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2007 Chateau d'Yquem 1er Cru Supérieur Classé Sauternes

2007 Chateau d'Yquem 1er Cru Supérieur Classé Sauternes

98 Points - Robert Parker

98 Points - Gilbert & Gaillard

96 Points - Wine Spectator

95 Points - Decanter

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  • 750ml Bottle

    Château d'Yquem is an entity unto itself in Sauternes. It is the only château classified as Premier Cru Supérieur, or Superior First Growth, ahead of all the other Premier Crus in the 1855 Classification of Sauternes and Barsac. Without a doubt, this is the finest property in the region, producing the gold standard of botrytised dessert wine not only in Bordeaux, but in the entire world.

    Yquem is located on the highest hill in Sauternes and is bestowed with the best conditions for ripening grapes and the development of noble rot. The vineyards consist of 110 hectares planted with 75% Sèmilon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc on a pebble and gravel topsoil over a clay subsoil. All grapes are hand harvested over multiple passes through the vineyard. The wine is fermented in 100% new French oak and aged in barrel for 36 months until bottling. The resulting wines can age for decades and are amongst the most coveted in the world.

    According to the team at d'Yquem, the 2007 vintage reminded them of a combination of 1997, the legendary 1967 and the stylish 1988. The wealth of flavour on the palate is seamless and completely mouthfilling without yet showing the glorious detail to come, while the finish is sensationally long. This has lived up to every expectation in 2007 and will surely be considered as one of the truly great d'Yquems of all time.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Due to poor weather during much of the growing season, this vintage should, by all rights, be best forgotten. And it is true that summer temperatures were cool, there were 100 mm of precipitation in August, ripening was very uneven, there were burst berries, etc. However, a miraculous and radical change in the weather propitious to botrytis turned what started out as a handicap to a decisive advantage. In fact, the variety and complexity of grapes brought in at different stages produced a fantastic wine.

    TASTING NOTES

    Château d'Yquem has a very long life span: twenty, fifty, a hundred years, or more… As with all great wines, Yquem is transfigured over time, developing a host of deliciously subtle aromas and flavours. Its colour changes over the years from the brightness of dawn to the darkness of dusk, and from shimmering straw yellow to golden-brown with amber and caramel highlights, and then to mahogany.

  • REVIEWS

    'Tasted single blind against its peers. Under blind conditions, the Yquem 2007 shines like a diamond. Nevertheless, it is initially rather taciturn on the nose, eventually opening up beautifully with touches of lemon curd, Mirabelle, and clear honey. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine definition and there seems to be a great deal of energy and vigor dispensed for your pleasure. There is such race and nervosity, and then that finish just purrs with harmony and focus. This Yquem feels just so alive and vivacious, yet there is an effortless quality here that is unmatched by its peers.'
    98 Points - Robert Parker


    'This is amazing. Full of spicy botrytis character, with smoke and piecrust underneath. Full and rich, yet not cloying or too dense. It's lively and long, finishing with intensity and powerl. A unnerving combination of wild ripe fruit and intense botrytis, with lively acidity. Really powerful. Should be a perfect wine.'

    97-100 Points - James Suckling, Wine Spectator


    'This has really started to put on weight, with heather and ginger notes emerging from the core of dried pineapple, bergamot, candied grapefruit rind and mango. Long and creamy through the very rich, spicy finish, with lingering golden raisin and frangipane notes. Loads of power in reserve, as this sports the bold, hedonistic profile of the vintage in spades. Best from 2020 through 2050.'

    96 Points - Wine Spectator

    'Medium gold, already quite evolved. Heady stone fruits and honey on the nose, with generous fruit. Very sweet and succulent but there’s fine acidity to balance the palate, which has beguiling sweetness. Very long, with a minty finish, but a tad evolved for a young Yquem.'
    95 Points - Decanter

    'Deep golden with an orange tinge. Very tangy. And thick. At the same time. Massive weight! Extraordinary fullness. An edge of something a bit corrective - almost bitter. Very big and hits you between eyeballs. Citrus pith. Needs to settle down and become more gentle. Big and round. Almost over the top. So rich!!!!! But definite bitterness on the finish. Winemaker Sandrine Garbay, who has been there an incredible 14 years, thinks the 2001 has more finesse. I agree.'
    19/20 Jancis Robinson