In 1593, the Sauvage family bought this estate which came into the Lur Saluces patrimony. It has never changed ownership, and has produced the world’s greatest dessert wine for centuries. But Sauternes is more than just a dessert wine, the finest Sauternes are magical– displaying flavors of exotic dried tropical fruit, candied apricot, dried citrus peel, honey or ginger with wonderful depth and length. When it comes to Sauternes, everyone can agree since Thomas Jefferson did, there is one estate that stands out amongst them all, Chateau d’Yquem.
The 2005 Yquem starts out incredibly welcoming with seductive aromas. The mouthfeel offers perfect balance with fresh acidity and elegance complimenting the wine’s power and giving it grace. It’s crazy good right now, but I think I will agree with Lisa Perotti-Brown, who said in her 97-pt review of this classic wine, “This decadent flavor bomb still needs a good five to seven years in bottle before it is set to go off, but oh what a spectacle it will give then!” From what it’s already showing, this can be one special bottle for Sauternes collectors.
97 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The pale to medium lemon-gold colored 2005 d’Yquem opens with a provocative, mineral and earth-tinged nose of chalk dust, wet pebbles and dried wild mushrooms over a core of warm apricots, green mango, honeyed toast, ginger and pink grapefruit plus wafts of honeycomb, orange blossoms and saffron. The palate confirms the wine is still a little closed and shut down, offering achingly gorgeous glimpses at the tightly wound, intricate layers structured with a racy acid line and wonderfully creamy texture, finishing incredibly long and perfumed. This decadent flavor bomb still needs a good five to seven years in bottle before it is set to go off, but oh what a spectacle it will give then!
97 Points, Wine Spectator
This has a deliciously pure feel, with juicy, inviting green plum, ginger, heather, creamed pineapple and Jonagold apple flavors all melded together and gliding through the lengthy finish, which echoes with lilting flowers and dried citrus notes. Best from 2015 through 2045.
97 Points, Wine Enthusiast