Château d'Yquem - Sauternes 2021 (Pre-arrival) (375ml)

 Pre-arrival 
WA
95
TWI
97
V
96

Price: $184.00

Producer Château d'Yquem
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Subregion Sauternes
Varietal Bordeaux White Blend
Vintage 2021
Sku 8114
Size 375ml

The Wine Independent: 97 Points

The 2021 d'Yquem is composed of 65% Sémillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc. It has 148 grams per liter of residual sugar making for a relatively rich style and the sweetest Yquem since 2017. Pale lemon-gold colored perfumed notes of orange peel juicy peaches grapefruit and honeycomb slowly emerge from the glass followed by suggestions of jasmine tea fresh ginger and lime blossoms. The palate is fantastically satiny with great tension and loads of spicy sparks complementing the citrusy flavors finishing with epic length and a zesty lift. 54000 bottles were made. The alcohol is 13.9% and the pH is 3.79. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Vinous: 96 Points

The 2021 Yquem was tasted in Amsterdam the first wine poured at a lunch thereby allowing me a longer period to examine it. Slightly burnished in hue it has a very attractive bouquet with scents of dried quince clementine linseed and subtle candle wax perhaps more discrete than usual but certainly fresh and vibrant. The palate is medium-bodied and viscous on the entry a Yquem with perhaps a lighter chassis than recent vintages prioritizing poise and purity over horsepower? exactly the right approach in such a challenging season. It opens wonderfully in the glass gaining more frangipane

Wine Advocate: 95 Points

The 2021 d'Yquem exhibits a complex bouquet of rose exotic fruits and mandarin orange mingled with spring flowers rose and crème brûlée followed by a medium to full-bodied ample and seamless palate that's suave and layered with a deep core and a long finish that's lent definition by delicate bitterness that offsets the 148 grams per liter residual sugar. This blend of 65% Sémillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc was matured as usual in all new barrels but the new oak is perfectly integrated and barely noticeable. - Yohan Castaing

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