chateau d'yquem, y, bordeaux 2009
WINE SPECTATOR
98
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
100

2009 chateau d'yquem, y, bordeaux

Why We're Buying

With more than 400 years of family winemaking history, Chateau d'Yquem is a titan of the industry. It's white Bordeaux blends routinely receive near-perfect ratings, with the 2013 vintage ranking in Wine Spectator's Top 100. Y is also one of five wines from Sauternes on the Liv-ex 1000 Index.

Critics Scores

WINE SPECTATOR
98

Wine Spectator

Dense and unctuous, but with lacy detail already showing along the edges, as light toasty hazelnut and piecrust notes lead the way for creamed melon, mango and pineapple flavors, with hints of green plum and honeysuckle. There’s mouthwatering drive on the finish, which drips with a rosehip honey note that keeps pulling you back. Stunning. Best from 2020 through 2055.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
100

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 2009 Chateau d’Yquem is one showstopper of a wine and perhaps it is only in a vertical that you realize this is up there among the legendary wines of the past – the 2001 included. It has a wonderful nose that expresses the Semillon component majestically: heady aromas of lemon curd, nectarine, jasmine and honeysuckle that all gain momentum in the glass. The oak is supremely well-integrated. The palate is extremely well-balanced with an unctuous entry. You are immediately knocked sideways by the palpable weight and volume in the mouth, which is almost “bulbous,” with layer upon layer of heavily botrytized fruit. It builds to a spicy finish with hints of marzipan and pralines in the background that lend it an untrammeled sense of exoticism. The 2009 is utterly fabulous and decadent, a star that will blaze brightly and undimmed for many years. Drink now-2060+. Tasted March 2014.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
100

Wine Enthusiast

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.

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. Better in 2020.