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Yquem 2001

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Sauternes and Barsac
ColourSweet White
Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc/Semillon

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Tasting Notes

Just weeks after tasting the 2001 Château d’Yquem at the estate, another bottle was served at a lunch in London and it was perfection. The aromatics are practically identical and likewise the palate, but this bottle, which had been decanted, displays a scintilla more tension, perhaps more "vibrancy" that so effortlessly counterbalances the richness. Irrespective of points, it is simply one of the most magnificent wines of any kind that can pass your lips. 2021 - 2100

Neal Martin, vinous.com, September 2021
Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, July 2008

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. Best after 2012. 10,000 cases made.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, September 2005

Mid gold. Extremely embyronic. Intense and spicy on the nose. Wonderfully big and rich and almost over the top - lots of botrtytis and very very pure honey and pear juice essence. Great freshness - although we jumped from 1934 to 2001, the 2001 is so good that it easily stood up to the jump and didn't seem too callow. Just at the end there's a little note of chewiness. Wonderfully round and sumptuous. Great vivacity.Drink 2015-2050Date tasted 13th Feb 08

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2008

For a Château that rarely, if ever, produces a bad wine, Yquem has truly surpassed itself with its 2001. It is quite simply sensational. The nose literally jumps from the glass with dazzling and complex aromas of tropical fruit . The palate is super-concentrated with layer upon layer of tropical fruit, coconut, vanilla and candied spice. Despite the impressive weight and richness, it remains vibrant and effortlessly poised, cut through with citrus acidity of incredible precision. The length is phenomenal......you can still taste it five minutes later. This honestly may be the greatest Yquem ever.

Farr Vintners, April 2002

The 2001 Château d'Yquem, already a modern legend, is one of the most impressive wines released this year. Some have already made comparisons to such extraordinary Yquems as the 1967, 1959 and 1921. The sweet white shows incredible balance and power for a young Sauternes, with layers of ripe and very sweet fruit and long, bright acidity on the finish. It's a wine that already gives pleasure but will improve in the cellar for decades to come.

-, Wine Spectator (Dec 31, 05), December 2005
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There are 10,000 cases of this perfect sweet white Bordeaux. The 2001 Yquem reveals 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. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2100+.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

Extremely perfumed, with pineapple, lime and vanilla as well as hints of apricot and peach. Full-bodied and very sweet, with an explosion of fruit on the palate. Goes on and on and has an electrifying finish. All this richness but incredible balance and harmony. I love it. Could be the new benchmark for sweet wines.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, May 2005

Medium depth of slightly greenish gold and obvious density so that it was not by any means translucent. Quite exceptionally rich, heady and unctuous on the nose. Extremely round and complete with just a hint of bitter orange/Oxford marmalade that gives it spine - though a very slight edge of bitterness at this early stage. A deeply reverberating wine with all the layers of super-ripe pears one would expect in a heavy botrytis year and the most magnificent satin texture. But this sample, I swear, even had a hint a roquefort in its undoubted depths. This is an incredibly long wine that caresses the palate - so why am I not giving it 20 out of 20? Because of that little note of bitterness on the finish which may very well dissipate and I'd be delighted to re-taste this on an annual basis so that I can review that score. This is a great Yquem - perhaps not quite as absolutely massive nor as unapproachable as I would imagine the 1967 was in 1971 - but which should enjoy a long, long life

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2005
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