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2008 Château d'Yquem

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December 24, 2023 - $270


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95The Wine Advocate

...complex, compellingly savory/earthy nose of toasted almonds, cloves, damp soil, crushed stones and yeast extract with a core of peach preserves, lemon tart, dried pineapple and allspice. Rich, spicy and decadent in the mouth, with a racy backbone lifting the fruit, it finishes long and multilayered.

95Stephen Tanzer

...Ripe cling peach, fresh apricot, spices, coconut, minerals and white flowers...wonderfully pure and precise...utterly seamless texture and compelling sweetness but also lovely inner-mouth tension...The clear star in my 2008 tasting.

94Wine Spectator

Beautiful lemon cream, chamomile and fried pineapple notes, with a refreshing, almost floral edge...Creamy coconut and green plum notes fill in on the finish, which has admirable length. A restrained, lighter style, with lovely precision.

18.5Jancis Robinson

Preserved apricot, spice that is almost peppery on the nose, excellent creaminess and succulence with simple, flawless acidic integration.


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.