• Chateau d'Yquem 1er Grand Cru Classe Sauternes 2015 375ml 99-100

    Chateau d'Yquem 1er Grand Cru Classe Sauternes 2015 375ml

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    98pts Antonio Galloni's Vinous

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    "The 2015 d'Yquem is without question one of the best wines of the vintage. Just as alluring from bottle as it was from barrel, the 2015 is a wine that engages all of the senses, from the intellectual to the more hedonistic." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    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: "This is an incredible young Yquem that is so vinous like a great vintage of Montrachet but then on the palate it turns to Yquem with spice, dried fruit and mushroom as well as sweet fruit. Lasts for minutes. Acidity is all there giving it a dynamic vibrance that jolts your senses. Special wine. It has a little more than than 140 grams of residual sugar, less than the legendary of 2001. But is very close in greatness. Let’s wait and see." Apr 2016

    Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
    "The 2015 d'Yquem is without question one of the best wines of the vintage. Just as alluring from bottle as it was from barrel, the 2015 is a wine that engages all of the senses, from the intellectual to the more hedonistic. Lilting notes of pineapple, mint, orange peel and white flowers grace the palate, but it is the wine's sense of balance and total harmony that impress most. In 2015, Yquem had its earliest start to the harvest since 1893. Even so, the winemaking team did a magnificent job of preserving freshness. The 2015 was fermented in 100% new oak, and residual sugar is 145 grams per liter, but great wine is never about numbers. Above all else, the 2015 Yquem is a wine of energy and class. Drink 2025-2065. Don't miss it!" Feb 2018

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate
    : "The 2015 Château d'Yquem was scintillating when I tasted it at the property during en primeur last year. A blend of 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc, it delivers 144 grams per liter of residual sugar. Now that the wine is in bottle, that original “show-stopping” bouquet has become more refined. In fact, you could almost describe it as laid back or genteel until it begins to magically unfold and deliver seductive scents of lemon curd, orange pith, freshly opened tins of apricot and wild honey. You would call the aromatics more “pretty” than “powerful,” but of course, it is beautifully defined. The palate is very well balanced with that electric line of acidity intact. It is a little spicier than I recall, with a fresh viscous finish. There is a persistent aftertaste whereby the mouth tingles some 60 seconds after the wine has departed. Maybe I was being optimistic when I suggested that it might rank alongside the regal 2001 and 2009. The 2015 Yquem does not belong in that hallowed company. But it is a prince to that king and that queen. Tasted September 2017. Drink 2023-2070." Sep 2017

    Wine Spectator: "Fresh-cut orange, peach and nectarine notes lead the way, followed by lightly singed almond and warm piecrust notes. Then another wave of green fig, warmed pear and coconut takes over on the finish. Rich and honeyed in feel, with obvious power, balanced by an energy in the inner core that should help this cruise in the cellar for some time. Best from 2020 through 2050." Mar 2018 
    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