95-100 / 100
95-100 / 100
Label Slightly damaged
Level Mid-shoulder ( - )
Note from the chateau: A very hot year, punctuated by well-distributed rainy episodes during spring and autumn. A very fast harvest, 4 selections which are linked under 30°, each time followed by a new contamination, harvests which end in mid-October; a vintage marked by early and rapid harvests, a style devoted to very great wines, as confirmed by Yquem 1959.
CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION 1959
REPAIRE DU HAUT THEULET Vieux Cru 1959
GELAS ET FILS Vieil Armagnac 1959
BUCALOSSI Chianti Classico 1959
Morey Saint Denis
(12-2011) Beautiful brown colour. Splendid nose, very aromatic, perserved orange. Extraordinary mouth, round, very rich with a beautiful acidity. The result of the vintage is very clear because at more than 50 years old it has not yet 'eaten its sugar'. An infinite length in the mouth. This wine has attained perfection.
(03-2002) Rich, apricot and lime blossom bouquet of great depth ; sweet, powerful, its flesh and fat balanced by its excellent acidity. A hot, dry finish with a touch of caramel.
(01-2010) Great wine at its peak but showing no sign of fading. Tawny with a greenish tinge at the rim. Gloriously tangy. 120 g/l. Great balance with some gunpowder and smokiness. It was extremely hot when the grapes were picked. Amazing that it's as good as it is in an era that pre-dates sophisticated temperature control. Extremely rich with notes of dried fruits. Great balnce with strong dried citrus peel notes. Vital. Slightly more pronounced acidity than another bottle I was lucky enough to try late last year in London.
(09-2021) When Chateau d'Yquem is young, the wine has competition from some of the other top producers in the appellation. But as the wine ages, that is when the rubber hits the road, as Yquem clearly pulls ahead of the competition. Here you find a deep golden, mahogany hue with an ethereal perfume consisting of roasted apricots, burnt caramel, butterscotch, marmalade, overripe pineapple, and nuts, topped with honey. There is blistering acidity that provides lift to the layers of honeyed, caramel topped yellow and orange spiced fruits on the palate. The seamless finish starts off strong, picks up steam, and keeps on going. There is no reason that well-stored bottles cannot age another 30-40 years and maybe more!
(05-1999) Classic, exciting Yquem. Silky, creamy and round, yet armed with plenty of intense botrytized flavors--dried apricot, raisin, dried fig. Full-bodied, with caramel and butterscotch complexity, it ends on a very intense finish. Drink now through 2050.