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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.

1949 Château d'Yquem

Heavy capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; top shoulder fill; label condition issue

JR  19.5   
WS  94   

1983 Château d'Yquem

Light capsule condition issue; light signs of past seepage; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

RP  96   
WS  92   
JR  18.5   

1995 Château d'Yquem

1.5ltr

WA  95   
JR  18.5   
MB  ***/*   

1996 Château d'Yquem

375ml

DE  *****   
WS  96   
RP  95   
JR  18.5   

1996 Château d'Yquem

375ml

Light label condition issue

DE  *****   
WS  96   
RP  95   
JR  18.5   

1997 Château d'Yquem

375ml

RP  96   
WS  95   
JR  18   
5 available
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1997 Château d'Yquem

375ml

RP  96   
WS  95   
JR  18   

1997 Château d'Yquem

375ml

Lightly depressed cork

RP  96   
WS  95   
JR  18   

1997 Château d'Yquem

6.0ltr

RP  96   
WS  95   
JR  18   

2000 Château d'Yquem

WA  90   
JR  17   

2001 Château d'Yquem

375ml

RP  100   
WS  100   
JS  100   
JR  19.5   
WS  #10 of 2005   

2002 Château d'Yquem

Light label condition issue

WS  96   
WA  93   
JR  18   

2002 Château d'Yquem

WS  96   
WA  93   
JR  18   

2002 Château d'Yquem

6.0ltr

WS  96   
WA  93   
JR  18   

2003 Château d'Yquem

375ml

WS  98   
JS  98   
JR  19   
WA  94+    
4 available
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2003 Château d'Yquem

375ml

Light label condition issue

WS  98   
JS  98   
JR  19   
WA  94+    
2 available
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2003 Château d'Yquem

Signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

WS  98   
JS  98   
JR  19   
WA  94+    
2 available
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2003 Château d'Yquem

Light label condition issue

WS  98   
JS  98   
JR  19   
WA  94+    

2004 Château d'Yquem

375ml

Light label condition issue

WS  95-100   
WA  92   
JR  18.5   

2004 Château d'Yquem

Light label condition issue

WS  95-100   
WA  92   
JR  18.5   

2004 Château d'Yquem

Light capsule condition issue; light signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

WS  95-100   
WA  92   
JR  18.5   

2004 Château d'Yquem

WS  95-100   
WA  92   
JR  18.5   

2007 Château d'Yquem

375ml

WA  97   
WS  96   
ST  95-98   
JR  19   
6 available
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2009 Château d'Yquem

375ml

WA  100   
WS  98   
JS  98   
VN  97-100   
JR  19+    
2 available
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2011 Château d'Yquem

375ml

WS  99   
VN  98   
WA  96   
2 available
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