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2015 d'Yquem, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1320025 100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Following a very long harvest stretching nearly two months, the 2015 Château 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. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

99 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a very powerful yet at the same time bright and dry d’Yquem. Full-bodied, sweet yet phenolic and layered. Love the combination between tannin and sweetness. The purity and beauty are incredible; it’s the freshness and lightness that make this wine, yet the depth and richness are undeniable. Inner quote mark (4/2018)

98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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! (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Fresh-cut orange, peach and nectarine notes lead the way, followed by lightly singed almond and warm piecrust notes. Then another wave of green fig, warmed pear and coconut takes over on the finish. Rich and honeyed in feel, with obvious power, balanced by an energy in the inner core that should help this cruise in the cellar for some time. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2016)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark About 75% Semillon 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. (ID) Inner quote mark (4/2016)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Utter joy. Marmalade, vanilla, mixed spice, cream, butter. Unctuous without excess. Finely tuned with impossibly good balance. 19.5/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2017 | Send Email
I don't know if I should call the 2015 Yquem the best wine I've ever had, but I can safely say that no other wine in my decade of working in this business has made my knees buckle, my heart murmur, and my mouth utter an F-bomb in the middle of a fancy en primeur tasting event. We were at Cheval Blanc for lunch and the 2015 Yquem was being poured as an aperitif in the parlor before the meal. I took one sip and it was like angels were trumpeting down from the heavens. I looked at my co-worker Phil and I could see in his face that he was having a similar, quasi-religious epiphany. Then I swallowed, closed my eyes, and took in the breathtaking finish. The 2015 Yquem is the whole package. It's a once in a lifetime wine, perfect in every way, without one symmetrical flaw. The fruit is so pure and concentrated you can almost see the dried apricots in your mind's eye, the acidity so balanced against the lush fruit and sweetness that any potential fatigue or overload from pure decadence is quickly erased. Your taste buds will be begging for more, and that's how the 2015 Yquem tastes right now...in its youth!! Imagine in a decade or two where this thing might be at. This is as perfect of a wine as I've ever tasted. I'm just hoping I get to taste it again someday.

By: Philip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2017 | Send Email
**One of the wines of the vintage** At our first tasting of the 2015 d’Yquem 'en primeur', we immediately knew it would rank along the epic 2001 and the reveled 2009 Chateau d’Yquem. The botrytis aromatics and perfume jump out the glass. The palate is incredibly saturated – exotic yet precise, pure, and lifted finishing incredibly balanced, so long, and in reserve. This is a singular Chateau d’Yquem and absolutely breathtaking. All purity and class.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2017 | Send Email
The 2015 Y'quem was one of the highlights of the highlights of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage trip! Ultra rich and complex with layers upon layers of fruit, this wine shows hints of pineapple, citrus and honey. The finish seems to go on forever. This is truly a special wine that I would love to have in my cellar!

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2017 | Send Email
Garnering two possible 100-point scores plus a swath of high ninety point marks, the 2015 d'Yquem is already flirting with perfection. Boasting a complex nose of apricots and dried pineapple, I found the wine to be particularly racy on the palate, especially considering how warm the vintage was. There's no shortage of superlatives when it comes to d'Yquem as it is unquestionably the finest dessert wine on the planet. This is a ground-floor opportunity to secure a potentially historic wine and considering the going rate for what its been compared to already, its an absolute steal!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2017 | Send Email
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One of the greatest wines I have ever tasted is the 2001 d'Yquem. Upon tasting the 2015 d'Yquem my immediate thoughts were that it could rival the 2001!! Liquid gold doesn't do this wine justice, absolutely loaded with dried pineapple, apricot and butterscotch notes this powerful, almost painfully seductive wine is as smooth as it is rich. If I were on my deathbed my last wish would be for a glass of this elixir.
Drink from 2020 to 2080

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2017 | Send Email
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This is indeed "liquid gold" We tasted it in April 2016 at Cheval Blanc and we were knocked out by its purity and seamlessness. By far the best Yquem since the glorious 2001 vintage. This may surpass it in quality. Honeyed tropical fruit, orange marmalade, pineapple, and sweet creme brulee aromas In the mouth, it is full-bodied with gorgeously refreshing acidity as well as massive concentration. Refreshing and as perfect as perfect can be.
Drink from 2018 to 2048

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