2001 Yquem

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAUTERNES
  • 100 WA
  • 100 WS
  • 19 JR
  • 100 JS
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 49137-2001
  • 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
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 100

    This is so layered and intense on the palate with lemons and dried pineapple, mango and honey. Full body, very sweet, but it remains tangy and vibrant. Shows such amazing balance and intensity. Crazy finish. Hints of vanilla and apple puree. One of the greatest Yquems ever. All about purity here. Reviewed: September, 2013
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    You may ask: what is the point? Another perfect score for the 2001 d'Yquem. Oh well, why not? This bottle, served blind, reinforced the sheer unadulterated brilliance of this legendary Sauternes now at 15 years old. Doesn't time fly. It seems to be aging at a glacial pace, hardly changed since I last tasted it. The nose is like the throbbing engine of an Aston Martin Vantage, ready to go. It is so packed with intensity, perhaps a little more resinous than I recall, but with almost crystalline delineation. The palate is perfectly balanced and laden with botrytis, not as unctuous or as rich as say, the 2009 d'Yquem, yet with heavenly focus and a crescendo of flavors that take your breath away: acacia honey, yellow plum, white peach and orange sorbet. The startling things is ... this is just the opening act. Tasted September 2016.

    Drink Dates: 2030-2101
    Author: Neal Martin
    Issue: 227
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: dave1161
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    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 later....no 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)