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Panier0 Articlesprimeurs» Bordeaux Primeurs Yquem 2008
Yquem is widely acknowledged as the greatest sweet wine producer on the planet. However, what few people realize is that they also make tiny amounts of a dry white called Y (pronounced Ee-grec in French) in vintages when conditions permit. A blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, the grapes come from the same vineyards used in d'Yquem's famous sweet wine. Since its first vintage in 1959, it has only been produced 24 times. Not only is Y among the greatest dry white wines in France when it is young, it also has outstanding aging potential, gradually developing a multi-faceted elegance.
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Nestled in the southeasy of Bordeaux, Château d’Yquem is the world’s most sought after dessert wine – the benchmark by which all other dessert wines are judged.
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In 1593, the Sauvage family acquired Château d'Yquem, which came into the Lur Saluces family when Francoise Joséphine de Sauvage married Count Louis Amédée de Lur Saluces in 1785. Count Alexandre de Lur Saluces perpetuated his family's tradition as manager of Château d'Yquem for more than 35 years. His efforts were guided by a single philosophy: an uncompromising approach to the highest quality, vintage after vintage. Thanks to his determination, this great wine's reputation reached new heights. All famous wine lovers, from Jefferson to Tognini, by way of Grand Duke Constantine of Russia, confirmed Yquem's greatness as the years went on. In May 2004, L.V.M.H. / Louis Vuitton - Moët Hennessy, main shareholders of Château d'Yquem since 1999, asked Pierre Lurton to take over management of the estate. Member of a famous Bordeaux wine family, this passionate winemaker and viticulturalist, who is also in charge of Château Cheval Blanc in Saint-Emilion and Cheval des Andes in Argentina, has all the necessary qualities to maintain Yquem's legendary reputation with a respect for tradition and an openness to modernity.
Coming in with 139 degrees residual sugar and a pH of 4.75, this is an Yquem that is unequivocally top of the pile in 2008. A light straw color with green tints in the glass. The bouquet is just wonderful, very perfumed with aromas of apricot, acacia... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Sauternes Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Chateau d'Yquem 6000ml
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 gr... Wine Enthusiast. A Sauternes Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Chateau d'Yquem 750ml
Bright light gold. Ripe cling peach fresh apricot spices coconut minerals and white flowers on the nose with a note of vanillin oak emerging with air; subdued but wonderfully pure and precise. At once thick and light on its feet showing an utterly seamless texture and compelling sweetness but also lovely inner-mouth tension thanks to its suave acidity and underlying minerality. The new oak element is in harmony with the wine s fruit already. Really dusts the palate on the back end and
Vibrant light gold color. Shows high-toned aromas of lemon peel toasted coconut spice and Madagascar vanilla bean. Good weight on entry and a rich palate-coating texture with flavors of creme brulee lemon custard ripe pineapple and a nice complement of botrytis spice. A moderate perception of sweetness gives way to focused refreshing acidity. Though still very young and taut this shows good depth with well-delineated flavors and excellent potential. Geoffrey Binder.
Tasted single blind against its peers. The Yquem 2008 is easy to spot in a blind line-up: it is (to quote Tina Turner) simply the best. It has a subtle, delicate but very pretty bouquet with fine definition and astounding minerality. The palate is beautifully poised, tense and tightly coiled on the entry and then it just explodes in the mouth with pure, unbridled, joyous botrytized fruit struck through with a silver thread of acidity. It displays exemplary tension and freshness, along with great persistency in the mouth. This is an outstanding Sauternes 2008 and another impressive Yquem. Tasted January 2012.
Beautiful lemon cream, chamomile and fried pineapple notes, with a refreshing, almost floral edge running along as well. Creamy coconut and green plum notes fill in on the finish, which has admirable length. A restrained, lighter style, with lovely precision. Drink now through 2035. 10,000 cases made.