2005 d'Yquem, Sauternes

SKU #1047729 97 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* This isn’t sweet, but just so wonderfully rich. It’s the concentration of botrytis that makes the wine. The texture is velvet, but with a spicy bite to it. Apricot, honey and marzipan all contribute to a wine that will age over decades. (RV)  (12/2009)

97 points Wine Spectator

 This has a deliciously pure feel, with juicy, inviting green plum, ginger, heather, creamed pineapple and Jonagold apple flavors all melded together and gliding through the lengthy finish, which echoes with lilting flowers and dried citrus notes. Best from 2015 through 2045. (JM, Web-2012)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the property 12 months on from my last visit, my note for the Château d'Yquem 2005 is almost exactly the same. I feel that there is still just a little new oak to be resolved on the nose. But the palate is extremely well balanced, perhaps just a little nuttier than I remember from 12 months ago, with hints of white chocolate and crème brûlée just appearing on the finish. This needs another decade, but it is a very serious Yquem in the making. Tasted April 2015. (NM)  (6/2016)

95 points James Suckling

 What an incredible nose of flowers, honey, spices such as clove, and sandalwood. With time, decadent aromas of apple tart and crumble develop. Full and very round on the palate, this is medium sweet with a velvety texture. Flavors of honey, apple and pear tart appear on the long finish. This is so beautiful, hard not to drink now but will greatly improve with more time.  (5/2012)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2017 | Send Email
This is a fantastically elegant bottle of dessert wine from the producer that has the most right to call themselves the greatest wine in the world. Full of pure stone fruit on the nose, this wine is only now getting a slight hint of caramel after some time in the bottle. This is a perfect foie gras Sauternes, which is not so heavy as to slow down the rest of the meal, and with plenty of long, focussed acidity to cut through the richest of pate.
Drink from 2017 to 2055

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2014 | Send Email
The best Yquem I've had in years, complex layers of coconut, pineapple yet focused, not allowing the sweetness to overpower it truly a great one. I'm unsure of how long to put the drinking window on this wine, I'll be long gone by the time it runs out of vigor!
Drink from 2014 to 2070

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Varietal:

Semillon

- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Sauternes

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