Live Virtual Auction, 16 May 2021
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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.
‘Clear lucid gold with green tints. The nose is very elegant and well defined, touches of wet wool, honey, wood resin and barley sugar (a la Barsac). The palate is far better than the nose with a lovely creamy, harmonious texture with perfect acidity and balance. Citrus peel, fresh ginger, dried apricot, ginger and orange sorbet with noticeable residual sugar on the finish. This is probably an underrated Yquem given market prices, but the modest nose means I must temper my appraisal.’ - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 91/100 (Mar 2010)