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Tasting notes
FINE+RARE, Mar 2024

The 2021 has a wonderfully intense nose, with aromas of pineapple, guava and candied fruit. Despite its youth this Yquem is so expressive right from the outset. There is a fantastic backbone of acidity on the mid-palate, with a vein of freshness and minerality that runs through to the finish, and balancing the 148g/l residual sugar beautifully. Texturally it is both velvety and concentrated, with everything needed to evolve over the next three decades. Blend: 65% Sémillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc

Critic Scores

Critic scores
97
97/100

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97
97/100

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent

95
95/100

Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate

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97 points
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent
Score 97/100 · Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, Mar 2024

The 2021 d'Yquem is composed of 65% Sémillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc. It has 148 grams per liter of residual sugar, making for a relatively rich style and the sweetest Yquem since 2017. Pale lemon-gold colored, perfumed notes of orange peel, juicy peaches, grapefruit, and honeycomb slowly emerge from the glass, followed by suggestions of jasmine tea, fresh ginger, and lime blossoms. The palate is fantastically satiny, with great tension and loads of spicy sparks complementing the citrusy flavors, finishing with epic length and a zesty lift. 54,000 bottles were made. The alcohol is 13.9%, and the pH is 3.79.

98 points
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider
Score 98/100 · Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider, Mar 2024

The complex aromatic profile explodes from the glass with pineapple, papaya, apricot, Meyer lemon, tangerine peels, caramel, honey, vanilla, saffron, cashews, and candied grapefruit in the aromatic profile. The palate resides perfectly in the middle of hedonism, and vibrancy. Clearly, there is ample sweetness, but the racy acidity provides incredible lift, energy, and length. The fruit expresses purity in its tangerines, oranges, mango, papaya, banana, and pineapples all slathered in honey. This is one of those Yquem's that can be enjoyed either as a sweet wine, or due to its vibrancy, with a diverse array of savory, and spicy dishes. Produced from a blend of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc, 148 Grams per liter, 14% ABV, 3.79 pH. Yields were only 8 hectoliters per hectare. The harvest took place over an extended time, September 12 - October 27, with 4 passes in total. As you can see, the harvest was quite long, but picking the heart of vintage took place mid-to late October.

95 points
Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate
Score 95/100 · Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate, Feb 2024

The 2021 d'Yquem exhibits a complex bouquet of rose, exotic fruits and mandarin orange mingled with spring flowers, rose and crème brûlée, followed by a medium to full-bodied, ample and seamless palate that's suave and layered, with a deep core and a long finish that's lent definition by delicate bitterness that offsets the 148 grams per liter residual sugar. This blend of 65% Sémillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc was matured, as usual, in all new barrels, but the new oak is perfectly integrated and barely noticeable.

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d'Yquem

The undisputed finest sweet wine in the world, Château d'Yquem is the only Premier Cru Supérieur estate in Sauternes, classified in 1855. With a long history stretching back to the Middle Ages, the château is entwined with that of the Lur-Saluces family – who remain involved today.

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