White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château d'Yquem

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

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Community Tasting Notes 378

  • drjb Likes this wine: 100 points

    September 30, 2020 - Wine Group Dinner #179, Harvey's Restaurant, Brisbane. 2005 Right Bank Major Growths. the 2001 Yquem remains a stunning wine of rich golden colour and a 'forever' nose of preserved peaches, apricot and cumquat jam, pineapple tarte tatin, leatherwood honey and creme caramel. The palate is a treat of the same flavours but with afine acid and tannic grip that gives poise and length to the beautiful finish. This a great Yquem that justifies all the praise written and spoken to it.

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  • Rodenbach99 Likes this wine: 97 points

    September 27, 2020 - Superbe liquide jaune dorée pâle, le vin a à l'oeil une longue vie devant lui. Il nous acceuille avec un beau botrytis avec des pêches confites, miel et sirop d'érable. La bouche est parfaitement équilibrée. Une franche acidité vient balancer le sucre et le botrytis. La finale est interminable.

  • aquacongas wrote: 96 points

    July 14, 2020 - blind
    not my cup of tea anymore but really impressive and well drinkable. Dried fruts but the fresh elements are dominat. Great acidity. Will survive me for sure. 96+

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  • NoTrollingerPlease Likes this wine: 96 points

    June 7, 2020 - A relaxed afternoon with two crazy guys (@Private location, Solingen): Glass: Zalto Universal
    Popped and poured from half bottle. How do you approach the highest rated wine in CellarTracker? Glowing medium amber color. Warm, balanced, fine and deep nose with some volatile acidity. We should have decanted the bottle.
    You need to drink Yquem with a certain temperature. If you drink it to cold as we initially did, it is “just” a good Sauternes. If gets the right temperature (around 12 degree Celsius) it starts to open up and develops an unbelievable depth, pressure and length. So fine, elegant, multi-layered and complex. The length is almost NEVER.ENDING. Absolutely fantastic, but IMHO not yet at its full peak. 96-97++

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  • jdtonic Likes this wine: 97 points

    June 3, 2020 - from .375

    bright gold into deep gold
    early nose of botrytis, leaded gasoline and lemon oil

    She darkens noticeably with some swirling and the petrol blows off into beeswax, botrytis infused pineapple, apricot jam, honey, yellow rose and marzipan.

    Early palate of mulling-spiced cider, grilled pineapple, botrytis, lemon oil, apricot, white pepper and, indeed, both the flavor and heat sensation of jalapeño jelly! Very, very tasty, and longer than either of us have patience to explore..

    "Settling into" a nose of grilled pineapple, honey-roasted almonds, marzipan and fresh golden apple.
    I think i put my glass down 2 minutes ago, and she isn't finished as a cornucopia (in the main listed above but with other nuts/spices) of fruits including cinnamon, mango ,,, ends in my mouth at 3.5 minutes with the smell of new Pirelli tires crushing wasp-apples...

    (end day 1)

    ..ok, the half sip left in glass (no longer) was a very distinct blend of lemongrass and vanilla bean.

    97

    June 4, 2020.
    Day 2 starts with amber-tinged gold, like mildly occluded yellow diamonds.

    Nose of Pledge (lemon oil, verbena, furniture polish, propellant) In Toto, canned peaches, and ... wait for it... BOTRYTIS! Actually this is somewhat unusual in my experience. Someone earlier commented that they sensed "finest botrytis." I am forced to echo.

    After a swirl, she's just the peaches (in sweet syrup) and the polish on the nose. Ahhh, polish gives way to pineapple and that apricot tart.

    Silky mouthfeel odd in a beverage with the consistency of 5W-30, very nice acidity here--and all honey, peach syrup and noble rot on the tongue. A little weaker, relative to her nose, are her gulp flavors, this evening. More yellow rose and
    honeysuckle on the nose with air..

    The flavors work up, but a bland note -- like the flavor of the actual rose petal if chewed, seems to "clip" her finish. (clipped at a minute -ish)

    My gosh, hard to not swig this down. Her sediment is actually sugar! A little whiff of brine on the palate this sediment. [Indeed it is nearly pure sugar.]

    The last smell into the split is very yellow and woodsy, and boasts the most lifted aromas of canned peaches, lemongrass, and ---- vanilla inflected-----* ---BOTRYTIS.***

    97
    Hold

    (got peach crême brulée clearing my glass.)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/26/2009 (link) 96 points

    (Château d'Yquem) From 375 - bright canary yellow color; big, tropical fruit, orange cream, coconut, lemon and creamy lime nose; rich, delicious, ripe lemon, lime and orange cream palate; long finish 96+ pts. (drinking remarkably well now, but with so much potential for additional complexity)

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/11/2006 (link) 94 points

    (Château d'Yquem) From 375 ml - orange honey nose; dense, lovely essence of brown sugar, but with less acid than I'd expect; long finish 94+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/22/2006 (link) 95 points

    (Château d'Yquem) Lovely, big coconut and apricot nose; great, concentrated, solid, youthful, coconut and tropical fruit palate; long finish (80% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2006 (link) 19.5+ points

    (Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) For young Yquem this is a remarkably obvious, open and expressive wine, showing plenty of character on the nose, with an appreciable depth of botrytis too. Rather dense and concentrated on the palate, with great depth, yet this is clearly a tightly coiled wine that will need a long time to show its true and full potential. Nevertheless, at present it offers up plenty of barley sugar and floral sweetness framed by a fine acidity. The palate gradually unfolds with time, fanning out, with a reserved elegance that belies a wonderfully balanced structure. This has great finesse, and will undoubtedly age beautifully; its future will be measured in aeons of cellar time rather than mere years. Outstanding.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • Type White - Sweet/Dessert
  • Producer Château d'Yquem
  • Varietal Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Sauternais
  • Appellation Sauternes
  • UPC Codes 071570016999, 087000342163, 087000342170, 087000342187, 087000361096, 3258691258133, 3364420089760, 3450301065821, 3700266201872, 3700266204620, 721713141025, 810910020858

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 748 (3%)
  • In Cellars 19,346 (80%)
  • Consumed 4,021 (17%)

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Community Recommendations

Blue Cheese, Desserts, Foie Gras, Honey-vanilla cheesecake, Roquefort "Papillon", Torchon of duck foie gras and onion jam with brioche toast, With peter & Francoise with

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