Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2001

$799.95

SKU 1429

750ml

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Beautiful brilliant golden colour. Concentrated bouquet of ripe fruit (mirabelle plum, apricot, and mango) and dried fruit (fig, raisin, and quince), followed by hints of white fruit(pear and vine peach) and spicy nuances (saffron, curry, toasty aromas, fresh mint, and eucalptus). This vintage's bouquet has a rare subtlety that can only increase with age. The wine starts off sumptuously on the palate, with uncommon volume and body. It is tremendously suave and well structured, providing an intense tasting pleasure for which the keywords are balance, opulence and refinement.
Category Dessert Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Sauternes
Brand Chateau d'Yquem
Alcohol/vol 13.6%
  • ws100

Wine SpectatorThe greatest young Yquem I have ever tasted from bottle. Yellow, with a golden hue and an almost green tint. Intense aromas of botrytis, spices and blanched almonds follow through to honey, maple syrup, dried apricot and pineapple. Full-bodied, sweet, thick and powerful, with layers of fruit and a bright, lively finish. Coats the palate yet remains exciting. So balanced and refined, showing the pedigree that only this Sauternes estate can deliver. Best after 2012. 10,000 cases made.

James Suckling, November 15, 2005
  • wa100

Wine AdvocateThere are 10,000 cases of this perfect sweet white Bordeaux. The 2001 Yquem reveals a hint of green in its light gold color. While somewhat reticent aromatically, with airing, it offers up honeyed tropical fruit, orange marmalade, pineapple, sweet creme brulee, and buttered nut-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied with gorgeously refreshing acidity as well as massive concentration and unctuosity. Everything is uplifted and given laser-like focus by refreshing acidity. This large-scaled, youthful Yquem appears set to take its place among the most legendary vintages of the past, and will age effortlessly for 75+ years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2100+.

Robert Parker, April 2005