Wine Region: Sauternes, France
Grapes: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc
A year that had several major advantages in terms of weather: Grapes harvested during the first pass confirmed having lived up to their potential. Unfortunately, however, relentless rain in October ruined nearly 80% of the crop, and production was limited to 25,000 bottles. A vintage reminiscent of 1982.
Wine Spectator 92 pts - Forward and flattering, with unctuous marmalade, blood orange, apricot chutney and ginger notes. Juicy and engaging, but without the finely beaded acidity to stretch out fully. Drink now through 2035.
James Suckling 91 pts - A rich Yquem, with coffee, dried orange skin, and dried apples. Full and sweet, with a round body and very yummy. A touch of bitterness on the palate.
Robert Parker 90 pts - Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The millennial 2000 Chateau d’Yquem is a valiant effort in one of the most challenging Sauternes vintages in recent memory. The 2000 is quite deep in color. The nose is crisp and well-defined but not the most complex, as you would expect from a truly challenging growing season in Sauternes. It is pleasant in its own way with delicate scents of tangerine, yellow flowers and Mirabelle. The palate is well-balanced with marmalade tinged opening. I like the acidity here, an Yquem with good race, although it does feel a little tapered toward the finish. Drink now-2025. Tasted March 2014.
About the Winery
With Romain-Bertrand de Lur-Saluces, the grandson of Françoise-Joséphine, what was only a family possession is recognized internationally. In 1855, as a posthumous recognition of the work done by the lady of Yquem, the estate was elevated to the rank of the one and only first superior cru of the classification established at the request of Emperor Napoleon III for the Paris World Fair. .
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