1947 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 750ML

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2015
The 1947 Château d'Yquem is one of the legendary vintages of the 20th century, even if consensus seems to be that it is not quite up there with the monumental 1945. However, it is still a bona fide classic Yquem that... The 1947 Château d'Yquem is one of the legendary vintages of the 20th century, even if consensus seems to be that it is not quite up there with the monumental 1945. However, it is still a bona fide classic Yquem that after almost seven decades is still doling out pleasure. It is certainly deep in color, burnished amber, deeper than the 1945 as I remember it. The nose is ethereal. Since this was tasted blind, I guessed 1950s first and then, by dint of its color, perhaps the 1920s. Once its birth-year was revealed, then it clicked into place as it does remind me of other 1947 Sauternes, in particular Climens. The nose offers quince and rosewater, a touch of wilted rose petals, even crushed strawberry. The palate has the weight and presence of that hot vintage, albeit not the electrifying tension of the 1945. There is more corpulence here, more heft and yet that razor-sharp acidity keeps everything perfectly in place -- maintaining immense freshness and vitality on the sustained finish. It was, and it is, a brilliant Yquem. Tasted November 2015. - Neal Martin
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Sauternes
Vintage 1947