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Chateau d'Yquem 2001

Your Price: $545.00

Producer: Chateau d'Yquem
Optimum drinking: 2017-2100
Rating: 100 - Robert Parker
Grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Winemaker: Comte Alexandre de Lur-Saluces
Appellation: A.O.C. Sauternes, Bordeaux
Bottle report: Excellent condition.

Château d'Yquem 2001 is absolutely stunning, one of the finest Yquems on the market today with flawless balance and an incredible drinking window of 70 years.

There is no rush to drink Yquem, especially the 2001 vintage, but when you can resist the temptation no more we would recommend that you serve it alongside a foie gras or oyster starter, or with a fine blue cheese. Several top international chefs have also partnered Yquem with sole and lobster dishes.

"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."

"...a hint of green in its light gold color. While somewhat reticent aromatically, with airing, it offers up honeyed tropical fruit, orange marmalade, pineapple, sweet creme brulee, and buttered nut-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied with gorgeously refreshing acidity as well as massive concentration and unctuosity. Everything is uplifted and given laser-like focus by refreshing acidity. This large-scaled, youthful Yquem appears set to take its place among the most legendary vintages of the past, and will age effortlessly for 75+ years." Robert Parker

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Chateau d'Yquem 2001