2010 Yquem



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Average critic rating : 96.11 points

93

93

Served from an ex-chateau bottle. Consistent notes compared to the sample tasted blind at Southwold, the 2010 Chateau d’Yquem does not quite live up to the billing it showed out of barrel. Certainly it does not possess the concentration of the 2011, the elegance or the symmetry. However, there is fine minerality on the nose and great transparency. The palate is fresh and harmonious, with a fine bead of citrus fruit and a penetrating, spicy finish that offers white peach and honeysuckle notes, yet does not possess anything close to the peacock’s tail of the magnificent 2009. Still, this is a fine Yquem. Drink 2017-2040+. Tasted March 2014. eRobertParker.com.June, 2014

96-98

96-98

Picked predominantly over 10 days from October 14, the 2010 d’Yquem has 141gms/L residual sugar and pH 3.80. It is a slow-burner, the nose understated at first but unfurling with each passing moment with subtle scents of freshly sliced apricots, Clementine, clear honey and white flowers. There is an underlying minerality that really defines this bouquet. The palate is similar to the nose, revealing hidden facets with almost each swirl of the glass – orange blossom, limestone, white peach and honeysuckle. This is such a precise d’Yquem. it is after you have swallowed the wine that one comprehends just how brilliant it is. Neal Martin, Wine Advocate May 2011

94-95

94-95

This is a super balanced and racy Yquem with nuts. light pineapple and apple ccharacter. Full and dense but bright and fresh. Love the spicy botrytis with light apple tart and nuts on the finish. Not a great vintage for Sauternes, but Yquem stays on top. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

93-96

93-96

Tropical and inviting, with lush mango, fig and papaya aromas followed by pineapple and creamed banana. The long tangerine finish is flattering and very open now, but the length is clearly there. Tasted non-blind. —J.M. James Molesworth, winespectator.com

18.5

18.5

‘2010 was a cool year for us.’ Winter and autumn cold, good dry, warm summer. Very healthy grapes, though quite a bit of rain on the flowering, A bit of coulure on Sauvignon so less than usual in the blend, just 13% compared to the usual 20%. Pale gold with slight greenness. Gorgeous, classic nose. Pear juice a go-go. Absolutely stunning freshness as well as all the botrytis. Classic. Real punchy perfect savoury Sauternes. Zesty and lovely with some chew on the end. No shortage of botrytis. Very distinctive and much less sweet than 2009. (155 g/l in 2009, 141 g/l in 2010). Refined finish. Finished 5 Nov. Five passes. Real punch and zest. Grapefruit peel. But not a massive sweet bomb. 13.55% Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com

19

19

Extraordinary purity of aromas, with an airy power difficult to rival, a new brilliant example of the actual style of the property, with the vintage's monumental body completely hidden by the refinement of tactile sensations. Some are nostalgic for the epic oily bodies of the past, not I (even if I greatly admire them). Drink 2020-2070. (19 points) Michel Bettane, decanter.com

19.5

19.5

The best known Sauternes château always makes less than a thousand bottles, very little in relation to its hundred or more hectares (247 acres). Normal threats of damp weather and too much fungus were reversed in 2010, in a drought with cool nights, but underlying water provided growth. From a fine, very pale gold with transparent meniscus in the glass, a respiration of pure honey, polished cedar, cut grass, almond and orange blossom is provided in a single gentle intake. The palate receives a positive acidity, enveloping flavours of peach, banana, vanilla and pale cherries. Ivor Davies

95-97

95-97

Intensely aromatic, with honeysuckle, marmalade, and candied citrus notes, the 2010 Yquem is a wine of amazing freshness and vibrancy of flavour, with layers of sweet flowers and ripe stone fruits, and great substance and depth. More of a middleweight than the 2009, the 2010 Yquem weighed in at 140 g/l of residual sugar versus 155g/l in the 2009. Jeannie Cho Lee MW asianpalate.com

19

19

This is a stunner.Mandarin, apricot, muscat grape, marker per (botrytis). Sweet and complex with vibrant acidity. Keeps coming and coming. Very very fine indeed - beautifully assembled!



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Chateau d'Yquem: The Importance

In Jancis Robinson’s words, Château d’Yquem is the “greatest wine of Sauternes, and according to the famous 1855 Classification, of the entire Bordeaux region.” Unquestionably the most famous sweet wine on the planet and arguably the finest, Yquem holds a special place in the hearts of wine lovers all around the world and was placed in a category of its own in the 1855 Classification, as the only Premier Cru Supérieur in Sauternes.

 

Consistently highly rated by world renowned critics such as Robert Parker, Neal Martin and Jancis Robinson, Yquem is one of the few wines in the world that unites opinion, with critics clamouring to praise its depth, precision and intensity. This wine also has an incredible capacity for ageing, with bottles from the 1800’s still drinking beautifully 100 years later. Some standout vintages of Yquem have been 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2014 and 2015, with Neal Martin describing the 2015 vintage as “an astonishing wine…that is likely to rank with the pantheon of greats from this estate.” But it is hard to overlook this incredible wine in any vintage.

 

The style of wine produced at Yquem is rich and generous. Martin describes the 2009 Yquem as having aromas of “lemon curd, nectarine, jasmine and honeysuckle”, and these typically develop into caramel, nuttiness and even chocolate as it ages. Though the wine is sweet, the level of acidity keeps the wine fresh and lively and the wines from Château d’Yquem continue to evolve past the point where many other sweet wines are reaching the end of their life cycle.

 

Chateau d'Yquem: The Insight

Botrytis cinerea, or noble rot, plays a hugely important role at Yquem. This fungus attacks the grapes, and causes them to become dehydrated, which concentrates all of the flavours in the fruit. During harvest, pickers will always pass through the vineyard multiple times to pick the fruit at its best, differing levels of botrytis contribute to the final complexity of the wine. Due to the intensive sorting required to make the quality of wine expected at Yquem, yields are extremely low and one vine will only produce one glass of wine.

 

The vineyards of Château d’Yquem, planted with 80% Sémillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, are at the highest elevation in all of Sauternes, which gives it an ideal microclimate. Winds move through the vineyard helping to remove excess moisture, which could turn noble rot into destructive rot.

 

Demand for Château d’Yquem is strong, and En Primeur campaigns are useful for those seeking specific formats of Yquem. At time of writing, the record for the most expensive bottle of white wine sold at auction is held by a bottle of 1811 Yquem which, in 2011, sold at auction for $117,000.

 

The dry white wine also produced at Château d’Yquem since 1959, the Y d'Yquem (also known as Ygrec) is also well regarded by critics and consumers. The style of this wine shifted in 2004, when a decision was made to use only grapes picked at the fleeting moment just before they begin to botrytise. The blend in this wine is usually 80% Sauvignon Bland and 20% Sémillon and only about 10,000 bottles are produced each year. This is aged in a mixture of new oak and old Yquem barrels. Neal Martin described the 2007 vintage of this wine as having “a light, fragrant nose with apple-blossom, pink grapefruit, citrus lemon and just a touch of cold granite.”

 

Chateau d'Yquem: The Background

With its history going back hundreds of years, Château d’Yquem was at one point owned by the King of England during the Middle Ages. Winemaking at this estate seems to have started when it was bought by the Sauvage family in 1711, and was acquired by the Lur Saluces family when the last Sauvage married Comte Louis-Amadée de Lur Saluces. It is clear that by 1787 this wine was well-known, as, in that year, Thomas Jefferson wrote to the estate asking to buy some wine, and wrote that “I know that yours is one of the best growths of Sauterne.” The estate continued to be owned and run by the Lur Saluces family until 1996 when the famous luxury goods company Louis Vuitton-Moët-Hennessy (a.k.a LVMH, owners of Dom Pérignon, Krug, Ruinart, Cheval Blanc, Ardbeg, Glenmorangie, Cloudy Bay, Ao Yun, etc) acquired half of the shares of Château d’Yquem and then later purchased the other half in 2004. Pierre Lurton, who was managing Cheval Blanc, was put in place to run the estate, and has remained there ever since.



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