Chateau d’Yquem 2009 En Primeur Sauternes
Chateau d’Yquem – Exceptional First Growth Sauternes
Bill Blatch: Picked fast as the botrytis reached “rôti” stage mainly in two short intense periods: 1st to 7th October then 10th – 13th, this has turned out to be quite a rich Yquem. At first, it seemed a bit smothered by its opulence. It will certainly be a very lush Yquem – they never like to go much over 130 g/l and this is 155, but it has gradually evolved a certain tightness and the fruit has become more vibrant, giving the wine the characteristic ‘lift’ and poise that make it so famous.
Yquem Tasting Notes and Expert Ratings
Decanter – 19.5 Points: Perfection again, with the monumental body and flavour of the vintage: but a magical winemaking touch avoids any heaviness and gives a crystalline Riesling-like purity of taste and texture which is thrilling! For me the most formally perfect Sauternes of the vintage and a glorious affirmation of the property’s new style: as rich as ever but with more flexibility to express the best and most original aspects of the vintage.
Jancis Robinson – 19+ Points: Lively greenish gold. Very indulgent nose that sends a tingle down the spine. Great tang and life as well as richness. So pure and flirtatious – not one of the sweetest but beautiful balance and refreshment, without being an ‘aperitif style Sauternes’. Quite exceptionally persistent. Hints of blossom and real lift. Orange peel and real zest – great energy. Not heavy at all, This takes 2009 Sauternes to a new level. Extremely bright fruit. Long and rich. Not a fat style of Yquem. Drink 2016-2046
Wine Spectator – 97-100 Points: What a fabulous wine. It’s an explosion of fruit, yet it’s very refined. I absolutely love the nose on this, with apricot tart, apple crumble, caramel and crème brûlée. Full-bodied, superripe and spicy, with mango, papaya, spices and sweet dried lemons. Incredibly long. It really rocks your socks off. Amazing. This could be even better than 2001.
Wine Advocate – 96-98 Points: The 2009 Yquem has an almost ethereal nose, beautifully defined with scents of honey, honeysuckle, pear, fresh apricot and a hint of quince. It blossoms in the glass, gaining intensity and expanding across the ether. The immediate impression is not of a powerful, rich, botrytis-laden Yquem, but one that has semblances with the 2007 in terms of poise and precision, the acidity defining the wine in its youth and around that, subtle notes of honey, fig, pear, apricot and just a hint of ginger adding vibrancy and edginess towards the pure and tensile finish. As expected, there is extraordinary persistency, lingering in the mouth long after the wine has disappeared, yet it will remain long in the memory.
All prices are £ per case, In Bond UK. Wines are currently in barrel and will be bottled and shipped from 2012 after which either in bond storage, in bond delivery or duty paid delivery (including VAT) charges will be invoiced at 2012 rates.