saline entry that lends it edginess right from the off. The poise in this Yquem rivets you to the spot. Compared to recent vintages, this keeps everything buttoned down and tightly controlled until the finish, whereupon it fans out with nascent swagger. Stem ginger, caramelized pear and orange rind notes are delivered with excellent delineation. This animated and opulent Yquem is destined to age gracefully over the coming decades. Drink 2040-2100.

  • LPB, March 2023, Score: 97+

    The 2020 Château d'Yquem a blend of 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc. It has 135 grams per liter of residual sugar and a pH of 3.79. Pale lemon-gold colored, citrus and baking spice notes emerge slowly from the glass, rising to offer well-defined scents of candied ginger, orange blossoms, allspice, and almond tart, leading to a flamboyant core of peach cobbler, ripe, juicy pineapple, jasmine tea, and apple butter with a waft of saffron. The palate is full-bodied and characteristically rich, yet possesses impressive tension and therefore stunning harmony. Layers of exotic spices and fragrant white flower accents fill the palate, leading to a long finish with lingering chalk and mineral nuances. It’s a showy Yquem that is gregarious in youth but is reserving that extra something for those with the patience to wait twenty years or more.

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.

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