Château d'Yquem Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2019

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very volatile, smells of insecticide, vibrant acidity in the mouth offers excellent balnce to the, no doubt, high level of rs. Really quite lithe o... Read more

Exquisitely refined apricot nectar with overtones of honey on the nose and in both the flavour and texture. (This delightful apricot theme becomes... Read more

If this isn't a 100 point wine, I don't know what is. I am by no means an experienced Sauternes taster, but this just showed soooo much complexity ... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Château d'Yquem Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065211,094
3.50 5
Vintage: 1997 09/22/2008

very volatile, smells of insecticide, vibrant acidity in the mouth offers excellent balnce to the, no doubt, high level of rs. Really quite lithe on the palate notes of honey, roasted nuts, and dried fruits, papaya, pineapple and apricot but this wine is hot, hot, hot and it was served at about 65F. Between the volatility and heat this is only good at best.


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Snooth User: Greg Munyard
21670225
5.00 5
Vintage: 2003 07/17/2009

Exquisitely refined apricot nectar with overtones of honey on the nose and in both the flavour and texture. (This delightful apricot theme becomes subdued if the wine is too chilled but quickly arises again as the wine warms up). Incredibly silky and unctuous palate. As smooth as glass but with a beautiful citrussy edge on the finish that stops it being cloying despite its wonderful intensity and texture. A voluptuous and superbly balanced work of art. Taste is sheer beauty. Lip-licking sweetness and intensity. Almost indescribably complex. Apricots, honey, cumquat marmalade and so much more. Glorious flavours that linger for minutes and minutes in typical Yquem fashion. Initially seemed far too good to drink with a dessert, and instead deserving of its own time. However, the flavours build so powerfully in the mouth that, on sharing a second bottle on the following day, it was apparent that this Yquem benefited from a small serve of subtle lemon tart to cut some of its overwhelming flavour build up. An almost divine experience. Greg Munyard - July 2009


Snooth User: Bob Fyke
14138942,303
5.00 5
Vintage: 2001 12/24/2012

If this isn't a 100 point wine, I don't know what is. I am by no means an experienced Sauternes taster, but this just showed soooo much complexity and magic, that I don't know how it could improve.The wonder is that it WILL improve for decades to come. The Nose: carmel popcorn, coconut, spicy tartness, apricot and much more that I could not put a handle on. All presenting in a subtle and unassuming wave of aroma. The Palate: Weightless and thick at the same time. Carmel, Apricot, orange peel & honey with an incredibly long finish of honey sweetened croissant. Along with all of this, there is a backbone of good acid to tie it together. Every facet of this wine flowed seamlessly into the next.


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
4.50 5
Vintage: 2001 05/15/2009

Nose: flowery, very honeyed, pears, light raisin. Greenish straw color. Medium thickness. Honey, but not at all raisiny. Flowers, incredibly rich and luscious. Perfect acidity. Mouth-coating! Lavender? Apricot. Huge, but subtle. Lt banana. I'm not worthy. $300/375ml


Snooth User: Quentin4
209779205
0.00 5
Vintage: 2001 04/03/2010

One could spend hours just looking at it. Beautiful golden and orange colour of a youthful wine, starting a long and promising life. With just a gentle swirl for a minute at least, it opens up in the glass and only then you can take a deep smell. Explosion of lemon and orange zest, honey, peach, apricot... so much, it's difficult to recognise them all! The nose is thrilling, it gives you a hint how incredible this wine will be on the palate... The first sip is also overwhelming with flavours and aromas, with more honey, peach, pineapple and then layers of light spices... The sweetness is simply perfectly balanced with the acidity that seems to help the whole structure to stand on the upper part of the mouth. The finish is still in its very early days, but the lasting is luscious, lingering and 'sensual'. I found a stunning feminine touch in this Yquem. Absolutely amazing! QC


0.00 5
Vintage: 2001 07/22/2008

The 2001 is the best Yquem in living memory. In the glass the wine is a striking golden colour with tints of green. After some period of decanting the nose comes forward in spades pouring forth honey and almonds, with cream and pineapples in support.


Snooth User: Greg Munyard
21670225
5.00 5
Vintage: 2001 10/10/2010

I’ve had many, many Yquems but this is by far the best (although I haven’t tried the 1967). Colour is bright but pale gold, showing no signs of age. The nose is very intense and penetrating, with a beautiful amalgam of honeyed orange blossom, pineapple and marmaladey desserts aromas. The palate is spectacular. Very complex, very intense but tightly coiled with fantastic acidity which makes it really bright and lifted, without being mouth puckering. It tastes like dried apricots crushed up and blended with honey, mango, orange marmalade and citrus hints that give it a beautiful cut and amazing persistence, while being beautifully refined and vital. Is by far the longest palate I have ever experienced. Reminded me somewhat of sipping Grand Marnier, with some of that mouth filling sensation and lift – albeit more subtley - long after being swallowed. Incredibly, I could still taste hints of it more than 20 minutes later. Yet, despite its concentration and intensity, it dances on the palate and is lively and remarkably refreshing. The best balanced wine I have ever drunk and the most enjoyable wine I have ever drunk. Wow!


Snooth User: zland77
4518566
5.00 5
Vintage: 2001 05/16/2010

Liquid silk meets liquid orgasm.


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External Reviews for Château d'Yquem Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes

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Source: SoDivin
05/06/2009

1er Cru Classé Supérieur


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 1988 is a more backward-styled Yquem than the 1989, built along the lines of the extraordinary 1975. With a honeyed, smoky, orange/coconut/pineapple-scented nose, this powerful wine possesses full body, layers of highly concentrated, extracted flavors, considerable botrytis, and a sensational finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A sensational Yquem, 1997 may be this estatersquo;s finest effort since 1990 (although I would not discount the 1996 turning out to be nearly as good). The 1997rsquo;s light gold color is accompanied a gorgeous perfume of caramel, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and smoky wood. Full-bodied and unctuously-textured, with good underlying acidity as well as loads of sweetness and glycerin, it looks to be a great vintage for this renowned Sauternes estate. Anticipated maturity: 2005ndash;2055.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Compared with the flamboyant aromatics of the 1997, Yquemrsquo;s 1996 plays it closer to the vest, although there is a lot going on. Light gold with a tight but promising nose of roasted hazelnuts intermixed with creme brulee, vanilla beans, honey, orange marmalade, and peaches, this medium to full-bodied offering reveals loads of power in its restrained, measured personality. There is admirable acidity, weight, texture, and purity in this impeccably made Yquem. However, patience will be a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2012ndash;2060.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Extremely concentrated, yet subtle. Aromas of honey and spices, with an intense botrytis nose. Full-bodied, thick and fruity, with orange peel and lemon rind character. Medium sweetness. Balanced, yet thick and backward. Reminds me of the harmonious 1990 mdash; certainly the best since then. Best after 2008.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Truly superb. Yellow with a gold hue. Intense spice, honey and dried orange peel aromas. Full-bodied, very sweet and very alive. Vibrant Sauternes that goes on and on on the palate. Doesnrsquo;t get much better than this. Beautiful now,but wait. Best after 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

An extraordinary effort in this powerful, blockbuster vintage, Yquemrsquo;s 1990 is the richest of the fabulous triogy of superb sweet wine vintages in Bordeaux: 1988, 1989, 1990. This wine also possesses more elegance and finesse than many 1990s at least at this early stage of their development. The winersquo;s medium gold color is accompanied by an exceptionally sweet nose of honeyed tropical fruits, peaches, coconut, and apricots. High quality, subtle toasty oak is well-integrated. The wine is massive on the palate, with layers of intensely ripe botrytis-tinged, exceptionally sweet fruit. Surprisingly well-integrated acidity, and a seamless, full-bodied power and richness have created a wine of remarkable harmony and purity. It may mature at a quicker pace than the 1989, 1988, or 1986, but all of these wines will easily pass their half-century birthdays in splendid condition. An awesome Yquem! Anticipated maturity: 2003ndash;2050+.


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Winemaker's Notes:

1er Cru Classé Supérieur

<p>Made from Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes, the Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Reserve is matured 12 months on the racks. &nbsp;It is crisp and acidic, with aromas of apricot and cinnamon.</p>

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