Château d'Yquem

Château d'Yquem is a Premier Cru Supérieur wine from the Sauternes region in the southern part of the Bordeaux. Château d'Yquem wines are characterized by their complexity, concentration and sweetness created by the vineyard’s susceptibility to botrytis, also known as the "noble rot". Chateau d’Yquem vineyard history dates back to the middle ages when the estate actually belonged to the King of England. It was not until 1453 that southwest France was once again under French rule and a century and a half later that Chateau d’Yquem was acquired by Jacques Sauvage. The site has been home to a vineyard since 1711 when the estate became fully owned by Léon de Sauvage d'Yquem. Château d'Yquem was the only Sauternes given the Premier Cru Supérieur designation in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 according to our Chateau d’Yquem reviews. The vineyard is about 310 acres yet only 65,000 bottles are produced per year on average. If there is a very poor vintage, the entire crop is deemed unfit to bear the d’Yquem name and the wine is not produced. The wine itself is a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc and is consistently one of the best and most expensive wines in the world in examining our Chateau d’Yquem ratings.

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Château d'Yquem 2009 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Sauternes)

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98-100 Barrel sample. The aromas are so rich and powerful, with great ripe apricots. There are honey, spice and beautiful sweet spiced pears. This is an extraordinary wine in an extraordinary year in Sauternes.

 — R.V.  (8/9/2010)
97
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Château d'Yquem 2013 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Sauternes)

96–98. Barrel Sample. The beautifully aromatic, honeyed scent leads into flavors of bitter orange and honey, along with extreme freshness. Notes of white peach and Rocha pear give richness to a wine that is not huge, but wonderfully balanced.

 — R.V.  (3/31/2014)
97
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Château d'Yquem 2010 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Sauternes)

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96-98. Stunningly rich in character, a wine with great power to go with its acidity and sweetness. It is dense, powerful and concentrated powered by honey and by spice from the wood. The finish has dried apricots, very aromatic.

 — R.V.  (6/25/2011)
97
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Château d'Yquem 2008 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Sauternes)

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96-98 Barrel sample. Impressively balanced, with the fruit rich, intense with a golden glow. The acidity is as important as the freshness, giving a delicious lift to the core of dry, concentrated botrytis. Obviously a great wine for long-term aging in a great Sauternes year.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2009)
97
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Château d'Yquem 2005 Bordeaux-style White Blend (Sauternes)

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This isn’t sweet, but just so wonderfully rich. It’s the concentration of botrytis that makes the wine. The texture is velvet, but with a spicy bite to it. Apricot, honey and marzipan all contribute to a wine that will age over decades.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2009)
96
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Château d'Yquem 2011 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Sauternes)

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95-97. Barrel sample. Rich, with intense flavors of botrytis, lemon and Seville orange peel. This wine has both freshness and sweetness, with a light touch.

 — R.V.  (5/11/2012)
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Château d'Yquem 2006 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Sauternes)

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94—96 Barrel sample. This is the rich wine of the vintage. With its intensen fruit, piles of spice, but excellent balance, this promises flavors of baked apples and intense dried fruits. The botrytis layer is discreet, a hint rather than overpowering.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2009)
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Château d'Yquem 2005 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Sauternes)

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94-96 Barrel sample. So pure, it is almost a straight line of ripe, honeyed fruit and dense spices. There are flavors of marmalade and ripe pear, and steely, tight acidity. As always, the best.

 — R.V.  (6/20/2006)
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