2004 Yquem

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Average critic rating : 94.0 points



A blend of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc with 128 gms/L residual, this is a very good Sauternes for the vintage and for me, superior to the slightly blowsy 2003. A creamy, honeyed nose with hints of almond, apple-blossom and hazelnut. Very good lift. He palate is well-balanced with good acidity, touches of frangipane, honey, quince and Satsuma. Very elegant on the finish with superb length, though you could argue that it does not have the persistency and penetration of the ’01. Still, very attractive indeed. Tasted April 2008. Neal Martin, Wine Advocate July 2008



Wonderful aromas of pineapple, apple and lemon, with loads of botrytis. Full-bodied, but very refined, superfresh and racy. Goes on and on. Fabulous. Incredible purity and brightness. Like a perfectly cut diamond. Pierre Lurton, the manager of Yquem as well as Cheval-Blanc, really wanted to mark his arrival at the legendary estate, so he went to draconian lengths to deliver something superb in 2004. (He reduced the crop by half, so probably fewer than 75,000 bottles will be produced). James Suckling, winespectator.com



Big, massive in build and very ambitious in scale. So much more complex! Very good wine with a dry finish. Pretty glorious. Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com



Rich, creamy peaches, orange marmalade and caramel. Nicely defined fruit flavour. Long, spicy finish. Excellent wine. Drink up to 2018 plus. Decanter.com

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Yquem 2004
+£1,205.00     (+101.6%) Latest price:  £2,391.00
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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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