Château d'Yquem - Sauternes 2016 (750ml)


Price: $459.00

Producer Château d'Yquem
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Subregion Sauternes
Varietal Bordeaux White Blend
Vintage 2016
Sku 1268585
Size 750ml

Wine Advocate: 98+ Points

Containing 135 grams per liter of residual sugar the pale lemon-gold colored 2016 d'Yquem leaps from the glass with honeyed apricots pineapple green mango crushed rocks candied ginger coriander seed and citrus peel with hints of orange blossom. The palate is very tightly wound vibrant and refreshing with layer upon layer of minerals and spices finishing with epic poise and persistence.

Jeb Dunnuck: 99 Points

The 2016 Chateau D’Yquem is pure magic and dessert wines don’t get much better. Offering a pale gold color as well as a blockbuster bouquet of honeyed tangerines, tart apricots, liquid rocks, white flowers, and honeysuckle, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, an opulent texture, vibrant acidity, and again, an incredible sense of minerality, despite having no shortage of sweetness or richness. The 2016 is a classic blend of 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon that hit 14.2% alcohol with 135 grams of residual sugar. It’s already complex and approachable yet will keep for 3-4 decades.

James Suckling: 99 Points

A very classic Yquem. Breathtakingly wide spectrum of floral honey exotic fruit (passion fruit mango and pineapple) caramel and marzipan aromas. But none of this is a jot too much. In fact the wine is extremely precise and finely nuanced. Wonderful freshness and textural complexity in spite of the considerable concentration and extravagance. Very suave and sensual finish that goes on and on. Drink or hold.

The Wine Independent: 98 Points

The 2016 Yquem has a pale lemon-gold color, with 135 grams per liter of residual sugar, 14.2 % of alcohol, and a

Vinous: 94-97 Points

The 2016 d'Yquem is a magical wine. It also looks like an Yquem that will drink well right out of the gate. Like so many of the better wines in this vintage it manages to express richness while avoiding excess heaviness. Pineapple orange marmalade exotic flowers and spice all blossom in the glass. There is a real sense of phenolic richness and overall viscosity to the 2016 that adds to the wine's singular personality. The 135 grams of residual sugar are not especially evident. In 2016 the vineyard was harvested in four passes but it was not until after the October rains that noble rot started to appear on the vine. Antonio Galloni

Decanter: 97 Points

Despite a rich botrytis character this balances impact with delicacy. Clear citrus on the nose with a hint of flint and smoke allowing the soft white flowers and lime blossom to steal up on you slowly. There are caramel notes through the mid-palate and great persistency as ever. Extremely elegant. This was the driest summer since 1898 and the harvest at Yquem lasted a full two months from 4th September (for the dry white Y d'Yquem) through to 4th November for the final selection of botrytis berries. The final yield is 20hl/ha the highest in recent years against their average of 9hl/ha with 40% going into the grand vin compared to 50% last year. 135g/l residual sugar and 3.9pH. 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc. The 2015 will be released this September.

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