Château d'Yquem

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Château d'Yquem 2009 Barrel Sample White (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 White (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 White (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 White (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)
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Château d'Yquem 2005 White (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 White (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 White (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)
95
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Château d'Yquem 2005 Barrel Sample White (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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