Chateau d'Yquem 1er Grand Cru Classe Sauternes 2016 375ml

Original Price $315.00
Current Price $199.97

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99pts James Suckling
99pts Jeb Dunnuck
98+Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate
It takes one vine to produce one glass of Yquem. Probably one of the many reasons it's largely regarded as the finest sweet wine the world has to offer.

In the Sauvage family for over 4 centuries, a winery for 2 of them, Ch̢teau d'Yquem has distinguished itself as the pre-eminent maker of 1er Grand Cru Class̩ Sauternes. Many believe that the only Sauternes an Yquem may be judged against is another vintage of Yquem. Not only are the winemakers highly skilled and knowledgeable, since its inception in 1959, there have only been 33 vintage released. They're rabidly finicky. The lesson: if you can get your hands on any bottle of Chateau d'Yquem 1er Grand cru class̩ Sauternes, you should.

James Suckling: "A very classic Yquem. Breathtakingly wide spectrum of floral honey, exotic fruit (passion fruit, mango and pineapple), caramel and marzipan aromas. But none of this is a jot too much. In fact, the wine is extremely precise and finely nuanced. Wonderful freshness and textural complexity, in spite of the considerable concentration and extravagance. Very suave and sensual finish that goes on and on. Drink or hold." Feb 2019

Jeb Dunnuck:"
The 2016 Chateau D’Yquem is pure magic and dessert wines don’t get much better. Offering a pale gold color as well as a blockbuster bouquet of honeyed tangerines, tart apricots, liquid rocks, white flowers, and honeysuckle, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, an opulent texture, vibrant acidity, and again, an incredible sense of minerality, despite having no shortage of sweetness or richness. The 2016 is a classic blend of 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon that hit 14.2% alcohol with 135 grams of residual sugar. It’s already complex and approachable yet will keep for 3-4 decades. Maturity: 2019 - 2054."

Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate
: "Containing 135 grams per liter of residual sugar, the pale lemon-gold colored 2016 d'Yquem leaps from the glass with honeyed apricots, pineapple, green mango, crushed rocks, candied ginger, coriander seed and citrus peel with hints of orange blossom. The palate is very tightly wound, vibrant and refreshing with layer upon layer of minerals and spices, finishing with epic poise and persistence. Drink date: 2024 - 2064." Mar 2019
Bottle: 375ml, cork
Varietal: 75% Semillon, 25% Sauvignon Blanc
Aging: 42 months in new oak barrels
Alcohol: ~14.0%
Residual Sugar: 144g/L
Region: Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
Original Price $315.00
Current Price $199.97

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