Chateau d'Yquem, Premier Cru Superieur, Sauternes AC 37,5cl

Chateau d'Yquem, Premier Cru Superieur, Sauternes AC 37,5cl

Nimi: Chateau d'Yquem, Premier Cru Superieur, Sauternes AC 37,5cl

Riik/regioon: Prantsusmaa, Bordeaux

Tootja: Chateau d'Yquem

Aastakäik: 2011

Mari: 80% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc

Alkoholisisaldus: 14% vol.

Tootekood: 681

Hind: 329.00

Hinnaklass: €€€

1593. aastal ostis selle legendaarse veinimõisa Sauvage perekond ja selle omandus läks üle Lur Saluces perekonnale kui Francois Josephine de Sauvage abiellus 1785. aastal krahv Louis Amédée de Lur Saluces'ga. Markii Bertrand de Lur Saluces oli aga üks 20. sajandi tähtsamaid isiksusi kogu veinimaailmas. Krahv Alexandre de Lur Saluces on oma onu Bertrand'i jalajälgedes sammunud 1968. aastast alates. Tema eesmärk on viia oma vein perfektsuseni, samas austades traditsiooni. 1993. aastal tähistati Chateau Yquem'is 400 aasta möödumist Lur Saluces perekonna omanduses olemisest. 1999. aastal omandas suure osa veinimõisa aktsiatest LVMH grupp. Chateau Yquem kui vein on tegelikult aga kõigi mõisas töötavate inimeste ennastohverdav tulemus, kuigi ilma Botryitis Cinerea väärishallituseta ei oleks Yquemi olemas.

Chateau Yquem on vaieldamatult kõige kallim, samuti ka kõige parem Sauternes vein. Tema kõrge hind on võimaldanud Alexandre de Lur Saluces'l säilitada veini eripäraseid standardeid. Tema 150 liikmeline saagikoristajate meeskond koristab viinamarjaaiad üle 4 - 6 korda olenevalt saagikusest. Korjatakse vaid Botrytis väärishallitusega nakatunud viinamarjad. 100 ha suurune kasvandus on perfektselt kuivendatud, see on jagatud nelja ossa, mis võimaldab anda veinidele erinevat karakterit, võimaldades segada parimaid koguseid, veinid, mis nõetele ei vasta, jäetakse kõrvale. Yquem on lühidalt öeldes käsitsi valmistatud vein ja ta kinnitab ütlust, et "suur" Sauternes on tehtud pigem kasvanduses kui keldris.

Vein valmistatakse 80% Semillon ja 20% Sauvignon Blanc viinamarjadest. Pärast käärimisprotsessi lõppu, mis leiab aset uutes tammevaatides ja võib kesta 2-st kuni 6 nädalani, algab ülipikk laagerdumisperiood tammevaatides, mis kestab 3,5 aastat. Veini iseloomustamiseks peab kasutama vaid ülivõrdeid. Märksõnadeks on integreeritud tamm, rikkalikkus, peen happesus, elegantsus ja lõputu maitse. Ülikõrge vananemispotentsiaaliga.

"A lovely, creamy, tropical style, with mango, papaya and guava notes lending a caressing feel, while singed almond and warm piecrust accents blossom through the lush finish. Just when you think that's all there is, toasted coconut, fig, orange blossom and persimmon details kick in, lending length and dimension. The finish is ridiculously long." Wine Spectator 99 points

"Crazy minerality to this, with lots of dried mango, pineapple and papaya on the nose. Botrytis-spice and nutmeg undertones. Full body, very sweet, with superb depth of fruit and richness. It goes on for minutes. Turns dense and concentrated on the palate. Speechless. Better in 2019." James Suckling 98 points

"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." Stephen Tanzer's 98 points

"Rich, with intense flavors of botrytis, lemon and Seville orange peel. This wine has both freshness and sweetness, with a light touch." Wine Enthusiast 95-97 points

"Tasted from cask. Lush apricot nose. Fine attack thanks to high acidity. Very sweet and pungent, with intense apricot fruit. Not a fat style, with great elegance, and shows lots of energy and spice. Long." Decanter 96 points

"The 2011 Château d’Yquem is a more restrained, elegant style of Yquem with beautiful, nuanced notes of caramelized citrus, apricot, white flowers, and a beautiful mineral-character that emerges more on the palate. Beautifully balanced, medium to full-bodied, with good acidity and plenty of complex, sweet, honeyed fruit, it’s all about complexity, nuance, and elegance. Feel free to drink this beauty any time over the coming 40-50 years." Jeb Dunnuck 95 points

"The 2011 d’Yquem is a very lovely wine in the making, but it does not tower above the other top wines of the appellation this year in the same way that it has in some other recent vintages. The deep, beautifully glazed and quite youthful nose offers up scents of pink grapefruit, tangerine, chalky soil tones, orange peel, bee pollen and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and shows off a beautiful gloss of clean botrytis, with a nicely reserved personality, a quite unctuous core of fruit and superb length and grip on the fairly soft finish. I had expected a bit more bounce on the backend from the wine’s acidity, but this is a fairly gently structured d’Yquem that seems more likely to evolve along the lines of the quite honeyed and laid back 1976 than the more racy and orange zesty 1975. The 2011 is a very lovely example of the vintage, but it is does not tower over its peers this year." John Gilman 94 points

"The Château Yquem 2011 has a complex bouquet, one that is very well defined with hints of petrol infusing the rich honeyed fruit, later melted wax and fresh peach coming through. The palate is well balanced with a strong viscous entry. There is plenty of residual sugar here and I would have preferred a little more acidic bite to offset that rich, decadent finish (this is despite their correct policy of blending non-botrytized berries in order to increase acidity.) Powerful, burly even, I would give this several years in the cellar to allow this Yquem to mellow and enter its stride." Wine Advocate 94 p