Château d'Yquem Sauternes 2013 375ml
Sauternes is different from other sweet wines for two reasons. First of all, Sauternes has a unique interplay of soil, topography and microclimate which promotes the regular growth of Botrytis cinerea perhaps more than anywhere else. Second, the vineyards are harvested in several "waves" in order to pick only the most botrytised grapes each time.
|Type||Dessert, Sherry & Port|
|Varietal(s)||Sauvignon Blanc Semillon|
Wine Spectator – Lush already, this is loaded with mango, creamed peach and papaya flavors, as well as creamed melon and yellow apple fruit. The finish shows almond and meringue notes, with a bright floral chamomile thread. This has a youthful kick on the finish that should settle in. The purity is undeniable, the length extraordinary. Another classic in the making.-Tasted non-blind. 95-98 points
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – Firstly, you notice the color, which is a touch deeper than recent vintages at this stage. The bouquet is quite honeyed and rich for Yquem at this early juncture, with subtle scents of peach skin, white flowers, and a puff of chalk and frangipane. The palate is viscous on the entry, all about the texture at first, coating the mouth with luscious botrytized fruit. There are touches of Seville orange marmalade, fresh apricot, a hint of spice and passion fruit. This is imbued with impressive depth and weight, perhaps an Yquem that is determined to make an impression after last year's absence. It might not possess the finesse of a top flight Yquem, but it has immense power and persistency. 95-97 points
In a mixed or straight case: $481.64