1973 Yquem

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Average critic rating : 81.5 points



Surprisingly successful in what was a mediocre vintage for the wines of this region, the 1973 Yquem is overtly oaky and too spicy, but has very good concentration, less sweetness and botrytis than in vintages like 1975 and 1976, and is well balanced, fat, and long on the palate (only 12% of the crop was used for Yquem). Anticipated maturity: Now. Last tasted, 3/84. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate January 1998



A moderate amber colour. The nose is soft, out of focus and lacking intensity. Apricot with a little pastry. Palate is quite sharp and angular with orange and toffee. The wine lacks depth and harmony with some rotten grapes making their presence felt on the finish. One to avoid. Tasted November 2004. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com



Very light flavors--some tropical, some dried apricot--but not much length in this Yquem. Short, drying finish.--Yquem vertical. Winespectator.com



Pale tawny. Relatively simple, sugary nose. Lots of unresolved acidity on the palate. The wine may well improve in bottle but is an awkward 14 at the moment. 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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