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2011 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (half bottle)
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For centuries Y'quem has been unchallenged as the finest example of Sauternes and the most famous sweet wine in the world...

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2011 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (half bottle)

Producer: Chateau d'Yquem
Style: Sweet Wine
Grape Type: Semillon
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Sauternes and Barsac

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98 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - June 2014

Luminous golden yellow.  Cool, pure aromas of white peach, honeyed mango, guava nectar, white flowers and saffron are complicated by elements of crushed stone and spicy lemony botrytis.  Suave and intensely flavored, with mineral-spiced apple, mango, passion fruit and grapefruit flavors offering outstanding purity, precision, and depth.  The brisk but harmonious acidity gives this great Sauternes a penetrating quality and provides a powerful spine to the very deep flavors, making it seem less opulent than it really is.  This Yquem has the depth of the 2007 but boasts even greater purity and focus.  Finishes bright and extremely long, with repeating suggestions of white flowers and lemony botrytis.  Though it lacks the depth of the 2001 or the opulence of the 2009 at a similar stage of development, this is one of my favorite young Yquems ever:  it will age spectacularly well.

81 Points | Wine Spectator

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About Bordeaux

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Semillon

Semillon is a paradoxical grape, as much of its appeal stems from its susceptibility to rot. Sure, the idea of rot may conjure up nasty images, but in winemaking, rot isn't necessarily a negative. Grapes can be affected by two types of rot: grey rot and noble rot, also known as Botrytis. While the former is a destructive force, diminishing yields and making wines taste...
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