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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2006
Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2006
(search item no. 103636)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $639.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2005 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2000 James Suckling rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1975 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1967 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Discovering Chateau d'Yquem starts with the bouquet. Although not always very outgoing in young vintages, it is marked by fruit (apricot, mandarin, and occasionally tropical fruit) and oak (vanilla and toast aromas). Older vintages, on the other hand, have an extradordinarily complex fragrance as soon as the bottle is opened.

The bouquet is amazingly subtle, with hints of dried fruit (dried apricot, prune, stewed fruit, and marmalade), spice (cinnamon, saffron, and liquorice), and even flowers (linden blosson, etc).

The first impression of Chateau d'Yquem on the palate is always silky, and often sumptuous. It then fills out, "coating the palate". This wine has a strong, but never overbearing character, with great elegance and poise. It always maintains a balance between sugar and acidity (sweetness and freshness).

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About Chateau d'Yquem:

In 1993, Château d'Yquem celebrated 400 years of ownership by the same family. In 1593, the Sauvage family bought this estate which came into the Lur Saluces patrimony when Francoise Joséphine de Sauvage married Count Louis Amédée de Lur Saluces in 1785. Marquis Bertrand de Lur Saluces was one of the 20th century's most important personalities in the world of wine.

Count Alexandre de Lur Saluces has followed in his Uncle Betrand's footsteps since 1968. Highly motivated to perfect this prestigious product while respecting tradition, he is determined to offer maximum quality. All those who love this inimitable wine, from Jefferson to Pamela Harriman, former U.S. Ambassador, by way of great Duke Constantine, have approved this philosophy from vintage to vintage.

Yquem is the result of painstaking efforts by everyone who works on the estate. However, nature is the major factor in making the most of the rare soil of Yquem.