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2008 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Blend

  • Sauternes Blend
  • 375ML
  • WA96
  • ST95
  • GB95
  • WS94

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WA96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2013
Tasted single blind against its peers. The Yquem 2008 is easy to spot in a blind line-up: it is (to quote Tina Turner) simply the best. It has a subtle delicate but very pretty bouquet with fine definition and astounding... Tasted single blind against its peers. The Yquem 2008 is easy to spot in a blind line-up: it is (to quote Tina Turner) simply the best. It has a subtle delicate but very pretty bouquet with fine definition and astounding minerality. The palate is beautifully poised tense and tightly coiled on the entry and then it just explodes in the mouth with pure unbridled joyous botrytized fruit struck through with a silver thread of acidity. It displays exemplary tension and freshness along with great persistency in the mouth. This is an outstanding Sauternes 2008 and another impressive Yquem. Tasted January 2012. -Neal Martin
ST95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2013
Bright light gold. Ripe cling peach fresh apricot spices coconut minerals and white flowers on the nose with a note of vanillin oak emerging with air; subdued but wonderfully pure and precise. At once thick and light on... Bright light gold. Ripe cling peach fresh apricot spices coconut minerals and white flowers on the nose with a note of vanillin oak emerging with air; subdued but wonderfully pure and precise. At once thick and light on its feet showing an utterly seamless texture and compelling sweetness but also lovely inner-mouth tension thanks to its suave acidity and underlying minerality. The new oak element is in harmony with the wine's fruit already. Really dusts the palate on the back end and builds inexorably. The explosive finish leaves behind a perfumed spice character. The clear star in my 2008 tasting.
GB95
Geoffrey Binder - JJ Buckley, January 2013
Vibrant light gold color. Shows high-toned aromas of lemon peel toasted coconut spice and Madagascar vanilla bean. Good weight on entry and a rich palate-coating texture with flavors of creme brulee lemon custard ripe... Vibrant light gold color. Shows high-toned aromas of lemon peel toasted coconut spice and Madagascar vanilla bean. Good weight on entry and a rich palate-coating texture with flavors of creme brulee lemon custard ripe pineapple and a nice complement of botrytis spice. A moderate perception of sweetness gives way to focused refreshing acidity. Though still very young and taut this shows good depth with well-delineated flavors and excellent potential.
WS94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2013
Beautiful lemon cream chamomile and fried pineapple notes with a refreshing almost floral edge running along as well. Creamy coconut and green plum notes fill in on the finish which has admirable length. A restrained... Beautiful lemon cream chamomile and fried pineapple notes with a refreshing almost floral edge running along as well. Creamy coconut and green plum notes fill in on the finish which has admirable length. A restrained lighter style with lovely precision. Drink now through 2035. 10000 cases made. -JM

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