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2011 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Blend

  • Sauternes Blend
  • 375ML
  • GB99
  • WS99
  • JS98
  • ST98
  • WA96
  • JR95

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GB99
Geoffrey Binder - JJ Buckley, January 2013
80% semillon 20% sauvignon blanc. Barrel fermented and aged in 100% new oak. Vibrant orange gold color. A powerful but tightly wound nose of orange rind citrus white flowers cloves and saffron. This is exceptionally... 80% semillon 20% sauvignon blanc. Barrel fermented and aged in 100% new oak. Vibrant orange gold color. A powerful but tightly wound nose of orange rind citrus white flowers cloves and saffron. This is exceptionally complex and powerful hitting the palate with a luxurious texture undercut by vivacious crisp acidity. This shows loads of ripe stone fruit quince and mango flavors along with a background snap of ginger all enfolded in striking chalky minerality. Drink now and over the next 30 years.
WS99
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2013
Blazingly pure with pineapple white peach yellow apple and melon flavors that are remarkably light on their feet. Blanched ginger root cherry blossom and light citrus notes dance through the finish. Displays awesome range... Blazingly pure with pineapple white peach yellow apple and melon flavors that are remarkably light on their feet. Blanched ginger root cherry blossom and light citrus notes dance through the finish. Displays awesome range and purity in a very stylish frame. Tasted non-blind.-J.M.
JS98
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 2013
Crazy minerality to this, with lots of dried mango, pineapple and papaya on the nose. Botrytis-spice and nutmeg undertones. Full body, very sweet, with superb depth of fruit and richness. It goes on for minutes. Turns... Crazy minerality to this, with lots of dried mango, pineapple and papaya on the nose. Botrytis-spice and nutmeg undertones. Full body, very sweet, with superb depth of fruit and richness. It goes on for minutes. Turns dense and concentrated on the palate. Speechless. Better in 2019.
ST98
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2013
Luminous golden yellow. Cool, pure aromas of white peach, honeyed mango, guava nectar, white flowers and saffron are complicated by elements of crushed stone and spicy lemony botrytis. Suave and intensely flavored, with... Luminous golden yellow. Cool, pure aromas of white peach, honeyed mango, guava nectar, white flowers and saffron are complicated by elements of crushed stone and spicy lemony botrytis. Suave and intensely flavored, with mineral-spiced apple, mango, passion fruit and grapefruit flavors offering outstanding purity, precision, and depth. The brisk but harmonious acidity gives this great Sauternes a penetrating quality and provides a powerful spine to the very deep flavors, making it seem less opulent than it really is. This Yquem has the depth of the 2007 but boasts even greater purity and focus. Finishes bright and extremely long, with repeating suggestions of white flowers and lemony botrytis. Though it lacks the depth of the 2001 or the opulence of the 2009 at a similar stage of development, this is one of my favorite young Yquems ever: it will age spectacularly well.
WA96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2013
Served from an ex-chateau bottle. Bottled in October 2013, the 2011 Chateau d’Yquem is reticent at first, a little stage fright perhaps. It soon recovers and offers gorgeous scents with fresh white peach, nectarine... Served from an ex-chateau bottle. Bottled in October 2013, the 2011 Chateau d’Yquem is reticent at first, a little stage fright perhaps. It soon recovers and offers gorgeous scents with fresh white peach, nectarine and fresh apricot that are beautifully defined, although there is a veneer of new oak that will need to be subsumed. The palate is well-balanced with superb structure. There is a light spiciness here with great symmetry, and although there is not the persistency of a top flight Yquem, it has a penetration that is compelling. Tasted March 2014. - Neal Martin
JR95
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson, January 2013
Tasted from a very precocious sample of this wine in bottle. It may well have been a bit shocked by the bottling process as it seemed a little lighter than some Yquems but there were fascinating notes of citrus and summer... Tasted from a very precocious sample of this wine in bottle. It may well have been a bit shocked by the bottling process as it seemed a little lighter than some Yquems but there were fascinating notes of citrus and summer flowers as well as the usual ripe pears. 18.5/20