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Colour: Sweet
Producer: Château d'Yquem
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Sauternes
Grape Variety: Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2016

Tasting Note:

"The 2016 Château d’Yquem was picked over four tries through the vineyard, commencing on 27 September and finishing on 4 November. The crucial pass through the vines took place between 18-22 October when over half of the crop was picked. In fact 75% of the crop was picked during the final two weeks of the harvest. It has 14.2 % alcohol and a residual sugar of 135 g per liter, a pH of 3.80. A classic blend of 75% 25¨% Sauvignon Blanc it has comparatively nuanced bouquet compared to Y'quem that I have encountered at this stage. It opens gradually with light honeyed aromas, white flowers, apple blossom and just a touch of honeysuckle, although it does not possess the bravura personality of the astounding 2015. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous opening, a subtle spice note leaving the mouth tingling. This is a fresh Y'quem, tensile with moderate weight and delivering, perhaps belatedly, fine attack on the finish lined with subtle lemongrass notes. It will be interesting to plot the progress of this Y'quem throughout its barrel maturation. This is an excellent Y'quem, no doubt, though I was missing that nerve, the labyrinthe complexity that can mark a top-tier Y'quem even at this premature stage, I suspect that this will drink earlier than others, but age in a style only it knows."

95-97/100 – Neal Martin, Vinous Media.

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