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Fruit-filled, with fine minerality
Orange bitters, honey and a slight spice come through on the nose.
Flavours of pineapple, apricot, toasted nuts and the softest hint of saffron from ageing are supported by a finely tuned minerality.
Estate Director, Château d'Yquem
HOW TO ENJOY:
Château d'Yquem 2011
- Service temperature - 9°C
- When to drink - Drink now through 2060+
- Alcohol by volume - 13.7 % Vol.
- Storage advice - Store horizontally in a cool (10-15°C), dark place away from vibrations
- Health warning - Contains sulphites
- Closure - Cork
BLEND AND ORIGIN:
Château d'Yquem 2011
Due to a very warm spring, the harvest started and ended early, with picking commencing in the first week of September - the earliest harvest for the past 125 years.
The grapes for this blend, 80% sémillon and 20% sauvignon blanc, were carefully picked at intervals to coincide with the changeable weather.
Crazy minerality to this, with lots of dried mango, pineapple and papaya on the nose. Botrytis-spice and nutmeg undertones. Full body, very sweet, with superb depth of fruit and richness. It goes on for minutes. Turns dense and concentrated on the palate. Speechless. Better in 2019.
â€œI recently had the chance to sample the 2011 d'Yquem and wanted to second Neal Martin's opinion that this spectacular wine merits readers' attentionâ€. The 2011 d'Yquem seems to be a close cousin of the 2001 and possibly the 1988. Light gold in color, restrained but pure and noble, it offers an intense bouquet of honeysuckle, caramelized apricot and white peach with a subtle hint of toasty oak. It builds slowly but beautifully to a full-bodied wine with a long finish. This vintage is about restraint and perfect balance despite the 144 grams of residual sugar. Some vintages are more exuberant or flamboyant, but 2011 is racy and compelling. Of course, these wines can be drunk young, but expect the 2011 to age for 50-75 + years in a good cellar.
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate