chateau d'yquem premier cru superieur, sauternes 2009
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
100
JAMES SUCKLING
98

2009 chateau d'yquem premier cru superieur, sauternes

Why We're Buying

Only one property in Sauternes has ever earned the distinction as Premier Cru Supérieur. That estate: Château d'Yquem. The winemaking powerhouse has built a reputation for unmatched complexity and elegance, which has led to astronomical prices. In 2006, an investor paid $1.5 million for a single lot of Château d'Yquem wine.

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
100

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Pale to medium gold colored, the 2009 d'Yquem bursts from the glass with gregarious crème caramel, allspice, dried apricots, mandarin peel and pineapple upside down cake scents plus a fragrant undercurrent of fungi, acacia honey, candied ginger, musk perfume and frangipani. Full-bodied and full-on hedonic in the mouth, the rich, tightly wound layers are still amazingly youthful with bags of citrus sparks and an incredibly long, perfumed finish. Possessing a residual sugar of 157 grams per liter and 13.6% alcohol as well as a laser-focused line of freshness, the rock-solid structure and through-the-roof opulence here is simply mind blowing. Pure perfection. (LPB)

JAMES SUCKLING
98

James Suckling

The length to this is exceptional with an intensity yet subtlety. Full and medium sweet with bright and exciting acidity. It's all in balance here. Creme brulee, pineapple, and papaya. Lasts so long on finish. It's so fabulous now. It will age forever but it's already a joy to taste, even drink.

VINOUS
97

Vinous

This has a very refined and sophisticated bouquet with wild honey, brioche, vanilla pod and light orange blossom aromas, beautifully refined. The palate is very well defined with fine acidity, very elegant in style with pure botrytised fruit and superb acidity on the finish. Ah...that is more like it. (NM)

WINE SPECTATOR
98

Wine Spectator

The aromas are closed today, but the core is loaded with apricot, nectarine and orange notes, bolted by a citrus zest spine and backed by toasted almond and piecrust accents on the finish. A large-scale Yquem that shows the richness of the vintage. (JM, Web Only-2014)

WINE ENTHUSIAST
100

Wine Enthusiast

Barrel sample. The aromas are so rich and powerful, with great ripe apricots. There are honey, spice and beautiful sweet spiced pears. This is an extraordinary wine in an extraordinary year in Sauternes. (RV)

DECANTER
95

Decanter

Voluptuous honeyed nose, with peach compote aromas and spicy oak. Has a fine attack, leaner and more precise than the nose suggests. It's minty and almost peppery, with dried apricot flavours, a wine of tremendous drive and discreet power. Decidedly sweet but well balanced and very long. (SB)