Château d'Yquem 2001
“It is among a very small clutch of incredible wines that crash through the 100-point ceiling and rocket beyond the stratosphere!” robertparker.com
|Grape Blend||Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon|
|Winemaker||Comte Alexandre de Lur-Saluces|
Château d'Yquem 2001 is an absolutely stunning sweet white wine from Sauternes; one of the finest Yquems on the market today with flawless balance and an incredible drinking window of 70 years. It was purchased in its original wooden cases.
There is no rush to drink Yquem, especially the 2001 vintage, but when you can resist the temptation no more we would recommend that you serve it alongside a foie gras or oyster starter, or with a fine blue cheese such as Roquefort. Several top international chefs have also partnered Yquem with sole and lobster dishes.
"Just a perfect Yquem – absolutely flawless. The nose just explodes from the glass with honey, citrus fruits, orange peel, almond, coconut and lots of creamy new oak that is completely subsumed into the bouquet. The palate has perfect balance, vibrant acidity and a sense of tautness and poise that I would love to infuse into the preceding Cuvee da Capo! Incredibly length, this is just an exceptional Yquem born a legend.
“I have had the very good fortune to taste the 2001 d'Yquem perhaps a dozen times since its release and have never been less than absolutely floored by its combination of poise, purity, precision and layer upon intricate, jaw-dropping layer of flavor nuances. It is among a very small clutch of incredible wines that crash through the 100-point ceiling and rocket beyond the stratosphere! A testament to that magic that can be created when an uncommonly great vintage for Sauternes brings out the best of an extraordinary vineyard and is skillfully, sensitively crafted, the 2001 is a true wine rarity that must be tried to be believed. Pale to medium lemon-gold, the nose is simply WOW—an absolute show-stopper, delivering vibrant, youthful lime cordial, pink grapefruit and lemon meringue pie scents followed up by suggestions of chamomile tea, saffron, cassis and nutmeg plus wafts of marzipan, crushed rocks and beeswax. The palate is beyond-belief intense, offering a myriad of decadent citrus fruit preserves and earthy/mineral-inspired nuances, instilling incredible depth, all punctuated by profound freshness and finishing epically long and exquisitely delicious.” robertparker.com