Château d'Yquem 1er cru supérieur classé Sauternes 2008 375ml half bottle

Château d'Yquem 1er cru supérieur classé Sauternes 2008 375ml half bottle

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‘…after hearing Mozart, the ensuing silence is still Mozart. After a sip of Yquem, the moments that follow are still Yquem’ Frédéric Dard

The Sauternes wines of Château d'Yquem are often considered the greatest sweet wines in the world.

2008 was a difficult year in Sauternes, but warm, humid weather at the end of the growing season was ideal for the development of botrytis. The best estates were able to make impressive wines, though yields were significantly reduced in many areas. Château d’Yquem created a wine with luscious tropical fruit quality and complexity as well as the typical freshness of the vintage.

‘Tasted single blind against its peers. The Yquem 2008 is easy to spot in a blind line-up: it is (to quote Tina Turner) simply the best. It has a subtle, delicate but very pretty bouquet with fine definition and astounding minerality. The palate is beautifully poised, tense and tightly coiled on the entry and then it just explodes in the mouth with pure, unbridled, joyous botrytized fruit struck through with a silver thread of acidity. It displays exemplary tension and freshness, along with great persistency in the mouth. This is an outstanding Sauternes 2008 and another impressive Yquem.’
Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012 96/100
‘ Bright light gold. Ripe cling peach, fresh apricot, spices, coconut, minerals and white flowers on the nose, with a note of vanillin oak emerging with air; subdued but wonderfully pure and precise. At once thick and light on its feet, showing an utterly seamless texture and compelling sweetness but also lovely inner-mouth tension thanks to its suave acidity and underlying minerality. The new oak element is in harmony with the wine's fruit already. Really dusts the palate on the back end and builds inexorably. The explosive finish leaves behind a perfumed spice character. The clear star in my 2008 tasting.’
Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May 2012 95/100
‘Coming in with 139 degrees residual sugar and a pH of 4.75, this is an Yquem that is unequivocally top of the pile in 2008. A light straw color with green tints in the glass. The bouquet is just wonderful, very perfumed with aromas of apricot, acacia honey and white flowers. A degree less clarity than the 2007, but perhaps more nuanced, more honeyed. The palate is a little more viscous than the 2007, lacquers the mouth with honey, apricot and orange zest. Very harmonious, the finish vibrant and edgy, real tension and energy in this Yquem. Very focused on the finish – not the ‘peacock's tail’ of flavors that one finds on truly great vintages. But there is a surreal level of elegance and poise – an understated Yquem that should age effortlessly and returning to the glass it graces you with hints of almond and a dash of spice. In 2008, the king is king. P.S. RMP rated this blend of 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon (94-96)’
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2009 95–97/100
Shadows cast by a tree at Château d'Yquem
Wine colourWhite wine
CountryFrance
AppellationSauternes
Vintage2008
Grape variety80% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon
Alcohol13.5%
Bottle size37.5cl

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