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2001 Château d'Yquem

  • 100 WA
  • 100 WS
  • 19 JR
  • 100 JS
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 49137-2001

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    Berry Bros' cellars seem to be awash with this great wine, to judge from the number of times I have been lucky enough to taste, nay drink, it chez eux. Sumptuous, glorious with richness, concentration yet no heaviness and quite enough freshness to see it through for decades. Thank you. Reviewed: June, 2017
    Drink Dates: 2012-2055
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 100

    The greatest young Yquem I have ever tasted from bottle. Yellow, with a golden hue and an almost green tint. Intense aromas of botrytis, spices and blanched almonds follow through to honey, maple syrup, dried apricot and pineapple. Full-bodied, sweet, thick and powerful, with layers of fruit and a bright, lively finish. Coats the palate yet remains exciting. So balanced and refined, showing the pedigree that only this Sauternes estate can deliver. 10,000 cases made. Reviewed: November, 2005
    Drink Dates: 2012+
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Nov, 15, 2005
  • | Rating: 100

    What a pure wine, with honey, caramel, cooked apple, bon bon, and pear tart. Dried apricots and peaches develop with time in the glass. What a palate, it is very sweet and rich at the impact, but then it’s dense and opulent like a Grand Cru Burgundy, think Montrachet. Apples, honey, and pineapples with hints of mango on the palate. This is an incredible wine, a real dream, a legend. 150 grams of RS.
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Monday, April 9, 2012
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2019 - 2100
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
    Issue: Issue 244 End of August 2019
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: Toby Thomas
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: Peter B
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: LJLAnesthesia
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: rsfj
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: RWG III
  • Self | Rating: 100

    honey,tangerines and a finish i still taste a day wonder parker gave this a perfect score
    Author: qiiidad
  • Self | Rating: 5

    Simply superb. Fresh, youthful, intensely concentrated. Vibrant acidity will keep going for many years.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2021
    Author: A Howells
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Simply the best wine I have tasted. If it were possible to condense the aromas, taste and feeling of an English summer's day into a glass, this is it. I have never tasted a wine like this, and was my first Yquem. I can almost still taste it... nothing like it. Beyond 100?
    Author: Andrew S651
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Stellar; |liquid gold|.
    Author: g4shay
  • Self | Rating:

    still very young. well balanced not sure it's a 100 pointer though
    Author: Peter
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Without question the single greatest liquid I have ever had in my mouth. That sounds so hyperbolic, and I am not one to toss out hyperbole just to make a point. This was honestly the most amazing liquid I've ever tasted. I was licking the glass at one point just to get the last hint of flavor. So rich, velvety, unctuous. A candy-store of fruit flavors, though not in an artificial, saccharine sense. Just deep and flavorful and delicious.
    Author: Jeff OinLA
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.
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 8137 bottles owned
  • 728 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 100
    (Out of 728 collectors)