Yquem 2010

SubregionSauternes and Barsac
ColourSweet White

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Tasting Notes

Such are the risks of tasting blind. Against its peers, the brilliance that Chateau 2010 d'Yquem showed from barrel seems to have become lost. This is still a wonderful Sauternes wine, yet this showing suggests that is it not "best in class". The nose demands coaxing in the glass compared to its peers, but it is worth the patience as it unfurls to reveal quince, beeswax and honeysuckle aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous entry and well-judged acidity. There is a touch of orange peel lining the citrus fruit, with an effervescent finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is an excellent d'Yquem, but it needs to keep an eye on the competition. Drink 2018-2035+.

Score: 93Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (212), May 2014

Picked predominantly over 10 days from October 14, the 2010 d'Yquem has 141gms/L residual sugar and pH 3.80. It is a slow-burner, the nose understated at first but unfurling with each passing moment with subtle scents of freshly sliced apricots, Clementine, clear honey and white flowers. There is an underlying minerality that really defines this bouquet. The palate is similar to the nose, revealing hidden facets with almost each swirl of the glass - orange blossom, limestone, white peach and honeysuckle. This is such a precise d'Yquem; it is after you have swallowed the wine that one comprehends just how brilliant it is.

Score: 96/98Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

The purity of Botrytis in this wine is so impressive with dried fruits such apple and mango. And then spicy character. Full body and very sweet but it is incredibly fresh and lively. Such class and elegance. Perfectly manicured wine. Everything in the right place. This shows a delicacy and intensity that are spellbinding. Drink in 2018.

Score: 97James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013

'2010 was a cool year for us.' Winter and autumn cold, good dry, warm summer. Very healthy grapes, though quite a bit of rain on the flowering, A bit of coulure on Sauvignon so less than usual in the blend, just 13% compared to the usual 20%. Pale gold with slight greenness. Gorgeous, classic nose. Pear juice a go-go. Absolutely stunning freshness as well as all the botrytis. Classic. Real punchy perfect savoury Sauternes. Zesty and lovely with some chew on the end. No shortage of botrytis. Very distinctive and much less sweet than 2009. (155 g/l in 2009, 141 g/l in 2010). Refined finish. Finished 5 Nov. Five passes. Real punch and zest. Grapefruit peel. But not a massive sweet bomb. 13.55%

Score: 18.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011

The greatest sweet wine of Bordeaux and without doubt one of the world's most famous wines. 87% Semillon and 13% Sauvignon Blanc with only 40% of the crop selected - even though the yield of 20 hl/ha is actually quite large for Yquem! 2010 will be a worthy addition to the run of great wines made at Yquem and once again emphasises why Yquem is so highly regarded. The nose delights with soft white fruits and pretty creamy but fresh notes. The palate manages to be both refined and powerful. The levels of acidity , although lower than last year's exotic wine come across as being higher in this year's effort. This wine has the poise and grace of a prima ballerina, all sinuous beauty disguising the underlying depth of flavours and sheer class. A great example of Yquem.

Score: 19.5Farr Vintners, April 2011

There is a lovely mix of fragrances sweet fruited but not over lush. Botryirs is very much in evidence on the palate backed by lots of apricot and peach. The richness of caramelised peel enriches the middle but towards the back citric freshness lifts the fruit and lightens the finish. This is a very elegant but not a heavy weight d'Yquem.

Score: 93/96Derek Smedley MW, April 2011

Score: 95Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011

Extraordinary purity of aromas, with an airy power difficult to rival, a new brilliant example of the actual style of the property, with the vintage's monumental body completely hidden by the refinement of tactile sensations. Some are nostalgic for the epic oily bodies of the past, not I (even if I greatly admire them). Drink 2020-2070.

Score: 19Michel Bettane, Decanter.com, April 2011

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