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2011 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Blend

  • Sauternes Blend
  • 750ML
  • WS99
  • GB99
  • JS98
  • ST97
  • WA96
  • JR95

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WS99
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2013
A lovely, creamy, tropical style, with mango, papaya and guava notes lending a caressing feel, while singed almond and warm piecrust accents blossom through the lush finish. Just when you think that's all there is... A lovely, creamy, tropical style, with mango, papaya and guava notes lending a caressing feel, while singed almond and warm piecrust accents blossom through the lush finish. Just when you think that's all there is, toasted coconut, fig, orange blossom and persimmon details kick in, lending length and dimension. The finish is ridiculously long. Best from 2020 through 2060. – JM
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.
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.
ST97
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2013
Bright yellow-gold. Captivating nose is marked by sexy lemony botrytis white peach mango guava and saffron. Enters the mouth very dense but remarkably vibrant and pristine thanks to lively acidity then turns richer and... Bright yellow-gold. Captivating nose is marked by sexy lemony botrytis white peach mango guava and saffron. Enters the mouth very dense but remarkably vibrant and pristine thanks to lively acidity then turns richer and more unctuous in the mid-palate displaying knockout flavors of fresh tropical fruit white peach white flowers beeswax and wet stone. The finish is pure and extremely long. This amazing young Yquem one of the finest in the last dozen years perfectly combines elements of the fresher more refined Yquems of the recent Dubourdieu years with the more exotic opulent personality of the wines made under Alexandre de Lur Saluces. The harvest began on September 6 (only in 1893 did it begin earlier) with the young sauvignon blanc vines and even some semillon to preserve freshness. There were four tries in total ending on October 5. General Manager Pierre Lurton told me that picking practically all the botrytized grapes very quickly in September was the key to guaranteeing a pure fresh botrytis component. Sandrine Garbay who has been maitre de chai at d'Yquem for 18 years also believes this to be one of the top Yquems in recent memory though it really doesn't remind her of any previous Yquem vintage with possible exception of the 2001.
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

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