2002 Yquem 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Sauternes | Sauternes-Barsac Premier Cru Superieur/ White / Bordeaux Blend
2002 Yquem
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Jancis Robinson | 18

Young Sauternes often reminds me of pear juice and this wine, tasted from a half bottle just couriered from Bordeaux, was like nothing more than the healthiest, cleanest pear juice. Pale gold with a slightly greener tinge than most young Yquem. Very fresh, long and deep-flavoured this wine has that ingredient X that Yquem always seems to manage, but this is certainly not one of the sweetest or most intense Yquems. It is certainly greater than any other 2002 sweet white bordeaux I remember tasting, with the strongly possible exception of Climens, but is almost spookily open for a recently-bottled Yquem. There?s the merest hint of astringency on the finish still but this wine could be enjoyed in its relatively simple youth.

Drink Dates: 2007-2025
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Spectator | 96

Beautiful apple, vanilla and honey aromas, with just the right amount of new wood. Full-bodied, medium sweet, with lots of pretty pineapple and honey. Long and refined. A beautifully silky and balanced Sauternes. Lots of intensity and well-knit. Unrivaled in this vintage.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 94
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 07/13/2014
Score: 90
Author: Wang Chong
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 03/03/2010
Score: 96
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/24/2010
Score: 94
Author: miramont jp
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 01/31/2010

About This Producer


Chateau d'Yquem is world famous for its sweet wine, which commands some of the highest prices on the market. Established in 1593, the chateau is located in the Sauternes region of Bordeaux and is the only property given the highest rating of Premier Cru Superieur. The estate contains a 110-hectare vineyard planted with 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. The wines are created from botrytized fruit that is picked by hand in several passes by up to 150 harvesters. The "Noble Rot" (Botrytis Cinera) depletes the water content in the berry, concentrating the natural sugar levels. The resultant wine's high sugar content is matched by high level of acidity, allowing the wine to age for more than 50 years in the best vintages. The opulence of Yquem's youth turns complex, rich and honeyed as it ages. Chateau d'Yquem's second wine, Ygrec Y, is a dry Bordeaux Blanc.

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