2001 Yquem Dinner

Tasted Sunday, January 15, 2012 by aagrawal with 721 views

Introduction

This was an incredible event planned around sharing a 2001 Yquem. The theme of the night was Bordeaux and Sauternes. My favorites!

Overall, the 2001 Yquem was definitely an experience but was also far too young. If you have bottles, let them rest!

Flight 1 - Bordeaux (8 Notes)

With a champagne and burgundy starter.

  • 2002 De Meric Champagne Cuvée Rene Millesime Sous Bois 93 Points

    France, Champagne

    100% Pinot Meunier. A fantastic champagne, nose was toasty, nice, complex, with slight oxidation that I enjoyed; palate had lovely mouthfeel and bubbles, great freshness, nice acidity and tartness that made it mouthwatering. Superb and drinking well now but will last and improve for years. 93

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  • 2009 Faiveley Mercurey La Framboisière 90 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Mercurey

    Great balance, good red fruit, and very primary nose; palate is balanced, currently a bit closed or simplistic but very enjoyable and balanced, palate is structured but approachable. Overall very good and could probably age and improve for the short-medium term. 90

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  • 1990 Château Figeac 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Fabulous nose with complex woody/cedar components, nice spices, good fruit; palate was amazing with great fruit, still structured and tasting a bit young, great acid; finish was moderate length. This was my favorite red in the lineup today, but when I tried it six hours later it had started a slow fade. Still an excellent example of old-world bordeaux. 94

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  • 1988 Château Sociando-Mallet 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc

    Blackcurrant, dense nose; still tastes quite young with great primary fruit. This was a winner tonight and a consensus favorite among many at the tasting. I thought this was excellent but just a small step behind the 90 Figeac. 93

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  • 2000 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Drinking well but somewhat shut down. Good red fruits on the nose, strawberry and raspberry; palate is young but approachable, great acid; finish is medium-long. This shows tremendous potential for drinking in a decade (93-97 pts) but for now is somewhat closed. Wait minimum 5 years before opening up a bottle. 91-92++

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  • 2000 Château La Tour-Martillac 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nice notes of graphite, mineral, red and black fruits; palate still a bit tannic, great black fruits with blackberry. Good potential but a few years too young. 89-90+

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  • 1999 Château Quinault L'Enclos 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Nice complexity on the nose, mature, riper red fruit; palate excellent with ripe red fruits, still a tad oaky; finish is good but short. This is very good in a riper style and ready to drink now. 90

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  • 1996 Château Gombaude-Guillot 86 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

    Licorice on the nose, hint of alcohol; palate is a tad unbalanced with more alcohol than fruit. Past it's prime? It's still relatively structured, but there is little fruit for further development. I would drink up now as I don't think it will improve.

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Flight 2 - Sauternes (5 Notes)

  • 2001 Château d'Yquem 97 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Popped and poured with a slight chill. Very light, yellow-gold in color; the nose is a bit closed with decent fruit; the palate shows explosive flavor and has fantastic complexity and balance between sweetness and acid, there is purity and linearity normally only found in the best balanced icewines and the complexity found in great sauternes, great white fruits; finish is long. This wine is very young, almost as if it was just released and not like it has been aging for 10 years. I suspect that it is also a bit closed right now from the nose's reticence. I have some left and will see what it turns into in a few days. For now, excellent but not perfect although it certainly has potential a few decades from now. 95++
    Day 3: Nose is showing more today with a waxy/lanolin component and some white peach, cinnamon spice, definitely a classic young sauternes nose but with more complexity; palate is absolutely explosive, even more than on day 1, with fantastic density of fruit, spice, clean and fresh acidity throughout but especially in the midpalate and finish; finish is very long. This is certainly improved from the day it was opened, but it is still painfully young and will likely open up even more with more air. Though this is excellent now and I'm glad I tried it (and look forward to trying it again far in the future), I would recommend HOLDING for as long as you can bear (at least a decade). Right now the other 2001 Sauternes offer comparable drinking at much better value. 97++
    Day 6: Holding up well, even improving from three days ago. Sad to see the last of it go.

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  • 2001 Château de Fargues 97 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Color is gold-orange (darker than other 2001 sauternes by a shade); nose of apricot jam, peach, white fruits, citrus; palate is fresh, characteristic Fargues grapefruit tartness/bitterness that offsets the sugar, nice balance of sweetness and acidity; finish is medium-long with notable grapefruit flavors. This is absolutely superb and very unique. I think this was the sauternes of the night (among a group that included an 01 Guiraud, 01 Suduiraut, 01 Yquem, and 90 Suduiraut) and beat out the Yquem! Fabulous! My only slight concern is that this wine seems to be maturing slightly faster than the glacial pace of most top 2001 Sauternes (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). It certainly has at least a few decades ahead of it, but right now I am uncertain whether this wine will improve until age 50 like others from this vintage (Yquem, Rieussec, Suduiraut).
    Day 3: Nose today is showing orange peel, great density, slight oxidation, nice new hint of minerals that I don't recall from day 1, definitely more intensity; palate continues to show a great balance of sweetness and grapefruit tartness that makes this very unique at a time when most (young) sauternes are more similar than different, fantastic tongue tingling and mouthwatering acidity in the midpalate and finish; finish is long. This is one of my absolute favorites.
    Day 6: Definitely more of a mature note today with more caramel and copper. Palate continues to show great balance and acidity. 95-96
    Note: The next time I try this, check to see whether it continues to show these early maturity notes. The previous bottle I had did not have as much of this, but I also don't know how this bottle was stored so it may be slightly more advanced.

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  • 2001 Château Guiraud 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Medium gold color; nose of confectioner's sugar, apricot, white fruits, somewhat minerally; palate has great acid, full bodied; finish is medium-long and has great clean flavors. Very good and nearing early maturity. This is a very solid 2001 Sauternes that will drink well relatively early and is enjoyable now. 93-94
    Day 3: Nose continues to have confectioner's sugar, some minerality, and fruit; palate shows balanced white fruit that comes off as somewhat simple and linear next to the 01 Fargues and 01 Yquem (but very enjoyable in its own right). This is about the same or perhaps a tad down from day 1.

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  • 2001 Château Suduiraut 95 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    From a half, pop and pour. Light gold color; nose has spices, white fruit, nice complexity, just the faintest hint of chlorine (not a bad thing); palate has fantastic clean acidity, white peaches/stone fruit, style is somewhat thicker and viscous; finish is long and enjoyable. This is very young tasting, classic flavors, and great structure that signal well for future development. This is very young tasting and hard to judge, but I predict it will develop nicely and will have a long life. 95

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  • 1990 Château Suduiraut 85 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Copper colored; nose is a bit funky, copper, aged/mature, orange; palate is metallic, dry, losing its fruit, slightly out of balance; finish is bone dry. Drink now, on the downslope. This vintage of Suduiraut has always aged fast, though this bottle seems significantly more advanced than a bottle tasted out of my cellar. I will plan to finish my remaining bottles in the short term. 85

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