Chateau d'Yquem 2003

Parker : 96 / 100
Wine Spectator : 97 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The average June temperature for 2003 was the warmest ever recorded at Yquem since they installed their first weather station in 1896. And things were only just starting to heat up. This notoriously hot vintage nonetheless produced some very pleasant Bordeaux surprises, Yquem being one. As readers can guess, obtaining the necessary sugar levels was not the problem this year. If it was a question of sugar alone, berries could well have been harvested in August. But come September, the wait was on for the botrytis. Fortunately, a little rain beginning on the 5th of September kick-started proceedings, and with the help of continued warm temperatures, the noble rot took off like a rocket! After this, frenetic harvesting and strict selection ensued. Harvest was over in a record nine days, resulting in a super rich, concentrated and full botrytized expression that beautifully does justice to both the vintage and to Yquem.
BordeauxSauternes
Vineyard
Graves

Grape varieties
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J. Robinson
19

J. Suckling
98

R. Gabriel
19

Wine Spectator
97

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Dessert wine
Yes

Region
Bordeaux

Appellation
Sauternes

Color
White

Producer
Chateau d'Yquem

Sweetness
Liquoreux

Classification
Superior First Growth

Parker
96

Allergens
Contains sulfites