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2008 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Blend

  • Sauternes Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA96
  • ST95
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  • GB

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WA96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
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, May 2012
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... 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.
WS94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2012
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. 10,000 cases made. -JM
GB
Geoffrey Binder - JJ Buckley, March 2012
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... 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.

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