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Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes, First Growth, Premier Cru Superieur Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

While wine lovers, collectors, chateau owners, wine makers and others can enjoy arguing which is the best wine of a specific appellation, there is only one wine in the world that is the undisputed best wine in the region. We’re not just talking about Bordeaux, we’re talking about any of the world’s wine producing regions. That honor goes to Chateau d’Yquem. Chateau d’Yquem is the only wine that almost everyone, everywhere agrees stands heads and shoulders above every other wine in the appellation. This becomes even more apparent when you’re at Chateau d’Yquem. Located on the top of a hill, you really feel like you’re in a different world that looks down on the rest of Bordeaux.

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Chateau d’Yquem is not only the most famous chateau in Sauternes today, the estate has possessed an exalted reputation dating back to the middle ages when d’Yquem was owned by the King of England. At the time, the King was also the Duke of Aquitaine. Skipping ahead 150 years later, in 1593, a local noble family, Jacques Sauvage, was given feudal tenure over d’Yquem. Shortly after taking over the property, the Sauvage family built the present Chateau in Sauternes that we know today. It still looks very much as it did in those days. It feels like a castle.

Was d’Yquem producing sweet or dry wine at the time? Archives prove that special Bordeaux wine growing practices and late harvesting already existed in the 1500′s in the appellation.

During the reign of Louis XIV, in 1711 the family, which had now become nobles became the full owners of d’Yquem.  The head of the family, Leon de Sauvage d’Yquem, was the great grandfather of Francoise Josephine.  In 1785, Francoise Josephine de Sauvage d’Yquem married Count Louis Amedee de Lur Saluces. Sadly, just three short years later,  the count was killed in a horse riding accident. His widow took over the management of the property.

Even in those days, the Bordeaux wine of Chateau d’Yquem was already prized by wealthy wine lovers like, Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States loved the wine. He bought several cases of it for his own cellars.

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Francoise Josephine was one of the few vocal opponents of the excesses of the French Revolution. Her views earned her two prison terms. With all that, Josephine managed to retain the estate and even constructed a new wine cellar in 1826. It was under her management that the method of picking in several different passes was perfected.  In 1851, Francoise Josephine passed away. Her grandson, Romain-Bertrand de Lur Saluces became the managing director of d’Yquem.

During World War 1, Chateau d’Yquem was used as an army hospital. Following the war, Marquis Bertrand de Lur Saluces, son of Eugene took over the estate for the next 50 years. During World War 2, CHateau d’Yquem once again served as a military hospital. As a special thank you from the French soldiers that were treated there, they planted a chestnut tree that can be seen slightly past the walls of the chateau. Bertrand de Lur Saluces, also served as the President of the Union des Crus Classes de la Gironde for forty years. He was instrumental in determining many legal aspects of the Sauternes appellation. He was also one of the leading proponents of chateau bottling to guarantee authenticity.

Bertrand de Lur Saluces designated one of his brother’s sons, Alexandre de Lur Saluces, to take over managing Chateau d’Yquem in 1966. Bertrand passed away two years later. Count Alexandre de Lur Saluces perpetuated his family’s tradition as manager of Chateau d’Yquem for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Alexandre de Lur Saluces had Chateau d’Yquem become one of the first major estates to fight fraud by introducing a watermark on their label.

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In 1996, the famous luxury good company, LVMH purchased half of the shares of Chateau d’Yquem for one hundred million dollars. The relationship between the new owners and the family members was tempestuous and inspired multipe law suits that dragged on for years. After a long, bitter court battle and multiple law suits with a myriad of heirs, the Count arranged for L.V.M.H/Moet-Hennessy-Louis Vuitton to purchase the remaining shares of the property in 2004. They named Pierre Lurton, who was already managing their other property, Cheval Blanc in St. Emilion to manage Chateau d’Yquem. Pierre Lurton kept the entire technical in place after the takeover was completed. They also brought in Denis Dubourdieu to consult, but mostly for the dry white wine.

Most top Bordeuax wine is only sold as futures.  Because d’Yquem is released 4-5 years after the vintage, (Due to extended barrel aging) it was not sold as a future until the 2000 vintage. The new owners changed that policy. Starting with the 2003 vintage, the wine was sold as a future. In 2011, due to the slowing economy and the lackluster interest in the 2011 Bordeaux futures campaign, the chateau issued a statement saying they were not going to offer the 2011 d’Yquem as a future.

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However prices are high and because demand for Sauternes is moderate, the price for d’Yquem does not rise quickly.  Further complicating the issue, starting with the high opening price for the 2005 as a future, the wine has not sold well as a future. A large amount of available back stock all over the world is often for sale for less than the current futures pricing. Taking that into consideration, this is not a wine worth purchasing as a future, unless you want to order the wine in a specific bottle size you prefer.

While expensive, more than twice the price of other wines from the area, when the wine matures, d’Yquem stands heads and shoulders above every other sweet Bordeaux wine from the region as well as that from any other sweet wine from all over the world! Chateau d’Yquem holds the record for the world’s most expensive bottle of white wine. In 2011, at an auction, a single bottle of the historic 1811 d’Yquem was bought for $117,000!

The vineyard of Chateau d’Yquem has 113 hectares of vines. The terroir is at the highest elevation in Sauternes which gives it a unique micro climate. The terroir is a combination of clay and gravel over a bed of deep, limestone soil. The vineyard is planted to 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes are always picked by hand, berry by berry. During harvest, it can take multiple passes through the vineyards to harvest berries with enough ripeness and Botrytis. Due to the intensive sorting and berries attacked by Botrytis, yields have always been low at Chateau d’Yquem ranging from 8 to 10 hectoliters per hectare. Those low yields have remained constant for centuries. Interestingly, part of what makes the wine of Chateau d’Yquem stand out is that the fruit is harvested with different levels of Botrytis, which adds complexity, sweetness and acidity, the three main components need to produce great Sauternes wine.

Botrytis cinerea is a fungus that infects and attacks the grapes. It is better known as noble rot, due to the special and sought after qualities it imparts to the fruit. This rot needs specific conditions to develop, dampness or humidity in the morning, coupled with warmth later in the day. This leaves the fruit without much moisture. The grapes become shriveled, dehydrated and concentrated with new characteristics.  These new qualities are sought after in Sauternes and other wine regions outside Bordeaux for their honey filled, tropical, roasted nut and exotic sensations.

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To produce the wine of Chateau d’Yquem, it all starts in the vineyard with the desire to pick only the ripest possible fruit that have been attacked by Botrytis. This is a labor intensive process that requires multiple passes in the vineyards. In difficult vintages, pickers have made as many as 13 passes, hoping to find berries to the satisfaction of Chateau d’Yquem. Once the fruit is sorted, the grapes are pressed 3 times using pneumatic presses for the first two pressings. The final pressing is conducted in a vertical press. The juice from the third press is vinified separately and if it is used, it’s blended in closer to bottling. It can take from 2 to 6 weeks for the alcoholic fermentation to be completed. The amount of time depends on the vintage and the sugar levels. The vinification takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels. Another change in the wine making at Yquem is the amount of time the wine spends in new oak. The wine is aged in different barrels depending on the date of the harvest.

Prior to 2000, Yquem was aged for an average of 36 months in 100% new, French oak barrels. Today, Yquem spends 30 months in 100% new, French oak barrels. The grapes come from up to 40 different parcels. The blending of the parcels and both grape varieties take place about 10 months after the harvest for between 80% and 90% of the harvest. The remainder of the wine is blended in, or not, slightly prior to bottling.

How much sugar is in d’Yquem? In the 20th century and before, it was common for Yquem to have average sugar levels of that ranged from 80 grams per liter to 120 grams per litre. Today, the goal is for more sweetness, which can range from 120 grams per litre to 140 grams per litre.

When Chateau d’Yquem is first bottled, it shows a dark yellow or gold hue. With aging, the color changes and begins getting darker. 40 year old d’Yquem could resemble caramel, while bottles twice that age, could have the color of dark coffee.  Something else to consider, when d’Yquem is young, not more than 25 years after the vintage, the flavors will better resemble honey, drenched tropical fruit.  As the wine ages further, often those yellow tropical fruit flavors fade and tasters experience flavors of caramel, burnt toast, spice and creme brulee.

The property also produces a dry, white Bordeaux wine called “Y” (Which is pronounced (Ygrec) in select vintages.The first vintage for the production of dry, white wine at Chateau d’Yquem took place in 1959. The dry, white wine of Chateau d’Yquem, (pronounced like the French letter “Y” eee grec) is only produced in select vintages.

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To make the dry white Bordeaux wine of d’Yquem, the fruit the estate uses is not only declassified grapes. Most of the berries are picked before harvesting grapes for the production of Chateau d’Yquem. The blend of “Y” is normally close to 80% Sauvignon Bland and 20% Semillion,which is about the complete opposite of what is placed in Chateay d’Yquem! Since 2000, it is more common to see vintages of “Y” than in previous years as production has increased. Today, slighty less than 1,000 cases are produced of “Y”. The dry white Bordeaux wine from d’Yquem is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels. Starting with the 2011 vintage, the chateau completely redisgned the label for “Y”. In 2012 the estate added several new, gleaming, stainless steels for the vinification and production of their dry white wine. “Y” is sold as a Bordeaux Superieur. Chateau d’Yquem does not produce a second wine. Instead, they declassify the unwanted grapes or wine.

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While the estate strives to make a vintage of Chateau d’Yquem every year, that is not always possible. Chateau d’Yquem ended up declassifying the entire harvest and did not make wine in the following vintages, 1910, 1915, 1930, 1951, 1952, 1964, 1972, 1974, 1992 and 2012. Even with as many as thirteen separate passes in the vineyards, as the grapes were not up to their high standard to produce a wine worthy of Chateau d’Yquem, they did not produce any wine in those years.

So, what does Chateau d’Yquem do with the declassified wine? In the past, declassified grapes that were not used in the production of their dry, white wine “Y”, were sold off in bulk and used to produce a generic, Sauternes wine. Today, declassified grapes are also used to produce a special blend of declassified d’Yquem that is only available to employees through internal sales at the property. The wine is not meant to be sold as a commercial product. The wine is classed as an AC Sauternes wine.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château d'Yquem

    1. Intense notes of grilled nuts open this intoxicating perfume of pineapple, orange, tangerine, vanilla custard, lemon curd, honey, candied grapefruit and spice. Intense, fat, concentrated and deep, the wine is long, lively and fresh with a honeyed pineapple and toasted, brioche finish. Interestingly, the wine will follow the pattern that took place with the 2011 Yquem and will not be offered as a future. 96-98Pts

      98 points - Tasted
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  2. 2011 Château d'Yquem

    1. This beautiful Sauternes offers intense aromatics packed with overripe pineapple drenched in honey, roasted nuts, apricots, nectarines, white peach, flowers, orange rind and honey in the complex perfume. Thick, rich and intense, with the viscosity of motor oil, along with tropical fruit dripping with honey and the perfect amount of acidity for the 144 grams of residual sugar to give this elixir lift, 2011 Chateau d’Yquem is majestic. I do not think it’s quite at the same level of quality as the legendary 2001, but it’s not that far off. 98-99 Pts

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  3. 2009 Château d'Yquem

    1. Thick, rich and intense, with powerful, fresh, sweet, pure waves of ripe and over ripe tropical fruit drenched in honey, nuts, crème brulee, vanilla, orange and honeysuckle, the wine coats your tongue, mouth and palate with sweetness, yet there is the right amount of acidity to give it lift. This stunning vintage of Chateau d’Yquem should outlive anyone reading this tasting note!

      99 points - Tasted
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  4. 2008 Château d'Yquem

    1. Light in color and in weight, this vintage of Chateau d'Yquem wine offers with a nose of flowers, honey, apricots and pineapple. Medium bodied, with zesty acidity, this lighter style of Sauternes feels more like a Barsac on the palate. It lacks the weight, density and concentration of a great Yquem. The finish ends with fresh orange rind, pineapple, roasted nuts and apricots lightly drizzled with honey. For the price Chateau d'Yquem is selling for, I want to be blown away when I taste the wine. 2008 d'Yquem is a nice wine, and it repsents what was possible with the vintage. But that's not what I want or expect for this much money or from Chateau d'Yquem.

      93 points - Tasted
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  5. 2007 Château d'Yquem

    1. I wish I could afford this elixir. It has all the right stuff with its racy personality and decadent layers of juicy, ripe, honey coated tropical fruits, spices, vanilla, nuts and coconut. The wine is perfectly balanced between sweetness and acidity, with freshness and a beautiful purity of fruit. It sort of reminds me of the 1989 d’Yquem in its youth, except that was only $75 a half bottle.

      98 points - Tasted
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    2. Some wines, due to the fame of the marquee, light up the faces of eager tasters when they are opened. The list of wines deserving of those accolades is short and sweet. Speaking of sweet, at the top of the pyramid of the world's sweet is Chateau d'Yquem. With its track record of successful vintages, that's where it belongs. 2007 d'Yquem is another great success for the chateau! With a deep gold color, the nose explodes with honey, flowers, white peaches, nectarines, orange rind, vanilla custard, nuts and overripe pineapple. There is an intensity of flavor, multiple layers of sweet, ripe, honey drenched fruit and the perfect amount of acidity to give the wine ample lift keeping it fresh.

      98 points - Tasted
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  6. 2007 Lur-Saluces "Y"

    1. Lemon, lime, fresh citrus, grapefruit, green apple and vanilla scents lead to a bright, round, open, citrus and grapefruit packed finish. The style of this wine is going to please some tasters more than others.

      91 points - Tasted
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  7. 2006 Château d'Yquem

    1. Better than the previous vintage, with its showy nose of vanilla, coconut, orange rind, apricot, marmalade, pineapple and white peaches that were soaked in honey for weeks on end. The wine is rich, intense, pure and refined, but it’s not the most concentrated or exotic style.

      96 points - Tasted
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  8. 2003 Château d'Yquem

    1. 2003 d’Yquem is a fun wine to taste. It's absolutely delicious! It's spicy, thick, sweet, lush, fat and opulet in character with its layers of over ripe, honey drenched, juicy, pineapple, apricot, tropical fruits, vanilla and nut filled character. Not as complex as the best vintages of Chateau d'Yquem, and not quite as fresh, this is still a stunning sweet, white Bordeaux wine. And it sells for a very fair price for d'Yquem these days. Drink it now, or age it for decades.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. While d’Yquem is never inexpensive, recent vintages are appallingly expensive. It’s not realistic for buyers to purchase futures, or new releases for more money than previous vintages. 2003 marks the last realistically price year for d’Yquem. This is good news because the wine is fabulous. It gets better each time I taste it. With an ocean of fat, super sweet, incredibly ripe, dense, thick waves of pineapples, apricots, oranges, tangerines, peaches and nectarines all coated with macadamia nut honey, vanilla and nuts, it’s a treat to sniff, swirl and best of all sip. It’s not the 2001, but it’s a beautiful d’Yquem that sells for less than half the price.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. When first tasted on release, the wine was much thicker and seemed in need of higher levels of acidity as the wine felt slightly cloying. Over the past few years, this is starting to mature in a good direction. This will not cause any taster to forget the sublime 2001, but the wine has starting to come together and feel fresher, with better balance in the mouth. Layers of fresh pineapple, apricots, grilled nuts, nectarines and orange peel dipped in honey make up the wines flavor profile. Give this another decade and you should see a lot of improvement, if you can keep your hands off it.

      97 points - Tasted
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    4. With the color of spun honey, this impressive Yquem offers a rich nose of honey, apricots, spice, orange rind, vanilla, peach and pineapple. Thick, intense, powerful and sweet, this wine really coats your mouth. The long finish is stuffed with ripe, honey drenched tropical fruit. This is a low acid vintage for Yquem, so the it lacks a little bit of lift. But the fruit shows much intensity and purity, it's exciting to drink even at this young age.

      97 points - Tasted
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    5. Layers of rich, over ripe, tropical fruit dipped in honey with coconut accents. The wine has the perfect dose of acidity giving it freshness and lift.

      95 points - Tasted
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    6. For my palate, this majestic elixir is the best Yquem since 1990, following the flawless 2001 of course. Tasted 3 times with the same results, this rich, unctuous, ripe, intensely concentrated wine explodes from the glass with a cornucopia of honeyed, floral, spice and tropical scents. The wine glides across your palate in continuos waves of sensuous, ripe, sweet fruit. 2003 is like a blend of 88 & 90 to me. Very dense, powerful and concentrated. A little more acidity would have pushed the score higher.

      97 points - Tasted
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  9. 2002 Lur-Saluces "Y"

    1. Y is the dry white wine of Chateau d’Yquem. This powerful, intense, concentrated wine is filled with ripe tropical fruit, vanilla, floral and mineral notes. This richly textured wine, lingers on your palate with sensations of lightly honeyed tropical fruit and rocks.

      94 points - Tasted
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  10. 2001 Château d'Yquem

    1. This is a thrill a sip wine. It's so young and so beautiful in all its fresh, ripe, pineapple, floral, vanilla, creme custard, honey nut glory. The sweetness is perfect and the racy acidity takes it to another level from there. If you're over 50, start drinking it now for the pleasure. If you're under 30, save it for 30 years.

      100 points - Tasted
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    2. If some artists or performers are known and described by only one name, Jimi, Picasso, Matisse, Madonna, Garbo, perhaps the only descriptor needed for this wine is 2001 d’Yquem. I know that works for anyone lucky enough to have tasted this nectar. The best vintage since 1975 for the estate is off the charts, in all the right ways! It blends intense, massive layers of pure, ripe, honey drenched fruits with bracing acidity give it a laser like focus that is found in few other wines. While it’s not close to maturity, drinking this now is a thrill a sip ride. If you lay down a few bottles for your kids, OK, make that your grandchildren, they will remember you fondly.

      100 points - Tasted
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    3. It's funny. I taste this wine at least a few times a year and I seldom take notes, thinking I've already posted a current view on this sexy, sweet elixir. I was surprised to see only one note published. Time to fix that situation. If aromatics are your thing, the blast of fresh green apples, apricot, smoke, caramel, white peach, molasses and pineapple slathered in honey is the right place to start. Thick, rich, intense and packed with countless layers of ripe, and over ripe fruit, the wine ends with a dense, silky, fat, opulent finish. The zippy acidity keeps everything where it should be. Drink this now, or save for your kids, kids and let them taste their first 100 year old wine.

      100 points - Tasted
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    4. This perfect Sauternes gets better every time I taste it. Thick, rich, ripe, extremely concentrated with honeyed, tropical fruit and the right jolt of racy acidity to give it lift and keep everything in balance.

      100 points - Tasted
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  11. 1999 Château d'Yquem

    1. Other than the label, there is no reason to own or buy this wine. An abundance of better choices at half the price are available from the 01 vintage. Light honeyed yellow fruit without much centration of boytrytis make this an easy pass.

      88 points - Tasted
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  12. 1998 Château d'Yquem

    1. Due to the lack of botrytis in the vintage, I was not expecting to like the 1998 d'Yquem as much as I did. I love it when a wine shows much better than expected! The nose was filled with vanilla, honeysuckle, apricot, pineapple and spice. Medium/full bodied, sweet, round and lush, the wine ends with a delicious mouthful of candied orange, apricot, spice, vanilla custard and sweet pineapple.

      93 points - Tasted
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  13. 1997 Château d'Yquem

    1. Drinking d'Yquem never gets old. The beautiful, perfectly ripe tropical fruit drenched in honey, vanilla and spicy tones, coupled with racy acidity keeps the wine fresh and exciting. Still young, the wine has barely moved, except in texture. But you do not have to wait for decades to experience this wine. It's great today and will be even better if, or when your grandchildren open it. That is... if you can keep your hands off it.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. If you want Chateau d'Yquem in your cellar and you do not want to spend the money for the 2001, run, do not walk and buy this wine. It's a very good example of what makes Yquem great! With the perfect level of acidity to create freshness and lift, the extremely ripe pineapple, apricot, tropical fruit, floral, vanilla, nut and spice aromas are worth the price of admission. On the palate, the elegant wine is not heavy, it's about balance, purity and sweetness, coupled with lift. If you like your Sauternes young, and most people do, pop a cork! If you prefer waiting, there is no hurry on this winner.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. Medium rich with honeyed, tropical fruit notes and vanilla. This is a very well made Yquem, perfectly balancing acidity and sweetness. But, it lacks the concentration, depth and level of botrytis found in the best years. For my palate, this is probably what a vintage like 70 or 71 tasted like young.

      95 points - Tasted
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  14. 1996 Château d'Yquem

    1. A beauty that is already fun to taste and enjoy for its honeyed, apricot, spice, pineapple, orange peel and vanilla bean profile. Low acid and fat in style, this glass of sunshine and pleasure hits the sweet spot.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Pineapple, apricot and tropical fruits coated with honey and nuts in the perfume, there is a sweetness and intensity of overripe orange and spicy tropical fruits coated with honey, with enough acidity to keep the wine fresh. This already drinking well and should for decades.

      95 points - Tasted
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    3. 1996 Chateau d'Yquem opens to exotic scents of honey coated, apricots, vanilla, white peaches, flowers, roasted nuts, orange rind and pineapple. This rich, sweet, thick, full bodied wine is filled with honey drenched, tropical fruit with the perfect amount of acidity to give it lift. Still young, another decade will add a lot to this stunning Sauternes.

      96 points - Tasted
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  15. 1995 Château d'Yquem

    1. This is d'Yquem light. If you're a fan of vintages like 1999, you will like this more than I did. The fruit is sweet, soft and open. There is a nice honeyed, tropical character to the wine, but it lacks the concentration and depth found in the top years for this wine.

      92 points - Tasted
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  16. 1994 Château d'Yquem

    1. It's almost always exciting to taste any vintage of d'Yquem. Especially one that you've never seen before. On the other hand, there's an exception for every rule. 94 Yquem is the exception to the rule. This could have been a bottle of "Y", the dry wine produced by Yquem. It lacked concenttration, sweetness and botrytis. Petrol, apricots and unclean flavors, plus a large tab for an overpriced wine is what you'll find in this vintage of off Yquem. This is not a bad wine, it's a poor Yquem. There is a difference. This is not a wine to buy.

      85 points - Tasted
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  17. 1990 Château d'Yquem

    1. Golden honey in color, potent scents of toast, honey, fresh baked croissants, grilled nuts, pineapple, apricot and white peaches waft from the glass. Rich, unctuous, sweet, dense, ripe pineapple, mango, apricot, spice, vanilla and over ripe peaches drenched in honey coat your palate. This is a delicious, ripe, sweet Chateau d'Yquem that will age and improve for decades.

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. Remains youthful. The wine is a thrill to put your nose in. That is if you’re turned on by ripe apricots, peaches, nectarines, pineapple, flower, honey, grilled nuts and coconut aromatics. Thick, rich, dense and concentrated, this powerful wine fills every nook and cranny in your mouth with fat sensations of ripe fruit, dripping with honey and roasted nut flavors. The intense long finish has enough acidity to keep everything in balance.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. The wine is a thrill to put your nose in. That is if you’re turned on by ripe apricots, peaches, nectarines, pineapple, flower, honey, grilled nuts and coconut aromatics. Thick, rich, dense and concentrated, this powerful wine fills every nook and cranny in your mouth with fat sensations of ripe fruit, dripping with honey and roasted nut flavors. The intense long finish has enough acidity to keep everything in balance.

      97 points - Tasted
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    4. Floral, honey, creme brulee, apricot, nectarine and orange make a beautiful, complex perfume. Viscous and intense. Very concentrated. Lots of ripe tropical pineapple, peach, pear, apricot and cherry fruit that seems drenched in honey and topped with vanilla. Mouth coating. It does not have acidity found in the 01. But the wine is not cloying. The finish is long, pure and the way to end a splendid night of wines and friendship, both old and new.

      97 points - Tasted
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    5. Massive levels of ripe, tropical, honeyed fruit with the perfect amount of acidity to give it lift. As good as it is, it's going to keep improving for decades

      98 points - Tasted
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    6. Layer after layer of the richest, sexiest, lush, tropical fruit you ever tasted all dipped in honey. As concentrated and powerful as it is, you never tire from sipping it as there's enough acidity to offer it lift. It’s an amazing, decadent, tasting sensation!

      98 points - Tasted
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    7. Deeply colored, offers flawless balance, intense sweetness and the perfect amount of acidity to keep it fresh. This is incredibly thick and concentrated with aromatics of honeyed pineapples, coconut custard and spicy apricots. Still very young and primary.

      98 points - Tasted
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  18. 1989 Château d'Yquem

    1. No matter how many times I taste this elixir, it's always an exciting tasting experience. I've been lucky enough to have tasted this vintage twice, in the last 3 three and both times, the pineapple, floral, vanilla, apricot, spice and white peaches drenched in honey made a compelling bouquet. On the palate, over the years the wine has continued putting on weight and gaining new levels of complexity. There is a beautiful purity to the fruit that is not found in other wines. The acidity keeps it fresh and lively. At 24 years of age, it's still a baby. Drink it now, or save it for your lucky grandchildren.

      98 points - Tasted
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    2. Rich, filled with honey covered tropical fruit and acidity to give it lift should deliver pleasure for decades.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. Honeyed apricots, flowers, vanilla, oak aromas were easy to catch. Very rich and fat on the palate. Beautiful, seamless finish.

      97 points - Tasted
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    4. Yquem has a unique style that’s not duplicated. Ripe, honeyed pineapple, peach, nectarine, apricot and orange flowers fill the perfume. Rich, concentrated but with enough acidity toe keep it fresh. The long, honey drenched finish is a pleasure and treat.

      96 points - Tasted
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  19. 1988 Lur-Saluces "Y"

    1. Notes of lemon, flowers with accents of waxy apricots and oranges. Thick with vanilla and tropical fruit on the palate. Long finish

      92 points - Tasted
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  20. 1988 Château d'Yquem

    1. With an orange glow in its hue, this rich, fat, sweet, intense, flavorful wine serves up layer after layer of pure, honeyed, tropical sweetness. Drink this now, or seal it in a time capsule for your grandchildren.

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. Honey, flowers, pineapple, apricot, orange and tropical fruits slathered in honey, along with rich textures and mouthful of perfectly ripe, sweet, ripe, honeyed fruit and fruits. This is drinking great today and is only going to get better over the next several decades. This could be favorite vintage of the famous trio, 1988, 1989 and 1990.

      98 points - Tasted
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    3. With a blast of coconut, pineapple, flowers, spice, orange, apricot and honey drenched, tropical fruit, the wine continues adding complexity. The finish couples decadent honeyed fruit with freshness and acidity.. Thick, rich, dense and incredibly lush, this is sweet hedonism at its best.

      98 points - Tasted
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    4. Endless aromatics of ripe pineapples, nectarines, peaches, flowers, spices, vanilla, coconut and more all drenched and dripping honey. Wave after wave of luxurious fruit flows across your palate. This wine is incredibly concentrated. Very dense and full bodied with ample acidity keeping everything in balance.

      98 points - Tasted
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  21. 1986 Château d'Yquem

    1. 1986 d’Yquem offers the perfect balance of acidity and sweet, ripe, honeyed tropical fruit. Pineapples, crème brulee, apricots, honey, grilled nuts and vanilla with freshness, sweetness and lift.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. Sporting a beautiful hue akin to 24 K Gold! The nose bathed in pineapples, apples, apricots, vanilla, honey and cherry blossoms. Very concentrated, almost dense. The finish was pure silk with an odd chalky sensation. The palate was caressed by a cornucopia of honeyed, tropical fruit. The wine continued improving in the glass. This is too young to drink. Let it rest another 5-10 years before opening.

      97 points - Tasted
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  22. 1983 Château d'Yquem

    1. Looking slightly older than it should, with its copper, orange hue, the apricot, honey, orange, spice, overripe pineapple and nutty perfume caught your focus with no effort. But this specific bottle seemed a little but shorter than it should be, while lacking the intensity, sweetness and length found in the finish of better bottles. This was a very good Sauternes, but only a nice bottle of 1983 d'Yquem. You know what they say, with age, there are only great bottles, not great wines.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Deep gold in color, this honeyed, pineapple, peach, apricot and crème brulee scented wine delivers the goods. Intense levels of sweet, ripe, fat, lush, tropical fruit easily glide over your palate. The long, decadent finish is truly luxurious. The perfect way to end a splendid evening.

      97 points - Tasted
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  23. 1981 Château d'Yquem

    1. Spun gold color, pineapple, marzipan, honey, apples, orange rind, smoke, vanilla and nectarine aromas are easy to find. Medium bodied with light sugary flavors of orange and peach, this medium weight, lighter style of d’Yquem is fully mature and should be drunk up sooner than later.

      91 points - Tasted
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  24. 1980 Château d'Yquem

    1. When expectations are low, it's always a nice surprise when a wine performs much better than expected. This off vintage of d'Yquem offered an attention grabbing perfume filled with ripe apricots, pineapple, honey, vanilla, nectarines, toffee coated nuts and spiced peaches. Ripe, sweet and concentrated with delicious, honey coated tropical fruit in the rich finish, this is probably one of the best deals for a mature bottle of Chateau d'Yquem in the marketplace today. This was my last bottle. A perfect ending to a great case of Sauternes wine.

      94 points - Tasted
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  25. 1979 Château d'Yquem

    1. This was botrytis light. Golden honey color, nose of apricots, vanilla and guava. Good mouth feel but lacks the weight of a strong vintage. On the palate, some honeyed orange and pineapple notes. A good , fully mature Yquem but certainly not great.

      87 points - Tasted
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  26. 1978 Lur-Saluces "Y"

    1. What a nice surprise to see this bottle at a tasting and the surprise got even better when tasting it. The nose offered white peach, honeysuckle, floral, vanilla and cantaloupe scents. Medium bodied, soft, delicate and charming, the only issue was, perhaps it is a bit too short in the finish. This is a great example of a fully mature, dry Sauternes.

      92 points - Tasted
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  27. 1976 Château d'Yquem

    1. Decadence in a glass. Multiple layers of rich, honeyed, unctuous tropical fruit, vanilla and coconut roar from the pour. The palate enjoys a sexy bath of plush sweetness in this special Bordeaux.

      98 points - Tasted
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  28. 1975 Château d'Yquem

    1. I cannot think of many wines that have displayed this level of consistency. This stunning wine has been perfect on more occasions than I can count. After a night of great wines, time and time again this has been scored as the wine of the night on numerous occasions. With its flashy display of decadent tropical fruits slathered in honey, vanilla, flowers, spice and candied citrus peel, it’s easy to see why. On the palate, the more than :60 finish has the perfect balance of acidity, giving it lift and freshness coupled with dense, ripe, over ripe and extremely ripe tropical fruits. This is the wine to buy, if you can afford it.

      100 points - Tasted
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    2. Fathers day does not come around enough. As Chateau d'Yquem is my dad's favorite wine, I popped a 1975! With a beautiful golden hue, pineapple upside down cake, caramel, honeysuckle, cinnamon, coffee, orange rind, apricot, smoke, creme brulee and smoke create the complex aromatics. Liquid silk and velvet drenched in honey textures in the mouth lead to a long, fresh, bright, pineapple, apricot, vanilla, cocoa, orangesicle and spice filled finish. While this was a great bottle of 1975 d'Yquem, I've had fresher examples showing more yellow fruit, sweetness and less creme brulee.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. 1975 Chateau d’Yquem is a contender for the most consistent 100 Pt wine I have ever tasted. Bottle after bottle has been stunning and this 5 Yquem was no exception. With a copper, orange color, honey covered apricots, floral aromas, pineapples, creme brulee, coconut and tropical aromas explode in front of your nose. Viscous, opulent, packed and stacked with endless waves of deep, juicy, spicy, honey drenched fruit, your mouth, teeth and gums are coated with pleasure .Everything is on balance. The perfect amount of acidity keeps the wine, fresh and lively. The seamless finish lasts well over a minute. If you have the money and want to experience Yquem at its best, Kenny Loggins had it right, "This is it!"

      100 points - Tasted
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    4. With the color of pure, honey, the aromatics can seemingly be experienced from across the room! Apricots, oranges, flowers, roasted pineapples, caramel, grilled nuts all drenched in Acacia honey. Thick, concentrated, rich, lush and opulent fruit coats your mouth, teeth and gums. But its the perfect balance that becomes evident with the lift of acidity that makes this one of the best dessert wines ever produced. The long, honey coated, tropical fruit filled, seamless finish lasts over 60 seconds! This stunning wine is flawless. Perhaps the 2001 will be better. And in 25 years, when that wine begins to enter maturity, we'll find out, But for today, I cannot think of a vintage of Chateau d'Yquem that offers better drinking.

      100 points - Tasted
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    5. This is the real deal. Incredible levels of sweet, ripe, decadent, complex, rich, honeyed fruit with ample acidity to give it lift. This wine offers intense purity, ripeness and sweetness.

      99 points - Tasted
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  29. 1970 Château d'Yquem

    1. From the first whiff, this copper colored wine makes it easy to find honey, orange, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, pineapple, nectarine and grilled nut aromas. The wine is full bodied and concentrated, but in the mouth there is a slightly dull quality to the fruit. There is not enough acidity or sweetness to make this wine exciting. The wine is chunky and finishes with honeyed, orange and mango flavors.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. The first thing you notice is the beautiful, orange, honey colored hue staring at you from the glass. The perfume, with its intoxicating scents of orange blossoms, honey, caramel and grilled pineapples is a treat. On the palate, the wine is balanced with layers of sweet, honeyed tropical fruit. This could use more concentration. However, any Yquem is always a welcome treat, especially mature bottles.

      93 points - Tasted
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  30. 1967 Château d'Yquem

    1. Caramel in color, with an intoxicating nose of smoke, caramel, roasted pineapple, spice, orange rind and burnt sugar. While rich, some of the intense sweetness seems to have faded. The wine is more focused on the caramel and crème brulee, than decadent honeyed fruits. That is not to say this was not wonderful, but it’s not in the same league as the perfect 1975 Chateau d’Yquem. 95

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Expresses a stunning cornucopia of caramel, pineapple, apricots, smoke, molasses, honey, coconut, toast and brown sugar nose, this Bordeaux was intoxicating. This was made better by the rich, decadent, seemingly endless, hedonistic mouth feel. The long finish left memories of a honey drenched, tropical fruit filled creme brulee. Paired with a sweet corn risotto and foie gras, this was off the charts! As a comparison, the 67 was better than a recent bottle of 59 D'Yquem, but not as good as the sublime 75 D'Yquem which remains my favorite vintage

      97 points - Tasted
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  31. 1966 Château d'Yquem

    1. More acid than fruit, more fragrance than flavor, this vintage of Chateau d'Yquem is well past its prime. Unless you're seeking a birth year Sauternes to commemorate a birthday or special occasion, at the prices being asked for this vintage, avoid buying this wine.

      83 points - Tasted
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  32. 1962 Château d'Yquem

    1. Butterscotch, spice, honey, tropical fruit and crème brulee. Rich, sweet, opulent and sensuous, the wine feels great as it flows over your palate with sweet caramel and spicy, tropical fruits. I loved this wine!

      96 points - Tasted
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  33. 1961 Château d'Yquem

    1. With a beautiful color, slightly discernible scents of flowers, spice, pineapple and crème brulee popped up. Too much acidity and not enough fruit after 50 years made this a wine to open if you have it, but pass on buying it if you don't. Stick to 1961 Red Bordeaux.

      83 points - Tasted
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  34. 1959 Château d'Yquem

    1. Deep caramel in color, with a nose of apricot, orange marmalade, toffee, vanilla, bees wax, brown sugar and honey, the wine has exchanged its previous, vibrant, sweet, honeyed yellow fruits for a creme brulee, lemon peel and brown sugar character. Based on this bottle, I'd drink this sooner than later.

      95 points - Tasted
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  35. 1949 Château d'Yquem

    1. 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. Perfectly balanced with the right amount of acidity to give it lift.

      94 points - Tasted
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  36. 1945 Château d'Yquem

    1. In color, this almost 70 year old wine sported copper with orange hues. With time, about 30 minutes, candied orange, caramel, burnt sugar, grilled pineapple, honey and nut aromas rose from the glass to create the perfume. Soft, lush and sweet, the wine leaves a rich trail of caramel corn, brioche, roasted orange, spice, butterscotch, grilled pineapple and vanilla sensations on your palate. It does not have the same level of concentration, complexity or exotic texture found in the legendary 1937, but it's close. This was my first time with this vintage. I hope it’s not going to be my last.

      99 points - Tasted
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  37. 1937 Château d'Yquem

    1. With a deep copper hue, the aromatics are explosive! Chocolate, coffee, crème brulee, orange, caramel, flowers, spice, butterscotch, earth and cocoa are revealed. Silky, velvet drenched layers of orange coated with cocoa and chocolate remain on the palate for well over 60 seconds. Chateau d’Yquem is expensive and some consumers feel when compared to other Sauternes, Chateau d’Yquem is not worth the difference in price. That is because they have never experienced a fully mature vintage of Chateau d’Yquem. At 75 years of age, this wine is still going to improve for another 25-50 or even 75 more years!

      100 points - Tasted
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  38. 1890 Château d'Yquem

    1. Now, this is a bottle you do not see everyday. Carmel in color, the flavors and aromas were focused on burnt sugar, toast, carmel, butterscotch and just a faint whiff of honey. Not much fruit remained. The sugar seems to have gone in the same direction of the fruit as it was mostly gone as well. Still, it was a thrill to hold wine in my glass that was from before the turn of the century. Ooops, make that from before the turn of the century before that!

      70 points - Tasted
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