Chateau d'Yquem 1939

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Parker : 90 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 1939 Château d'Yquem might well turn out to be the only Sauternes I will taste from this long forgotten vintage. Having said that, it's probably one-hundred times better than anything else. According to Michael Broadbent's Vintage Wine, it was harvested between September 30 and November 6 (and incidentally, awarded it four-stars). Lucid gold, it has a light chlorine-tinged bouquet with melted wax scents, simple but pure. The palate has a pleasing viscosity on the palate, almost Auslese-like in texture. There is not much botrytis here, but there is a pleasing Christmas cake, stewed fig and marmalade finish that is very satisfying. It is not the greatest Yquem I will ever try, but given the historical significance of this year, it is a privilege to encounter this wine and it is far better than I could have predicted.
BordeauxSauternes
Grape varieties
Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

J. Robinson
19

R. Gabriel
16

Vinous - A. Galloni
NM90

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Graves

Dessert wine
Yes

Region
Bordeaux

Appellation
Sauternes

Color
White

Producer
Chateau d'Yquem

Sweetness
Liquoreux

Classification
Superior First Growth

Parker
90

Allergens
Contains sulfites