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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2005
Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2005
(search item no. 97062)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $799.00

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
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 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 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
1975 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1967 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2001 vintage of this wine was ranked #10 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2005

Lovely, brilliant, golden-yellow color. Concentrated nose of apricot compote, dried fruit, and figs with vanilla and floral (jasmine and acacia blossom) aromas. The bouquet opens up after swirling in the glass to reveal extremely fresh citrus zest overtones that emphasize the wine's subtle refinement.

2005 Yquem starts out deliciously suave and caressing on the palate, with perfect balance. The fresh acidity and elegance complement the wine's restrained power, giving it incredible class.

There are strong flavors of gingerbread, orange nonette cakes and licorice followed by a gorgeous acid tang that underpins the wine's beautiful, long aftertaste on a par with the chateau's most illustrious vintages. The tremendously varied and complex flavors all seem to vibrate on the same wavelength, melting into a subtle whole.

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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.