#4 - 2011 Chateau d'Yquem Bordeaux
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The key to Chateau d'Yquem's success is in its dedication to individually-selected grapes. Each year, the estate hires 100 harvesters to pluck each individual grape from its stem, resulting in a wine that only uses the best-quality fruit from that season. The Chateau is the highest-rated producer in the region, earning a Premier Cru Superieur title. The famous noble rot on this estate brings the Chateau's wines an earthy quality. Robert Parker has acknowledged the lasting power of this estate's vintages, noting that the wines nearly always keep well in a cellar for decades.
Chateau d'Yquem blends Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, lending the wine densely complex flavors. The Chateau emphasizes timely harvests above all else, with each harvester passing through the vines at least six times every season to select only the most botrytized grapes. Its yields are smaller than other Sauternes estates, at just nine hectoliters per hectare.
The 2011 Chateau d'Yquem was an excellent year, with wine critics comparing it to the producer's highly-regarded 2001 vintage, and describing the botrytis flavors as some of the most compelling the winery has ever produced. The 2011 is expected to cellar until as late as 2060.