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90 / 100
Jean-Marc Quarin May - 2014
Jean-Marc Quarin
Copper color. Nose of pumpkin jam with orange zest. Smooth and tense at the same time, evolving aromatic, fat and fruity on a medium length.
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18 / 20
Jancis Robinson April - 2002
Jancis Robinson
Lively, deep orange and tawny. Both grass and sweetness on the very intense nose. Very complete palate. Extremely long and complex with many reverberations. 18 and still climbing
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87 / 100
Wine Spectator May - 1999
Wine Spectator
Thick and ripe, with lots of intense botrytis, dried fruit and caramel character. Dense on the palate, but shows a burning character on the finish--what the French call ranciot--that suggests a slight oxidation.Yquem vertical. Drink now through 2010.
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3 / 5
Michael Broadbent September - 1998
Michael Broadbent
Singed caramel nose and taste, some fat, hot finish.
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Region Bordeaux
Appellation Sauternes
Colour Sweet white wine
Volume 0.75 l
Country France
Château d'Yquem
Château d'Yquem

The Château d'Yquem is an area of 133 hectares including 113 hectares of vineyards, 102 acres operated, south of Bordeaux in Sauternes region that produces a sweet white wine ranked Premier Cru Superior, the only wine from the Sauternes category.

It is considered by many as the best Sauternes. The yield is only 6 hectoliters per hectare and in some years, if the quality is not deemed sufficient, the bottles are not sold under this label.

The wines are characterized by their complexity due to a significant amount of residual sugar and flavorings made by Botrytis cinerea. A relatively high acidity helps offset the sweetness. Another characteristic for which Château d'Yquem is known is his longevity. In good years does present a bottle of his outstanding after one or two decades in a cellar and with care it will keep for a century or more, adding to the complexity...

Since 1959 Chateau d'Yquem produces a dry white wine named "Y" (and before 2004 "Y Lur-Saluces") makes an equal proportion of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. This wine, like great wine is not produced every year. The 2005 vintage was the first vintage of Yquem offered for sale en primeur. 

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