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Established in 1593, the estate contains a 110-hectare vineyard planted with 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. The wines are created from botrytized fruit that is picked by hand in several passes by up to 150 harvesters. "The Noble Rot" (Botrytis Cinera) depletes the water content in the berry concentrating the natural sugar levels. The resultant wine's high sugar content is matched by high level of acidity allowing the wine to age for more than 50 years in the best vintages. The opulence of Yquem's youth turns complex rich and honeyed as it ages.
'The pale to medium lemon-gold colored 2005 d'Yquem opens with a provocative, mineral and earth-tinged nose of chalk dust, wet pebbles and dried wild mushrooms over a core of warm apricots, green mango, honeyed toast, ginger and pink grapefruit plus wafts of honeycomb, orange blossoms and saffron. The palate confirms the wine is still a little closed and shut down, offering achingly gorgeous glimpses at the tightly wound, intricate layers structured with a racy acid line and wonderfully creamy texture, finishing incredibly long and perfumed. This decadent flavor bomb still needs a good five to seven years in bottle before it is set to go off, but oh what a spectacle it will give then! '- eRobertParker.com 2019. 97 points