2015 Yquem

Yquem

98Average Score
White
2020-2090
12x75cl
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0 Immediate | 2 Marketplace
£2,886.00
6x75cl
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0 Immediate | 5 Marketplace
£1,442.00
Bts
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0 Immediate | 5 Marketplace
£242.00
6xMags
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0 Immediate | 1 Marketplace
£2,886.00
6L
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0 Immediate | 1 Marketplace
£2,021.00
9L
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0 Immediate | 7 Marketplace
£3,031.00
12L
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0 Immediate | 10 Marketplace
£4,137.00
15L
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0 Immediate | 7 Marketplace
£5,171.00
12x37.5cl
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0 Immediate | 1 Marketplace
£1,478.00
3x75cl
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0 Immediate | 1 Marketplace
£720.00
Mags
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0 Immediate | 28 Marketplace
£481.00
3L
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0 Immediate | 7 Marketplace
£986.00
3x37.5cl
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0 Immediate | 6 Marketplace
£354.00
Scores & Notes
Average Score
98
Drinking window
2020-2090
Critic Notes

Following a very long harvest stretching nearly two months, the 2015 Chateau d'Yquem came in at 13.9% alcohol and 144 grams per liter of residual sugar, sporting a pH of 3.65 and six grams per liter of tartaric acid. None of these numbers, however, even remotely begin to tell you how profound this wine is. The nose opens with electric notes of ripe pineapples, green mango, orange blossoms and lemon tart with hints of fungi, lime zest, crushed rocks and jasmine. The freshness on the palate is just astonishing, permeating and lifting layer upon layer of tropical fruits and earthy notions, all encased in a sumptuous texture and culminating in a very, very long, mineral-tinged finish. Truly, this is a legendary vintage for d'Yquem. I've been conservative with my drinking window here, and I would not be at all surprised if our descendants are drinking this vintage well into the next century. Apr 2018, www.robertparker.com

Score: 100-/100Lisa Perrotti-Brown

This is an incredible young Yquem that is so vinous like a great vintage of Montrachet but then on the palate it turns to Yquem with spice, dried fruit and mushroom as well as sweet fruit. Last for minutes. Acidity is all there giving it a dynamic vibrance that jolts your senses. Special wine. It has a little more than than 140 grams of residual sugar, less than the legendary of 2001. But is very close in greatness. Let’s wait and see. Mar 2016, www.JamesSuckling.com

Score: 99-100/100James Suckling

Stunning in every sense of the word, the wine has an incredible level of sweetness; concentration of flavor, acidity and sweet honeyed, perfectly ripe and overripe tropical fruits. It is almost too much of a good thing. Note, I said almost! Yet, everything is in an amazing sense of balance and harmony. The finish must stay with you for at least 60 seconds or longer. Made from blending 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, the wine reached 13.9% alcohol with a pH of 3.65 pH. The wine is incredibly sweet with 144 grams per liter of sugar, but this is all kept in check due to the 6.2 grams per liter of total acidities. The harvest took place from September 3, to October 21. They took 4 passes through the vineyards this year. May 2016, www.thewinecellarinsider.com

Score: 99-100/100Jeff Leve

The 2015 Château d'Yquem is a blend of 75% Semillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc that was picked on the gravelly soils as early as 3 and 4 September until 21 October, four tries through the vineyard. It delivers 144 grams per liter of residual sugar, with six-grams of tartaric acid, a pH 3.65 and 13.9% alcohol. It has a show-stopping bouquet that is beautifully defined and very complex and exuberant, infused with greater mineralité than recent vintages - intense but not as flamboyant as say the 2009 Yquem at this stage. The palate boasts absolutely stunning balance. This is a Yquem without a hair out of place: fantastically pure, botrytised fruit caressing the mouth. That is as per normal. What distinguishes this Yquem is the sense of electricity that is imbued by that razor-sharp acidity. There is just unbelievably tension here and to be frank, there is little point in me continuing to write this note, because it is simply an astonishing Yquem that will rank alongside the 2001 and 2009. Apr 2016, www.eRobertParker.com, Drink: 2028-2090

Score: 98-100/100Neal MartinDrinking Window: 2028-2090

The vintage at Yquem was the earliest since 1893, starting on the 3rd of September and continuing for another seven weeks. The result is one of the best ever wines from the château, combining exotic flavours of pineapple, tangerine and mango underpinned by a core of acidity and scented vanilla oak. Every bit as good as 2001, 2009 and 2014. Apr 2016, www.timatkin.com, Drink: 2020-2036

Score: 98-/100Tim AtkinDrinking Window: 2020-2036

The 2015 d'Yquem is without question one of the wines of the vintage. Just as alluring from bottle as it was from barrel, the 2015 is a wine that engages all of the senses, from the intellectual to the more hedonistic. Lilting notes of pineapple, mint, orange peel and white flowers grace the palate, but it is the wine's sense of balance and total harmony that impress most. In 2015, Yquem had its earliest start to the harvest since 1893. Even so, the winemaking team did a magnificent job of preserving freshness. The 2015 was fermented in 100% new oak, and residual sugar is 145 grams per liter, but great wine is never about numbers. Above all else, the 2015 Yquem is a wine of energy and class. Don't miss it!

Score: 98-/100Antonio GalloniDrinking Window: 2025 - 2065

RS 144 g/l, TA 6 g/l, pH 3.65. Mid gold. Very direct and glossy. Edge of veg and toast. Real tension! Tense pear juice with lots of grip and attack. Lots of acidity as well as all that sugar. Really energetic. Long. Amazing persistence. So neat. Real attack. Massive apparent acidity. 13.9%. Apr 2016, www.JancisRobinson.com, Drink: 2027-2055

Score: 19-/20Jancis RobinsonDrinking Window: 2027-2055

This wine is ethereal. It certainly offers attractive honey and bitter orange flavors but also a fresh character that gives the wine lift and crispness. It is, of course, going to age magnificently, although it is so delicious and refreshing now. Apr 2016, www.wineenthusiast.com

Score: 96-98/100Wine Enthusiast

About 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc. Very pure, intense aromas and flavours of peach, lemon curd, tangerine and marmalade botrytis notes. Boasts 144g/l sugar and 6.2 g/l total acidity. Very pure, long and racy rather than rich. It doesn't have the power of 2001 or 2009, nor the freshness of 2011 or 2014, but it is a great wine in the making. If the vintage allows, I'd go back to an 80%/20% Sem-Sauv blend to get back a little of that magical d'Yquem richness. Apr 2016, ww.decanter.com

Score: 95-/100Decanter
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Sauternes
Colour
White
Taste
Sweet
Alcohol %
14%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2020-2090
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Sauternes
Colour
White
Taste
Sweet
Alcohol %
14%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2020-2090
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