2013 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Blend

Sauternes Blend - 750ML
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JS 98 JL 98 WE 98 WS 98 WA 96 DC 95 VN 92
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, February 2016

Bright aromas of sliced mango, papaya, botrytis, and lemon follow through to a full body, medium sweet and phenolic palate that gives the wine structure and beauty. Electric acidity and freshness yet an impressive energy...
JL 98

TheWineCellarInsider.com, July 2017

Everything you want in a sweet wine is here. The vibrant acidity, layers of ripe and overripe tropical fruit, ladles of honey and freshness in the finish, which just keeps on going.
WE 98

Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

(WE96-98 points) The beautifully aromatic, honeyed scent leads into flavors of bitter orange and honey, along with extreme freshness. Notes of white peach and Rocha pear give richness to a wine that is not huge, but...
WS 98

Wine Spectator, January 2016

Lightly toasted marshmallow and macadamia nut aromas lead the way, followed by incredibly juicy mirabelle plum, green fig, and glazed pear and peach flavors. As big as this is, there are still plenty of honeysuckle...
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2023

The 2013 d'Yquem is open and demonstrative, evoking aromas of apricot, saffron, musk, spices and exotic fruits, followed by a medium to full-bodied, pure and deep palate paving the way to a perfectly controlled power. The...
DC 95


Excellent intensity and density for this vintage, with ripe pineapple and mango flavours. High residual sugar at 140 grams per litre balanced by fresh, crisp acidity.
VN 92

Vinous, August 2023

The 2013 Yquem is consistent with previous encounters. It has a fresh nose thanks to the contribution of the 30% Sauvignon Blanc, not as complex as other vintages, yet delineated with lemon rind and lychee hints bubbling...


Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Sauternes
Vintage 2013
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

Introducing the 2013 Chateau d'Yquem, a Sauternes Blend from the renowned Bordeaux region in France. This exquisite white wine is an epitome of elegance and sophistication, produced by the esteemed Chateau d'Yquem. With a vibrant yellow gold color that catches the eye, this wine is a true work of art.

Upon opening the bottle, the nose is immediately captivated by a deep and complex aroma. Dried apricot, mango, and spiced orange marmalade dance together, enticing the senses with their alluring scents. As the wine settles on the palate, it reveals its unctuous and decadently rich nature. Ripe yellow peach and white nectarine take center stage, enveloping the taste buds in a symphony of flavors. Brighter citrus notes and a deep botrytis-driven spice add layers of complexity and depth to the experience.

The 2013 Chateau d'Yquem is a wine of great length and wonderful delineation, showcasing its impeccable craftsmanship. It remains fresh, focused, and buoyant, with a promise of a long, graceful evolution for decades to come. While this young wine can be enjoyed now, its potential for further maturation is undeniable.

Renowned wine critics have showered this vintage with praise. Geoffrey Binder of JJ Buckley awards it a remarkable score of 96, describing it as a "spectacular young wine" with a seemingly endless potential for evolution. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, represented by Neal Martin, rates it even higher at 97 points, noting its depth, weight, and impressive power. Wine Enthusiast bestows a score of 98, hailing its beautifully aromatic honeyed scent and extreme freshness.

With its balanced sweetness, vibrant acidity, and layers of ripe and overripe tropical fruit, the 2013 Chateau d'Yquem is a masterpiece that demands appreciation. This wine is the epitome of luxury and refinement, and it will continue to captivate connoisseurs for years to come.