Sauternes 2005 - Château d'Yquem

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Sauternes 2005

£400.00

97 points, “This decadent flavour bomb still needs a good five to seven years in bottle before it is set to go off, but oh what a spectacle it will give then!” – Wine Advocate

97 points, “So wonderfully rich… The texture is velvet, but with spicy bite to it.” – Wine Enthusiast

97 points, “This has a deliciously pure feel.” – Wine Spectator

The 2005 vintage in Sauternes was one of the all-time greats. So, as expected Château d’Yquem delivered a sensational wine. Sophisticated, concentrated and wonderfully textured with elegant oak and an airy lightness of touch, it buzzes with quince jelly, roasted nectarines drizzled with floral honey and cloves, tarte tatin, orange peel, dried pineapple, ginger, cinnamon, sandalwood and white pepper. As ever, it’s an opportunity not to miss. Consider pairing with cheese, fruit-based desserts, crème brûlée, pâté or chicken livers; or simply giving it the respect it deserves and serving it alone at the end of a meal in all its magnificence.

As Jancis Robinson says, this producer creates the “greatest wine of Sauternes, and according to the famous 1855 Classification, of the entire Bordeaux region.” But it goes far beyond that; Château d’Yquem is the most famous sweet wine on the planet and arguably the finest. This is one of the few wines that all the critics agree unanimously is a masterpiece in every vintage. Its 110-hectare vineyard is planted with 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc and is located on the highest hill in Sauternes, where it enjoys the best growing conditions in the whole appellation. Botrytis cinerea, also known as noble rot, attacks the grapes, dehydrating them and concentrating the flavours and the sugar. Winds that blow through the vineyard prevent this rot from becoming destructive and the grapes are rigorously sorted, resulting in extremely low yields. It’s said that one vine is required to create just one glass of Château d’Yquem. In its illustrious history it was once owned by the King of England and has therefore always been much-loved on these shores. More recently, it was acquired by Louis Vuitton-Moët-Hennessy (LVMH), owners of Dom Pérignon, Krug, Ruinart, Cheval Blanc, Ardbeg, Glenmorangie, Belvedere and Cloudy Bay, not to mention a who’s who of fashion, cosmetics and jewellery. All of which makes it one of the most stylish wines on Earth.

£53.33 per 100.00ml

SKU No.: 3166311

Style No.: 786827

Country: France
Region: Sauternes
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Closure: Cork
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.5%
Volume: 750ml
Allergens: Sulphites

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