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Château d'Yquem (375ml) 2006

$609.00 per bottle

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"Yquem’s greatness and uniqueness are certainly a result of a number of factors.

"First, it has a perfect location that is said to have its own microclimate. Second, the Lur Saluces family installed an elaborate drainage system with over 60 miles of pipes. Third, there is a fanatical obsession at Yquem to produce only the finest wines regardless of financial loss or trouble.

"It is this last factor that is the biggest reason why Yquem is so superior to its neighbours."

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"Yquem’s greatness and uniqueness are certainly a result of a number of factors.

"First, it has a perfect location that is said to have its own microclimate. Second, the Lur Saluces family installed an elaborate drainage system with over 60 miles of pipes. Third, there is a fanatical obsession at Yquem to produce only the finest wines regardless of financial loss or trouble.

"It is this last factor that is the biggest reason why Yquem is so superior to its neighbours."

— Robert Parker

Neil Martin
Neil Martin
95 The 2006 Yquem, which I last tasted in 2014, continues to be a great Yquem, not quite among the top tier but let's slot it in one level below. It possesses virtually the same aromatics as the last bottle that I tasted at the château: beeswax and lanolin merging with honeyed fruit, dried quince and marzipan. The palate is medium-bodied, viscous, a dash of spice on the entry with very good weight in the mouth. There is still that lovely saltiness on the finish that leaves you begging for another sip — completing a long-term Yquem that is only just finishing its first couple of chapters.
Jancis Robinson
Jancis Robinson
19/20 Unbelievable wine — with so much more concentration and richness than the other examples of 2006 Sauternes tasted immediately beforehand. Yet with no shortage of life either. Amazing smoothness, richness and depth spreads all across the palate — even better than I remember the 2005 at this stage. Edge of caramel already but the tingle of fresh green verdure. Great texture and lift and weight of sweetness. No volatility apparent whatsoever (unlike some others) - in fact Pierre Lurton said the VA levels were lower than in the last 30 years. Great finesse — wonderfully pure.
Name Château d'Yquem
Vintage 2006
Type Liquoreux / Sweet Wine
Appellation Sauternes
Classification 1er Cru Classé (1st growth)
Grape Varieties Semillon; Sauvignon Blanc
Format 375ml
Average Age of Vines 35 years old
Production 110,000 bottles
Soil
Winemaking Fermentation in 100% new oak barrels
Ageing 42 months' ageing in the same barrels
Website http://yquem.fr/
Food Pairings Fruit Dessert; Blue Cheese; Cow Cheese
Occasions Anniversary; Apéritif; Celebrations
When to Drink Enjoy over the Next 20 Years