• WS: 90

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  • ST: 95

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  • RP: 98

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  • WE: 96

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Château d'Yquem Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Robert parker gives this wine a 96-98+ points and writes: "While no surprise here, this wine, which will be bottled in 2009, is certainly this estate’s greatest effort since their 2001. It completely outclasses everything from the appellation, but even when you’re number one, that’s often hard to do. This light gold wine offers up a sensational smorgasbord of aromas including huge honeyed pineapple and other caramelized tropical fruit flavors, massive richness, and a viscous, unctuous texture with the oak beautifully integrated. The wine has enough acidity to buttress its full-bodied mouthfeel, but this is not by any means the sweetest or most alcoholic of the d’Yquems I have tasted. In fact, in the range of d’Yquems, this is a powerful wine, but it is one built more on finesse and elegance, a la the 1988. Nevertheless, this wine will prove to have 50+ years of longevity. The finish, the mid-palate, the sensation of looking at a skyscraper of Semillon with a small dosage of Sauvignon, is impressive. Like all of the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes, one can drink this young, but the nuances and complexities really don’t emerge for at least a decade, especially in the case of a wine such as this. Bravo!"

Chateau d'Yquem:
Nestled in the southeasy of Bordeaux, Château d’Yquem is the world’s most sought after dessert wine – the benchmark by which all other dessert wines are judged.

Editorial Reviews for Château d'Yquem Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
3.50 5
Vintage: 1997 09/22/2008

very volatile, smells of insecticide, vibrant acidity in the mouth offers excellent balnce to the, no doubt, high level of rs. Really quite lithe on the palate notes of honey, roasted nuts, and dried fruits, papaya, pineapple and apricot but this wine is hot, hot, hot and it was served at about 65F. Between the volatility and heat this is only good at best.

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Snooth User: Fi2sh3
4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 08/15/2012

Received this wine as a gift and looking for optimal time to thoroughly enjoy this gem.

Snooth User: fredsco
5.00 5
Vintage: 2002 12/13/2011

This wine pairs beautifully and its finish is incredibly smooth. Some might find it rich but I think it is just buttery smooth and fruity. Many call this the benchmark of dessert wines and it's nearly impossible to disagree with them.

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Snooth User: Adolfo Hwang
4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 05/13/2012

Four glasses

Snooth User: Bob Fyke
5.00 5
Vintage: 2001 12/24/2012

If this isn't a 100 point wine, I don't know what is. I am by no means an experienced Sauternes taster, but this just showed soooo much complexity and magic, that I don't know how it could improve.The wonder is that it WILL improve for decades to come. The Nose: carmel popcorn, coconut, spicy tartness, apricot and much more that I could not put a handle on. All presenting in a subtle and unassuming wave of aroma. The Palate: Weightless and thick at the same time. Carmel, Apricot, orange peel & honey with an incredibly long finish of honey sweetened croissant. Along with all of this, there is a backbone of good acid to tie it together. Every facet of this wine flowed seamlessly into the next.

Snooth User: joshwoodward
4.50 5
Vintage: 2001 05/15/2009

Nose: flowery, very honeyed, pears, light raisin. Greenish straw color. Medium thickness. Honey, but not at all raisiny. Flowers, incredibly rich and luscious. Perfect acidity. Mouth-coating! Lavender? Apricot. Huge, but subtle. Lt banana. I'm not worthy. $300/375ml

Snooth User: Quentin4
0.00 5
Vintage: 2001 04/03/2010

One could spend hours just looking at it. Beautiful golden and orange colour of a youthful wine, starting a long and promising life. With just a gentle swirl for a minute at least, it opens up in the glass and only then you can take a deep smell. Explosion of lemon and orange zest, honey, peach, apricot... so much, it's difficult to recognise them all! The nose is thrilling, it gives you a hint how incredible this wine will be on the palate... The first sip is also overwhelming with flavours and aromas, with more honey, peach, pineapple and then layers of light spices... The sweetness is simply perfectly balanced with the acidity that seems to help the whole structure to stand on the upper part of the mouth. The finish is still in its very early days, but the lasting is luscious, lingering and 'sensual'. I found a stunning feminine touch in this Yquem. Absolutely amazing! QC

0.00 5
Vintage: 2001 07/22/2008

The 2001 is the best Yquem in living memory. In the glass the wine is a striking golden colour with tints of green. After some period of decanting the nose comes forward in spades pouring forth honey and almonds, with cream and pineapples in support.

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External Reviews for Château d'Yquem Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes

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Vintage: 2019 01/03/2012

The favorite sweet wine of millionaires, Chateau drsquo;Yquem has, not unexpectedly, turned in a brilliant effort with their newly released 1989. It is a large-scaled, massively rich, unctuously-textured wine that should evolve effortlessly for a half century or more. It does not reveal the compelling finesse and complexity of the 1988 or 1986, but it is a far heavier, richer wine than either of those vintages. It is reminiscent of the 1976, with additional fat and glycerin. The wine is extremely alcoholic and rich, with a huge nose of smoky, honey-covered coconuts and overripe pineapples and apricots. As with most young vintages of Yquem, the winersquo;s structure is barely noticeable. These wines are so highly extracted and rich yet approachable young, it is difficult to believe they will last for 50 or more years. The 1989 is the richest Yquem made in the eighties, and it has an edge in complexity over the powerhouse 1983. It remains to be seen whether this wine will develop the extraordinary aromatic complexity possessed by the promising 1988 and 1986 Yquems. Last tasted 11/97

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Vintage: 2019 01/03/2012

Located in the heart of Sauternes, the legendary Chacirc;teau drsquo;Yquem spares no expense in producing the finest dessert wine in the world. The classic 1986 vintage is a real treasure from the fruit of the vine, as ripe apricot, pineapple, vanilla and sauteed hazelnut flavors bathe in exceptionally concentrated sweet fruit with honeyed botrytis that adds multi-dimensional complexities. Celebrate life and enjoy this little piece of heaven on earth!

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Vintage: 2019 01/03/2012

There is no other wine in the world like it, and there is no other luxury wine that can possibly justify its price as much as Yquemhellip; The long-awaited 1986hellip; is another fascinating effort from Yquemhellip; Its enthralling bouquet of pineapples, sauteed hazelnuts, vanillin, and ripe apricots is breathtaking. Compellingly concentrated, its breadth as well as depth of flavor seemingly know no limits. This full-bodied, powerful, yet impeccably balanced Yquem should provide memorable drinking for 40ndash;55 more years. Like the 1983, this is another winemaking tour de force.

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Vintage: 2019 01/03/2012

A charming Yquem thatrsquo;s round, thick, dense and very honeyed. But it doesnrsquo;t taste of botrytized, dried fruit flavors (the chacirc;teau tried to wait for noble rot and harvested late, into December). While creamy and opulent, itrsquo;s also refined. Best after 2015.

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Vintage: 2019 01/03/2012

Extremely concentrated, yet subtle. Aromas of honey and spices, with an intense botrytis nose. Full-bodied, thick and fruity, with orange peel and lemon rind character. Medium sweetness. Balanced, yet thick and backward. Reminds me of the harmonious 1990 mdash; certainly the best since then. Best after 2008.

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Vintage: 2019 09/01/2011

Recorked 1996. Very very deep brownish mahogany; looks thick and treacly. Correct nose of sturdy deep richness. Intense flavour of a much more conventionally massive build than the 1899. Lots of ripeness and length and potential. 19 (out of 20) and s... Jancis Robinson. A Sauternes Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1893 Chateau d'Yquem 750ml

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Vintage: 2019 01/03/2012

A beauty thatrsquo;s in almost perfect harmony. Full-bodied, exhibiting wet earth, honey, floral and ginger flavors that burn with intensity on the long, sweet finish. Better in 1999.

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