Château d'Yquem 2016 Sauternes 1er Cru Supérieur 6 x 75cl
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"The 2016 Château d'Yquem was picked over four tries through the vineyard, commencing on 27 September and finishing on 4 November. The crucial pass through the vines took place between 18-22 October when over half the crop was picked. In fact, 75% of the crop was picked during the final two weeks of the harvest. It has 14.2% alcohol and a residual sugar level of 135 grams per liter, a pH of 3.80. A classic blend of 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc, it has a comparatively nuanced bouquet compared to Yquems that I have encountered at this stage. It opens gradually with light honeyed aromas, white flowers, apple blossom and just a touch of honeysuckle, although it does not possess the bravura personality of the astounding 2015. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous opening, a subtle spice note leaving the mouth tingling. This is a fresh Yquem, tensile with moderate weight and delivering, perhaps belatedly, fine attack on the finish lined with subtle lemongrass notes. It will be interesting to plot the progress of this Yquem throughout its barrel maturation. This is an excellent Yquem no doubt, though I was missing that nerve, the labyrinthine complexity that can mark a top-tier Yquem even at this premature stage. I suspect that this will drink earlier than others, but age in a style only it knows." - Neal Martin
"(75 Semillon, 25 Sauvignon Blanc) | 14.2% alc. | 135 g/l residual sugar. With a nose twice as intense as any of the other wines in this region this year, this is a magnificent and bombastic Yquem. The fruit is lush and honeyed and while all of the lemon and honey notes line up in perfect harmony it is the monstrous acidity and sheer size of this wine which make it so arresting. I have not seen such a rich wine balanced by such severe acidity before. Extraordinary. While this is going to clearly live forever I wonder if it will not start to drink this side of 2040! The botrytis came on very slowly and this gave rise to the lemon and white flower notes as opposed to fast botrytis which results in tropical fruit. The cool nights fixed the acidity and this never fell away. Amazing." 19.5+++ - Matthew Jukes