White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château d'Yquem

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Sauternais
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Community Tasting Notes 359

  • DrZett wrote: 92 points

    October 31, 2019 - Not as good as I remembered it from last year. Great structure and nice fruity notes (peach, cantaloupe, citrus) but it felt a little closed down in the moment. I wouldn’t touch this for the next 10 years it definitely needs more time. (Drank at Noble Rot Wine Bar in London from 0.75 bottle.)

  • Greg Munyard wrote: 99 points

    October 27, 2019 - Goodness me - this extraordinary wine is even better than before! Our generous hosts (thanks, Patrick) served a 750 ml bottle with strawberries and vanilla ice cream, which it complemented beautifully - but just trivialised. So compelling was it that It drew one person to say that you could drink it with anything. A powerful yet exquisite and delicious masterpiece, it changed the course of a fantastic lunch for 4, it was such an attention-grabbing tour de force. Even my wife, who normally doesn't drink a lot of stickies, was captivated - arm out-stretched at every reload.

    First impressions are of lusciously sweet yet exquisitely complex flavours, of remarkable concentration. Lip-lickingly beautiful; descriptors include dried apricots, honey, mango, pineapple, orange blossom, a beautiful hint of muskiness, and lots more. Nice as they are, however, they simply don't do the combination justice.

    Only Yquem has the remarkable and distinctive flavour combination (plus or minus in particular vintages) that brings so much admiration. (It was even obvious in a remarkable bottle of the 1900 that our same host kindly provided last year). And only Yquem has that perfect palate 'attack', characterised here with a nice musky thread, and good palate grip, tying together the rich and luscious sweetness. I'm surprised more people don't comment on this lift, which I assume has come from deft oak handling. It's in every Yquem but in the 01 is in perfect balance, along with the perfect fruit-acid balance of the great 2001 vintage.

    As if that weren't enough, then there's the after-taste. (The word 'finish' is inadequate to describe it as it implies something much shorter). You'll find yourself looking for new words of approval many minutes after each taste, such is the persistence of the flavours. Put it all together and you have an experience - rightly revered as one the world's greatest wines and, for me, the greatest dessert wine I have ever drunk.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • Cantenac Brown Likes this wine:

    October 14, 2019 - More details to follow. Amber, orange and brown hues.

  • Fausto_Coppi Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 13, 2019 - Extremely luscious sauternes with rich peachy and citrus fruit, bucket loads of marzipan adds complexity and rich, botrysized finish makes for an outstanding wine

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • BradE wrote:

    August 3, 2019 - Truly one of the great vintages. A beautiful Sauternes.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2009, Issue #23, Sauternes’ Summers of Love- Great Vintages in 2007, 2005 and 2001 Amongst an Embarrassment of Riches in the Last Few Decades

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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, 3450301065821, 3700266204620, 721713141025

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 691 (3%)
  • In Cellars 18,813 (82%)
  • Consumed 3,507 (15%)

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