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Chateau Yquem (375ml) 1981

rrp: $450.00

$376.00 per bottle

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"The 1981 is certainly an outstanding Yquem. Light golden, with a moderately intense bouquet of spicy, vanillin oak, fresh melons, and tropical fruit, this full-bodied Yquem has average acidity and a plump, viscous, somewhat precocious feel on the palate. Remarkably long and clean in the finish."Robert Parker

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1981 VINTAGE

90 The 1981 is certainly an outstanding Yquem, but it will not be considered one of this property's greatest efforts. Light golden, with a moderately intense bouquet of spicy, vanillin oak, fresh melons, and tropical fruit, this full-bodied Yquem has average acidity and a plump, viscous, somewhat precocious feel on the palate. Remarkably long and clean in the finish.

 

Provenance - a cold European cellar.

Name Château d'Yquem
Vintage 1981
Type Liquoreux / Sweet White
Appellation Sauternes
Classification Premier Cru Supérieur / 1st Growth Superior
Grape Varieties 80% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon 
Format 375ml
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Vineyard 113 Hectares
Average Age of Vines  
Production 9,000 Cases
Soil Flat pebbles and coarse gravel with clay subsoil
Winemaking Handpicked over 5-6 periods spread over 6 weeks. Grapes pressed 3-4 times firstly in pneumatic press followed by vertical press. Barrel fermentation for 2-6 weeks. Wine from grapes picked on the same day are initially aged seperately for 6-8 months prior to blend and ageing.
Ageing 36 months in 100% new barrels.
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‘A persuasive case can be made that Yquem is Bordeaux's single greatest wine.'
Robert Parker

‘There is something very special, and indeed very consistent about Yquem. It is by quite some way the richest, most concentrated, most intense wine of its kind.' Clive Coates, Master of Wine

www.chateau-yquem.fr - superb website with good information on the 1981 vintage