1970 Yquem

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£498.00 DP
£342.00 DP

Average critic rating : 90.17 points



Somewhat less evolved than the 1971, and for me always a shade less interesting and complex, the 1970 Yquem is a large-scaled, rich, full-bodied, fairly alcoholic Yquem with significant flavor interest as well as crisp acidity. Unlike the 1971, which is close to peak maturity, this wine has a long way to go and is impressive, but not yet revealing all of its potential. Anticipated maturity: Now-2025. Last tasted, 11/84. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate January 1998



First tasted in December 2003 at home. A bright orange hue. A deep marmalade nose with touch of orange peel, but lacking the usual d'Yquem joie-de-vivre. A little too simplistic for my liking, similarly the palate lacks the exuberance I expected. Moderate botrytis, balanced but not sophisticated. Quite citrus with marmalade and quince. A bit foursquare. I think I preferred the Doisy-Vedrines 1970 to this! Drink up. Slightly better at CECWINE's Yquem vertical in November 2004. A light colour to the 71 with a distinctly Sauvignon Blanc fuelled nose (hence the gooseberry note). Mineral and quince. The palate is soft and quite sensuous with lower acidity than the Yquem 1971. Clementine, apricot with raisin and fig dominating the finish. This has more harmony that the bottle at Xmas but is still lacks joie-de-vivre. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com



Rosy pink copper colour. Quite gold and burnt. A bit of astringency on the finish. Not especially sweet – would be good with a suitable savoury course – maybe chicken in a creamy sauce. Long. Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com

Château d’Yquem is arguably the finest sweet wine in the World, and the leading estate in Sauternes. In a league of its own, the only wine that Yquem can be fairly judged against is a different vintage of Yquem.

The château and its vineyards lie on the highest point of Sauternes, and is planted to Semillon (80%) and Sauvignon Blanc. Semillon gives the wine its weight and oleaginous texture, the Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes are harvested by hand, bunch by bunch, with as many as six or seven passes through the vineyard to select grapes that are fully botrytised and concentrated. One vine will, on average, yield one glass of the final product.

Yquem is owned by LVMH, owners of Dom Pérignon and Krug, and is run by Pierre Lurton, who also runs St Emilion’s Cheval Blanc. A dry white wine, Ygrec, is also made.

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