Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2005 | Wine.com

 

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    Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2005
    Other Dessert - Sauternes and Barsac, Bordeaux, France

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    • WE97
    • WS97
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 97 Wine Spectator, 97 Wine Enthusiast, 92 The Wine Advocate

    Region: Sauternes and Barsac, Bordeaux, France

    Varietal: Other Dessert

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Item no. 103641

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The 2001 vintage of this wine was ranked #10 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2005

    Lovely, brilliant, golden-yellow color. Concentrated nose of apricot compote, dried fruit, and figs with vanilla and floral (jasmine and acacia blossom) aromas. The bouquet opens up after swirling in the glass to reveal extremely fresh citrus zest overtones that emphasize the wine's subtle refinement.

    2005 Yquem starts out deliciously suave and caressing on the palate, with perfect balance. The fresh acidity and elegance complement the wine's restrained power, giving it incredible class.

    There are strong flavors of gingerbread, orange nonette cakes and licorice followed by a gorgeous acid tang that underpins the wine's beautiful, long aftertaste on a par with the chateau's most illustrious vintages. The tremendously varied and complex flavors all seem to vibrate on the same wavelength, melting into a subtle whole.

    Critical Acclaim:

    his has a deliciously pure feel, with juicy, inviting green plum, ginger, heather, creamed pineapple and Jonagold apple flavors all melded together and gliding through the lengthy finish, which echoes with lilting flowers and dried citrus notes. Best from 2015 through 2045. 12,000 cases made.

    97 Points
    Wine Spectator

    This isn’t sweet, but just so wonderfully rich. It’s the concentration of botrytis that makes the wine. The texture is velvet, but with a spicy bite to it. Apricot, honey and marzipan all contribute to a wine that will age over decades.

    97 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Somewhat muted floral aromas of jasmine, orange blossom and honeysuckle over candied pineapple. A waft of anise and some cedar. The palate is quite restrained with well balanced sweetness versus medium to high acidity. Very long finish – a mineral character coming through. Tasted August 2009.

    92 Points
    The Wine Advocate
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