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Based on 332 reviews on Cellartracker.com

Reviews 95 points Wine Advocate "Medium gold colored, the 1997 d'Yquem rolls effortlessly out of the glass with super spicy gingersnap, coriander seed, cinnamon stick and cloves scents over a core of toffee, preserved kumquats, praline, lemon curd and creme brulee. Silken textured, rich, opulent and stacked with flavor layers, it has an understated, beautifully knit backbone of freshness and a very long toasted-nut finish. (LP)" Vinous "Mid gold. Dried citrus with more than a touch of volatility giving an almost vinegary aspect to the nose. Much better clarity on the palate with burnt sugar on the finish. Even so, it's not the freshest daisy compared with other Yquem vintages. (RH)"

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Chateau d'Yquem - the world's greatest sweet Sauternes wine

About Chateau d'Yquem

For most collectors, Chateau d'Yquem needs no introduction as it is highly regarded as one of the world’s finest sweet wines (and dare we say, white wines). It boasts the only Premier Cru Superior status in Sauternes and only makes two wines: their world-famous sweet wine, and a dry white wine named “Y” (Ygrec).

The esteemed Estate is situated in Graves and is surrounded by 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc vines near the river Garonne. These humid, cool conditions create the perfect environment for botrytis, or “noble rot,” to transform these juicy grapes into shriveled, concentrated liquid gold.

Despite the wines being outrageously delicious upon release, they can age for a remarkable amount of time. Jancis Robinson describes them as “immortal” with the potential to age for not only decades, but generations. The Sauternes is only made in vintages where growing conditions are absolutely perfect, and the results have consistently been rated near perfect (and perfect!), with critics describing the golden nectar as, “simply mind-blowing … [p]ure perfection,” and a “rarity that must be tried to be believed” (WA).

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