2007 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 375ML
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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
Tasted single blind against its peers. Under blind conditions the Yquem 2007 shines like a diamond. Nevertheless it is initially rather taciturn on the nose eventually opening up beautifully with touches of lemon curd... Tasted single blind against its peers. Under blind conditions the Yquem 2007 shines like a diamond. Nevertheless it is initially rather taciturn on the nose eventually opening up beautifully with touches of lemon curd Mirabelle and clear honey. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine definition and there seems to be a great deal of energy and vigor dispensed for your pleasure. There is such race and nervosity and then that finish just purrs with harmony and focus. This Yquem feels just so alive and vivacious yet there is an effortless quality here that is unmatched by its peers. Tasted January 2011.
WS 96
Wine Spectator, January 2012
This has really started to put on weight with heather and ginger notes emerging from the core of dried pineapple bergamot candied grapefruit rind and mango. Long and creamy through the very rich spicy finish with... This has really started to put on weight with heather and ginger notes emerging from the core of dried pineapple bergamot candied grapefruit rind and mango. Long and creamy through the very rich spicy finish with lingering golden raisin and frangipane notes. Loads of power in reserve as this sports the bold hedonistic profile of the vintage in spades. Best from 2020 through 2050. -JM
IWC 96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2010
Bright golden yellow. Wonderful class and purity of aromas and flavors: pineapple peach nectar fresh apricot minerals mint estery floral oils sexy vanillin oak. Then very sweet and very pure but youthfully tight with... Bright golden yellow. Wonderful class and purity of aromas and flavors: pineapple peach nectar fresh apricot minerals mint estery floral oils sexy vanillin oak. Then very sweet and very pure but youthfully tight with lovely energy and fruity lift to the mid-palate. Subtle saline and mineral notes add nuance. The superb slowly mounting finish combines outstanding finesse with a subtle sense of power. I find this quite understated today partially hiding its underlying structure and racy acidity. But this is a great and wonderfully pure Yquem in the making and likely to evolve in bottle for decades.
JR 95
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, November 2011
Mid bronzy gold. Lovely lift and complexity. Fantastic! Best wine tasted so far (all red otherwise). Great nuance and herbs and so sweet but all kept in great barley-sugar corset with leaves and refreshment on the end... Mid bronzy gold. Lovely lift and complexity. Fantastic! Best wine tasted so far (all red otherwise). Great nuance and herbs and so sweet but all kept in great barley-sugar corset with leaves and refreshment on the end, orange peel. Long, meat and two veg and SO interesting! 18.5/20
JJB 97
JJ Buckley, March 2012
Vibrant youthful gold color with green flecks. Toasted coconut burnt sugar ripe tropical fruits and lemon peel are underscored by a note of wet stone and moderate spicy botrytis on the fantasticaly complex compelling... Vibrant youthful gold color with green flecks. Toasted coconut burnt sugar ripe tropical fruits and lemon peel are underscored by a note of wet stone and moderate spicy botrytis on the fantasticaly complex compelling nose. Wonderfully plump and soft textured loaded with flavors of coconut crème Tahitian vanilla bean and ripe stone fruits transitioning to cloves and spice all wrapped tightly in beautiful acidity that carries this unuctious package through to a long mouthwatering finish. Like a closed flower that needs time to reveal the gold within this will likely need another 10 years before it really hits its stride and will easily last 20+.
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Sauternes
Vintage 2007
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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Chateau d’Yquem holds just under 300 acres of vineyard land on gravelly, well-drained soil, but only uses about 250 to make wine in any given year. The remainder is due to a program of continual replanting which ensures that producing vines are always in their prime. And the vineyard is planted only to Semillion (75%) and Sauvignon Blanc (25%), eschewing Muscadelle which is commonly used in the area but makes less distinguished wine.

Within an hour of harvest, the grapes of Chateau d’Yquem are in the winery and being pressed. Unlike most white wines, quality actually improves with multiple pressings as that extracts more sugar and flavor intensity. Chateau d’Yquem three or four times, with the initial effort yielding about 75% of the total volume.

Chateau d’Yquem does all its fermentation in new French oak barrels. This is unsual for Sauternes, but results in the most flavorful and pristine wine. Although there is variation from one vintage to the next, the typical Chateau d’Yquem wine finishes fermentation at 13.5% alcohol with 150 grams/liter of sugar.

All the barrels age for six to eight months after fermentation. At that point, under-performing barrels are set aside. The remaining barrels go to the aging cellar for 20 months, where they are topped up twice weekly to maintain freshness. For pure flavors and clarity, the wines are also racked 15 times and then fined before the final, blind tasting which determines the blend that will go into bottle.

Although not always very outgoing when young, Chateau d’Yquem 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, with hints of dried fruit (dried apricot, prune, stewed fruit, and marmalade), spice (cinnamon, saffron, and liquorice), and even flowers (lime blossom, etc.). The first impression of Chateau d'Yquem 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). A touch of bitterness can also contribute to the overall harmony.

Winery

Chateau d'Yquem

Sauternes is the best and most sought-after region for dessert wine in Bordeaux, perhaps in all of France. Chateau d’Yquem is the most celebrated of all Sauternes producers.

The history of d’Yquem can be traced back to 1593, when local nobleman Jacques Sauvage became the feudal overseer of the property. The area was already home to late-harvest wines even then, and the Sauvage family moved things forward, creating “modern” vineyards—and the famous chateau—on the unique hill that contributes to d’Yquem’s outstanding quality. In 1711, the Sauvage family became full owners of the property and managed to retain it through the French Revolution.

The quality and reputation of Chateau d’Yquem wine improved as the vineyard was methodically expanded and enhanced. By the late 18th century, it was celebrated internationally and counted Thomas Jefferson among its staunch supporters. But the house continued to innovate and better its practices. The constructed a large, purpose-built cellar for maturation and aging in 1826 and, not long after, began harvesting in multiple passes to optimize fruit quality. This work was rewarded when Chateau d’Yquem was designated the only 1er Cru Superieur dessert wine in the famous 1855 classification of Bordeaux wines.