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1995 Château d'Yquem

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

95The Wine Advocate

...dense and almost Barsac-like bouquet with tangerine, apricot, acacia and melted candle wax. It displays good intensity, unfolding beautifully in the glass. One can discern layers of marmalade infused with honey fruit, with a powerful...

18.5Jancis Robinson

...Honeysuckle and orange peel. Rich. Damned fine. Creamy, sweet, long...

***/*Michael Broadbent

...a fragrant, rich, peachy nose with much more to come; sweet, of course, rich but certainly not plump...good acidity...attractive. Considerable future.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Sauternes

Sauternes makes the world’s most famous dessert wines. Though the appellation lies within the Graves region of Bordeaux’s left bank, the appellation makes only sweet wines from white grapes, primarily Semillon sometimes blended with small amounts of Muscadelle. The five communes within Sauternes are Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes. Barsac also has its own appellation and, typically, Barsac wines are slightly drier and lighter than other Sauternes. Sauternes are made when weather conditions result in a mold called Botrytis cinerea developing on the grapes, which causes them to become especially sweet. Sauternes are not produced every vintage, so successful vintages become especially collectible. Sauternes estates were classified in 1855, and Château d’Yquem, the appellation’s most prestigious estate, was ranked in a class by itself as a Premier Grand Cru. Château d’Yquem wines are among the most prized wines in the world.