“The 2009 is utterly fabulous and decadent, a star that will blaze brightly and undimmed for many years. Drink now-2060+” -Neil Martin
“This is an extraordinary wine in an extraordinary year in Sauternes.” -Wine Enthusiast
“The rock-solid structure and through-the-roof opulence here is simply mind blowing. Pure perfection.” -Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The big, concentrated, decadently rich palate is fantastically balanced, with a laser-precise line of freshness cutting through the tightly wound layers, finishing very long, with loads of citrusy sparks.” -Lisa Perotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
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.
This is one of the all-time greatest Sauternes ever made. Four scores of 100-points (five if you count wine writer John Gilman). A truly perfect bottle of wine. Unfortunately, quantities are incredibly limited.
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100 Points,Lisa Perotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
A blend of 80% Semillion and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, with 155 grams per liters of residual sugar, the 2009 Yquem has a pale to medium straw-gold color. It waltzes out with gregarious notions of key lime pie, orange blossoms and juicy white peaches, followed by suggestions of ginger ale, wet pebbles and allspice. The big, concentrated, decadently rich palate is fantastically balanced, with a laser-precise line of freshness cutting through the tightly wound layers, finishing very long, with loads of citrusy sparks.
100 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
Pale to medium gold colored, the 2009 d’Yquem bursts from the glass with gregarious crème caramel, allspice, dried apricots, mandarin peel and pineapple upside down cake scents plus a fragrant undercurrent of fungi, acacia honey, candied ginger, musk perfume and frangipani. Full-bodied and full-on hedonic in the mouth, the rich, tightly wound layers are still amazingly youthful with bags of citrus sparks and an incredibly long, perfumed finish. Possessing a residual sugar of 157 grams per liter and 13.6% alcohol as well as a laser-focused line of freshness, the rock-solid structure and through-the-roof opulence here is simply mind blowing. Pure perfection.
100 Points, Neil Martin – Vinous
The 2009 Chateau d’Yquem is one showstopper of a wine and perhaps it is only in a vertical that you realize this is up there among the legendary wines of the past – the 2001 included. It has a wonderful nose that expresses the Semillon component majestically: heady aromas of lemon curd, nectarine, jasmine and honeysuckle that all gain momentum in the glass. The oak is supremely well-integrated. The palate is extremely well-balanced with an unctuous entry. You are immediately knocked sideways by the palpable weight and volume in the mouth, which is almost “bulbous,” with layer upon layer of heavily botrytized fruit. It builds to a spicy finish with hints of marzipan and pralines in the background that lend it an untrammeled sense of exoticism. The 2009 is utterly fabulous and decadent, a star that will blaze brightly and undimmed for many years. Drink now-2060+
100 Points, Wine Enthsuiast
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.
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