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

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



    Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2007

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2007

    Remarkable depth of colour for an unfinished wine, deep gold. Impressive aromatic structure, dominated by opulent grapefruit, peach and pear, with Seville orange peel, lemon and red apple, all complemented by an array of secondary characters: tobacco leaf, white flowers, powdery rock salt. Great concentration and endless layers of flavour on the palate, intense and very ripe: white peach, apricot, bitter orange, lemon, pepper; lively acidity and supreme, haunting length. Because of the uneven ripening that caused such trouble with the reds across Bordeaux, no less than seven passes were made through the Yquem vineyards in 2007, between September 10th and November 5th, to ensure that each berry was picked at full ripeness, and to allow maximum botrytis development. This vintage ranks among the best ever at Yquem, with higher alcohol (14% abv) sugar and acidity than both the 1997 and the 2001.

    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    Silky rich depths, clear even on the nose, but tingling mineral limon and citrus flavours, white pepper, basil, apricot. 138g/l residual sugar, 10hl/h yield. A higher percentage of Sauvignon Blanc than in a typical year, showing in sculpted gunsmoke and white truffle on the opening beats. Organic conversion began in August 2019, with certification expected 2022. Winemaker Sandrine Garbay.
    Date Reviewed:
    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
    Pale lemon-gold in color, the 2019 Château d’Yquem springs forth with confident, alluring scents of lime blossoms, mandarin peel, and candied lemon slices over a core of fresh pineapple, white peaches, and crushed stones, plus a hint of shaved ginger. The palate absolutely pops with vibrant citrus flavors accented by tropical fruits and peachy nuances, supported by an achingly velvety texture and seamless freshness, finishing with long-lasting mineral and floral fireworks. An irresistible fat-cheeked baby with that Mona Lisa smile at the moment, give it 6-8 years in the cellar to begin to reveal its opulent personality, and then drink it over the next 30-35 years+. The blend is 55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc with 138 g/L of residual sugar and a pH of 3.9. The alcohol weighs in at 14.4.
    Date Reviewed:
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2019 Yquem has a flirtatious bouquet with yellow plum, honeysuckle and jasmine developing with time. Fine purity, though not showstopping complexity. The palate is smooth and pure. Very nicely integrated oak, creamy, touches of vanilla and crème brûlée towards the finish. This is a quite gorgeous Yquem, though I am certain that given more time to open it would have merited a higher score. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting.
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    Château d'Yquem

    Château d'Yquem

    Chateau Yquem is without doubt the grandest and best known of all the great Sauternes estates. In fact, it is widely regarded as one of if not the most exclusive dessert wines produced anywhere in the world. When classified in 1855, Yquem was granted the exclusive and unique title of Premier Cru Supérieur.

    The list of past owners reads like a who’s who: King Louis VII and King Henry II were just two of the illustrious previous owners. In more recent times (1785), the estate became the property of the Lur-Saluces family. After a 219 year family association with the Chateau, Alexandre Lur-Saluces stood down in 2004. Now the property is under the ownership of luxury goods brand LVMH and the stewardship of Pierre Lurton and winemaker Lorenzo Pasquini.

    In all, they have 100 hectares of vines, planted with 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. Pickers are required to undertake numerous tries, depending on the vintage and the spread of botrytis. Fermentation takes place in oak and there is liberal aging in barrel. The Grand Vin is one of life’s treasures. It is a wine of unerring purity, complexity, finesse and power. It is the wine that all other Sauternes estates aspire to be. For sweet wine lovers, it is quite simply Sauternes nirvana.

    There is also a very successful dry wine called ‘Y’ (Ygrec). This is produced from Sauvignon Blanc, harvested before botrytis affects the vineyards.

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