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Sauternes - 2003

Château d'Yquem

4.50 / 5.0

white still, sweet
Sauternes AOC, France
Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc
not available
Château d'Yquem Sauternes 2003


4.50 / 5.0750 ml@101 Bar · Small Growers: 45 years past the revolution

This wine captivates with an intriguing array of flavours, starting with the earthy note of green walnut and the refreshing touch of menthol. The damp, earthy essence of a wet cellar is beautifully complemented by the notes of persimmon, white chocolate, vanilla, and toffee.

On the palate, the wine is round, delectable and multilayered. Quite fresh considering high sugar content, rich and persistent. Delightful.

Wine #14 on Small Growers: 45 years past the revolution event.

Château d'Yquem

Château d'Yquem, dating back to the 16th century, is the most renowned sweet wine producer in the world, located in the Sauternes region of Bordeaux. The estate is currently owned by LVMH, acquired in 1999. Château d'Yquem is uniquely positioned in the appellation of Sauternes, celebrated for its exceptional microclimate conducive to the development of Botrytis cinerea, essential for the production of its distinguished sweet wines.

D'Yquem was granted a superior Premier Cru Supérieur status in the 1855 Bordeaux Wine Official Classification, the only Sauternes property to receive this exclusive ranking. The estate's wines are known for their remarkable complexity, longevity, and balance between sweetness and acidity. Regarding the Lur-Saluces name (which is printed on some labels), it refers to the family that owned Château d'Yquem for nearly 300 years until 1999. The family's stewardship, particularly under Marquis Bertrand de Lur-Saluces in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was instrumental in establishing d'Yquem's reputation. As a homage to this legacy, bottles produced during and shortly after the Lur-Saluces tenure often bear the family name, signifying a historical era for the estate.