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Chateau d'Yquem 1939

$9,677 1 Bottle (750ML) |
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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

    Dessert wine
    Yes

    J. Robinson
    19

    R. Gabriel
    16

    Vinous - A. Galloni
    NM90

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Graves

    Region
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Sauternes

    Color
    White

    Producer
    Chateau d'Yquem

    Sweetness
    Liquoreux

    Classification
    Superior First Growth

    Parker
    90

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

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