2000 "Y" (Ygrec) d'Yquem, Sauternes

SKU #1079119 90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Winemaker Sandrine Garbay told me that for the 2000 Y de Yquem, the 50% Sémillon was picked with intentional over-ripeness and just a touch of botrytis. It has a fine, slightly nutty bouquet that is curiously quite Burgundian in style. Lovely balance on the palate, it offers dried honey, white tea and an Alsace-like personality. Just a touch of oxidation here, very focused with a tang of lemongrass on the finish. Very fine. (NM) Inner quote mark (4/2022)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Fully mature, with a burnished feel to the wax, verbena, dried orange peel and roasted almond notes. Picks up a flash of walnut on the still-rich finish. (JM, Web-2011) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

This is the rarely seen dry white wine of d'Yquem. The chateau produces this wine in certain years when conditions permit. "Y" comes from the same exceptional terroir and vines as Yquem's famous sweet wines. It benefits from identical strict winegrowing methods, but is harvested and produced differently. "Y" is produced when the deliberate decision is made to pick certain plots of Sauvignon Blanc grapes at the beginning of the vintage and overripe Semillon grapes later on. This accounts for the small quantities and irregular production. There have been only 23 vintages of "Y" since the first one in 1959! Serve with foie gras if you wish; it is also wonderful with seafood and white meat dishes.


Price: $224.99
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