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    Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (Futures Pre-sale) 2010

    Ratings

    • WE98
    • RP98
    Price: $719.00
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 98 The Wine Advocate, 98 Wine Enthusiast, 97 James Suckling, 96 Wine Spectator

    Region: Sauternes and Barsac, Bordeaux, France

    Varietal: Other Dessert

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Item no. 109534

    Winemaker's Notes:

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

    Discovering Chateau d'Yquem starts with the bouquet. Although not always very outgoing in young vintages, it is marked by fruit (apricot, mandarin, and occasionally tropical fruit) and oak (vanilla and toasty aromas). Older vintages, on the other hand, have an extraordinarily complex fragrance as soon as the bottle is opened.

    The bouquet is amazingly subtle, with hints of dried fruit (dried apricot, prune, stewed fruit, and marmalade), spice (cinnamon, saffron, and licorice), and even flowers (linden blossom, etc.).

    The first impression on the palate is always very silky, and often sumptuous. It then fills out, "coating the palate." This fine wine has a strong, but never overbearing character, with great elegance and poise. It always maintains a balance between sugar and acidity (sweetness and freshness).

    Critical Acclaim:

    Picked predominantly over 10 days from October 14, the 2010 d'Yquem has 141gms/L residual sugar and pH 3.80. It is a slow-burner, the nose understated at first but unfurling with each passing moment with subtle scents of freshly sliced apricots, Clementine, clear honey and white flowers. There is an underlying minerality that really defines this bouquet. The palate is similar to the nose, revealing hidden facets with almost each swirl of the glass – orange blossom, limestone, white peach and honeysuckle. This is such a precise d'Yquem; it is after you have swallowed the wine that one comprehends just how brilliant it is.
    Barrel Sample: 96-98 Points

    98 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Impressively balanced, with the fruit rich, intense with a golden glow. The acidity is as important as the freshness, giving a delicious lift to the core of dry, concentrated botrytis. Obviously a great wine for long-term aging in a great Sauternes year.
    Barrel Sample: 96-98 Points

    98 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    The purity of Botrytis in this wine is so impressive with dried fruits such apple and mango. And then spicy character. Full body and very sweet but it is incredibly fresh and lively. Such class and elegance. Perfectly manicured wine. Everything in the right place. This shows a delicacy and intensity that are spellbinding.

    97 Points
    James Suckling

    Tropical and inviting, with lush mango, fig and papaya aromas followed by pineapple and creamed banana. The long tangerine finish is flattering and very open now, but the length is clearly there.
    Barrel Sample: 93-96 Points

    96 Points
    Wine Spectator
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