Dessertvinenes absolutte konge.
Alverdens vineksperter er enige om, at dette er det rene guld på flaske. Sauternes i verdensklasse, som du skal opleve, mens det stadig er til at få fat i. Der er med andre ord Château d'Yquem, og så er der alle de andre.
De overdådige vine herfra har utallige gange høstet de magiske 100 point, og vinene er berømte for deres nærmest uendeligt lange liv. Hos Château d'Yquem er kvaliteten altid den absolut højeste. Druerne plukkes i hånden, og hvert enkelt drue vurderes efter den strengest mulige kvalitetskontrol. Det betyder, at udbyttet er mikroskopisk, og hvert enkelt vinstok ender derfor kun med at producere hvad der svarer til ét glas vin!
I denne gyldne årgang 2020 består det endelige blend af 80% Sémillon og 20% Sauvignon Blanc. Vinen har lagret i 42 måneder på nye fade.
Vinous - 97
Robert Parker - 94
The 2020 d'Yquem presents a fresh bouquet with aromas of white fruits, orchard fruits and mango, complemented by a hint of spring flowers. It’s perfectly balanced and moderately weighted compared to other vintages, making it a tense, penetrating d’Yquem. Despite the challenges of the growing season and a brief harvest (which began on September 30th and concluded on October 12th), d'Yquem's team managed to produce a mere 40,000 bottles, a modest yield in recent years.
Decanter - 96
A masterclass in purity and delicacy for this 2020 vintage which manages to convey the beauty and allure of Yquem in a toned down, subtle and beguiling way. Aromas of white blossom and honeysuckle, gently caramelised Mirabelle plums and fresh apricots with flecks of clementine and grapefruit pith abound on the nose - richly scented in their individual aspects but delivered quietly, almost sultry and shy. Immediately mouthfilling and unctuous, streamlined and fresh with a sugary hit hitting first before mouthwatering acidity follows giving sumptuous succulence and vibrancy. Apricot, peach, fleshy mango and sharp pineapple give the exotic fruit zing balanced by a salty, flintiness that adds faint angles to the expression. Juicy, bright, clean and complete with hints of cinnamon spice and just-toasted bread providing the frame and structure reminding you that this is built to last. It's not as opulent as some vintages, much more understated and relaxed - and coincidentally one of the lowest in residual sugar at 135g/l - but this is a wonderful expression with control and confidence on show. It also has supreme drinkability even now with tension, clarity and energy so don't be afraid to open and enjoy this in its joyful youth. The 2020 is the smallest production since 2000 with an equivalent of 35,000 bottles made. All stock will be released for sale on 23rd March with only a small number of bottles kept back for the estate's library collection. 3.79pH. The vintage was challenging in terms of viticulture with tropical spring-like weather delivering early budburst and high mildew pressure, especially given it was the estate's first year of official organic conversion. June was wet and cool followed by a hot, dry summer. Botrytis arrived in mid-October but there was only a small window of five days and two separate passes to harvest grapes with perfect noble rot.