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

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

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    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.

    Maturity:
    Keep/Drink
    ABV:
    14%
    97/100
    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
    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.
    Date Reviewed:
    03/2023
    97/100
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    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.
    Date Reviewed:
    06/2023

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    country:
    France
    region:
    Bordeaux
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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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