2011 Château d’Yquem (Museum Release)

$980.00

Raised to the ranks of Premier Cru Supérieur appellation in 1855, Château d’Yquem is the product of meticulous work in the vineyard. Since its beginnings, it has benefited from an exceptional terroir, as well as being the result of unique ancestral know-how since 1593.

In the world of sweet wines, Château d’Yquem sits alone as the worlds greatest. The classification of Premier Cru Supérieur has only been bestowed to the wines of this great estate.

The wines of Château d’Yquem possess richness, complexity and longevity that is unrivalled by any other estate in Bordeaux or the world over. The term ‘Legendary’ has been used on many occasions and is befitting of the wines of this storied estate.

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Description

98 Points Vinous
Luminous golden yellow. Cool, pure aromas of white peach, honeyed mango, guava nectar, white flowers and saffron are complicated by elements of crushed stone and spicy lemony botrytis. Suave and intensely flavored, with mineral-spiced apple, mango, passion fruit and grapefruit flavors offering outstanding purity, precision, and depth. The brisk but harmonious acidity gives this great Sauternes a penetrating quality and provides a powerful spine to the very deep flavors, making it seem less opulent than it really is. This Yquem has the depth of the 2007 but boasts even greater purity and focus. Finishes bright and extremely long, with repeating suggestions of white flowers and lemony botrytis. Though it lacks the depth of the 2001 or the opulence of the 2009 at a similar stage of development, this is one of my favorite young Yquems ever: it will age spectacularly well.

98 Points James Suckling
Crazy minerality to this, with lots of dried mango, pineapple and papaya on the nose. Botrytis-spice and nutmeg undertones. Full body, very sweet, with superb depth of fruit and richness. It goes on for minutes. Turns dense and concentrated on the palate. Speechless. Better in 2019.

99 Points Wine Spectator
A lovely, creamy, tropical style, with mango, papaya and guava notes lending a caressing feel, while singed almond and warm piecrust accents blossom through the lush finish. Just when you think that’s all there is, toasted coconut, fig, orange blossom and persimmon details kick in, lending length and dimension. The finish is ridiculously long. Best from 2020 through 2060.

Additional information

Vintage

2011

Grape Variety

Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon

Region

Bordeaux

Sub Region

Sauternes

Types

Sweet Wine

Size

Bottle