Chateau Yquem

Chateau dYquem
Chateau d'Yquem is one of the most extraordinary, unique and amazing wines in the world. It is without doubt the worlds greatest sweet wine.

In terms of purity of style and richness, Château d’Yquem out-classes all others in its class. The major contributing factor to the wine’s complexity is the unique set of climatic and geological conditions that combine to form a rare microclimate.

Only 100 hectares are used for each vintage across a variety of the Sauternes terroir. The grapes are harvested by hand, the grapes are picked individually in six tries to ensure that each grape is picked only when fully botrytised. The Château’s selection process is notoriously severe with only one glass of wine produced per vine. On occasion, the wines are not considered worthy of Château d’Yquem and the vintage will be omitted, as was the case in 1951, 1952, 1964, 1972, 1974 and 1992.

Château d’Yquem’s have produced a dry white wine since 1959 - Ygrec (French for ‘Y’).

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Chateau Yquem, 2005

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe (in Yquem Case)

*** 97 Points - e robert Parker ***


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the 2005 Chateau d’Yquem delivers a similar performance as last year. Lucid in colour, the bouquet is detailed with very pure honey, vanilla and almond scents, still a little new oak to be fully assimilated but demonstrating superb focus. The palate is virtually identical to last year's bottle: exquisite balance and perfectly judged acidity, but perhaps just gaining a little richness and viscosity over the last 12 months. There is an appealing completeness to this Yquem and whilst I would not place it amongst the likes of 2001 or 2009, it comfortably sits just behind.
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Chateau Yquem, 2004

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe (in Yquem Case)

*** 92 Points - e robert Parker ***


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The 2004 Chateau d’Yquem’s bouquet is generous but not as complex as either the 2005 or indeed the 2006. The oak a little pronounced considering the age in bottle, but it does not leap at you shouting “I’m Yquem!” The palate has a viscous tangerine and orange peel opening with fine acidity. There is good weight in the mouth, with touches of spice and cardamom. It finishes just a little abruptly for a Yquem, a pretty note without requisite sustain. Drink now-2035. Tasted March 2014. Neil Martin ERobert Parker

"...This shows wonderful aromas of pineapples, apples and lemons with loads of botrytis.
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Chateau Yquem, 2001

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

*** 100 Points - e robert Parker ***

Only 10,000 cases of Yquem were made in this great Sauternes vintage. A truly remarkable effort from this fine property.

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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.
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Chateau Yquem, 2000

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe (in Yquem Case)

*** 90 Points - e robert Parker ***

Only 25,000 bottles of Yquem were made in this very tough Sauternes vintage. A truly valiant effort from this fine property.

"The millennial 2000 Chateau d’Yquem is a valiant effort in one of the most challenging Sauternes vintages in recent memory. The 2000 is quite deep in colour. The nose is crisp and well-defined but not the most complex, as you would expect from a truly challenging growing season in Sauternes. It is pleasant in its own way with delicate scents of tangerine, yellow flowers and Mirabelle. The palate is well-balanced with marmalade tinged opening.
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Chateau Yquem, 1998

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

‘A beautiful, slightly golden yellow, this wine is still very young to express much on the initial nose. After swirling, and even more so after a few minutes in the glass, there come scents of citrus, raisins and also more floral aromas with delicate lime flower. These are still early days and time is needed for these impressions to develop. In the mouth the great quality and potential are obvious. The attack is round, and the volume quickly fills the whole mouth. What sweetness and what pleasure - with just enough acidity. Flavours of mandarin, apricot, fruit paste, then the vanillary, lightly grilled notes associated with the long élevage in barrel.
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Chateau Yquem, 1976

Sauternes, 1st Growth Classification

Yquem is without doubt, one of the world's finest wine producers, of whom Robert Parker comments: "There is no other wine in the world like it, and there is no other luxury wine that can possibly justify its price as much as Yquem. The remarkable amount of painstaking labor necessary to produce the nectar known as Yquem is almost impossible to comprehend."


"The 1976 Yquem continues to go from strength to strength. Who can ignore the awesome bouquet of spices, honeyed fruit, pineapples, bananas, coconuts, and overripe melons? This full-bodied, viscous, luscious wine has been absolutely delicious since bottling, given its relatively low acidity and precocious personality.
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Chateau Yquem, 1975

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

*** 98 Points - Exceptional Neil Martin ***

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"The 1975 Château d'Yquem stands as one of the towering successes of that decade and at 40 years of age, it shows no signs of losing any of its prowess. This bottle represented one of the best that I have encountered. Iridescent in color, the bouquet soars from the glass, a pyrotechnic display of quince, Clementine, honey and a touch of aszu, lending it a slight Tokaji-like personality. It is beautifully defined and intense. The palate is pure and detailed with a killer line of acidity, vibrant honeyed fruit and a mellifluous finish that is now fully expressive.
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Chateau Yquem, 1968

Sauternes 1er Grand cru Classe

Chateau Yquem... Sensual, smooth, sweet, round, charming, opulent... there are countless adjectives to describe the pleasurable sensations procured by this great wine.
Apricot, quince, pineapple, almond, verbena, fig, rose, lychee, grapefruit, bitter orange, vanilla, saffron, roasted coffee beans... The smells of an entire market are concentrated in a glass of Yquem.

The 1968 Chateau d'Yquem has a full deep golden colour. Full nose of caramel with nutmeg spice and clear botyritis notes. Full tight caramel butterscotch with a hint of orange on the palate. Mild sweetness and good complexity.
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Chateau Yquem, 1967

Sauternes 1er Grand cru Classe

*** 96 Points Robert Parker ***

Reviews
"Based solely on the strength of what is unquestionably a great Yquem, many have concluded that 1967 was a superb vintage for Sauternes. The truth is that 1967 was a very good but irregular vintage. As for Yquem, it is close to perfection. Medium amber/golden with a full intensity bouquet of vanillin spice, honey, ripe pineapples, and coconut, this intense, very ripe, unctuous Yquem has layers of sweet, opulent fruit, excellent balance, and a hefty, powerful finish. Almost too big and rich to be served with food, this wine should be drunk alone as a dessert.
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Chateau Yquem, 1963

Sauternes 1er Grand Cru Classe

We quote from the tasting notes of greatbordeauxwines.com tasting in 2005:-
"Château d’Yquem 1963 87 points
Tasted in April 2005. Brown like cola. Aromas of mocca, burnt coffee beans and caramel. It had some sweetness on the palate but very little of noble rot. This was light and well-balanced wine with fine aftertaste."
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Chateau Yquem, 1962

Sauternes 1er Grand cru Classe,

91 Points Wine Journal.

" Moderate Clear lucid gold with green tints. The nose is very elegant and well defined, touches of wet wool, honey, wood resin and barley sugar (a la Barsac). I wish it had more vigour and complexity, for it is rather overwhelmed by the Coutet and the Suduiraut. The palate is far better than the nose with a lovely creamy, harmonious texture with perfect acidity and balance. Citrus peel, fresh ginger, dried apricot, ginger and orange sorbet with noticeable residual sugar on the finish. This is probably an underrated Yquem given market prices, but the modest nose means I must temper my appraisal.
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Chateau Yquem, 1959

Sauternes Premiere Grand Cru Classe Top Shoulder - label nicked capsule removed

Top Shoulder - 2 small nicks on label, foil capsule missing


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Chateau Yquem, 1954

Sauternes 1er Grand Cru Classe

Yquem is without doubt, one of the world's finest wine producers, of whom Robert Parker comments: "There is no other wine in the world like it, and there is no other luxury wine that can possibly justify its price as much as Yquem. The remarkable amount of painstaking labor necessary to produce the nectar known as Yquem is almost impossible to comprehend."

Château d'Yquem 1954 is a classic. very elegant with aromas of sherry, brown sugar and caramel and a taste of hazelnuts. Voluminous and deep.

Reviews.
"A delicate Yquem .. with bitter- and mandarin orange and lemon notes. Of medium body, with a nicely rounded palate and a good finish.
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Chateau Yquem, 2003

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe (in Yquem Case)

*** 94 Points - e robert Parker ***

Ch. d'Yquem reported 2003 as the hottest year since 1896, the previous hottest being the 1976 which provided a superb wine with excellent botrytis which is now showing at its best. Ch. d'Yquem conclude their report: "This unusual vintage will no doubt remain a benchmark for many years to come. An extraordinary summer, "total" botrytis, and the sacrifice of part of the estate made it possible to harvest grapes with optimum fruit and and concentration thanks to unusually clean botrtization."

Reviews
The 2003 Yquem was picked from 17th September after an explosion of botrytis until 26th September in one trie.
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Chateau Yquem, 1993

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

A beautiful, slightly golden yellow, this wine is still very young to express much on the initial nose. After swirling, and even more so after a few minutes in the glass, there come scents of citrus, raisins and also more floral aromas with delicate lime flower. These are still early days and time is needed for these impressions to develop. In the mouth the great quality and potential are obvious. The attack is round, and the volume quickly fills the whole mouth. What sweetness and what pleasure - with just enough acidity. Flavours of mandarin, apricot, fruit paste, then the vanillary, lightly grilled notes associated with the long élevage in barrel.
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Chateau Yquem, 1991

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

Notes from Ch Yquem. A vintage marked by frost on the 21st of April that fortunately spared several plots of slope vineyards at Yquem. Summer was warm and dry, but September was rainy. The harvest was over in three passes which brought in only a small amount of grapes, but of very good quality. This experience shows what an advantage great terroirs have when spring frosts occur. In light of the weather that year, the calibre of 1991 Yquem exceeded our expectations, and benefited from a particularly fine summer.

Yquem's 1991 is a beautifully made, mediumgold-colored wine with a gorgeous nose of creme brulee, roasted coffee, and seet, honeyed pineapple and other assorted fruits.
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Chateau Yquem, 1989

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

Yquem is indisputedly the best wine in Sauternes and may well be the finest sweet wine in the world.

Meticulously made with incredible power, texture, complexity and ageing potential The 1989 is a powerful, intense, rich wine; astonishingly complex; perfectly balanced and a fine, persistent finish.

Spends three years in barrel, and keeps and improves for 15, 50, even 100+ years in great vintages.

Yquem recommend trying this with oysters, lobster, foie gras, or just on its own.

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Chateau Yquem, 1962

Sauternes 1er Grand cru Classe, (Level In Neck)

91 Points Wine Journal.

" Moderate Clear lucid gold with green tints. The nose is very elegant and well defined, touches of wet wool, honey, wood resin and barley sugar (a la Barsac). I wish it had more vigour and complexity, for it is rather overwhelmed by the Coutet and the Suduiraut. The palate is far better than the nose with a lovely creamy, harmonious texture with perfect acidity and balance. Citrus peel, fresh ginger, dried apricot, ginger and orange sorbet with noticeable residual sugar on the finish. This is probably an underrated Yquem given market prices, but the modest nose means I must temper my appraisal.
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Chateau Yquem, 1956

Sauternes Premiere Grand Cru Classe

Considered as the greatest white wine in the world, Château d'Yquem, located on a small hill, enjoys a microclimate and an exceptional terroir. The vineyard, which has no fewer than 150 parcels of different soil, is cherished throughout the year, each vine receives an average of 50 treatments per year. The selection is particularly rigorous for the grand vin of château d'Yquem: it is often said that a vine produces only one glass of wine . The harvest is carried out through at least four passes (seven in 1997!) to harvest the grapes at perfect ripeness, with the noble rot.
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Chateau Yquem, 1950

Sauterns Premiere Grand Cru Classe

Reviews
"Light amber/gold. Very refined and pure bouquet. On the palate intense sweetness, ripe pineapple, beautiful bitterness and acidity. The aftertaste is long with honey and almonds. Perfect harmony, except for some hints of alcohol." Tasted 2007, Review on Cellar Tracker.
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Chateau Yquem, 1949

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

***94 Points-The Wine Cellar Insider***
***93 Points- Aggregated Critic Score***

The 1949 Chateau d' Yquem reveals a burnished amber color, then an intense and rich bouquet with honey, quince and mandarin, burnt caramel, vanilla and crème brulee. Still fresh considering the age, will drink perfectly now but also keep for many years to come. Simply beautiful and harmonious!


Reviews:
Honey, burnt orange sugar, apricots, pineapples, vanilla and crème brulee soar from the glass. But, this wine is not produced in the style of modern Yquems. This does not have the nearly the same level of sweetness or viscosity found in the best vintages of the 80’s and 90’s.
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