Bordeaux

2017 Château Yquem 12000mL

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This is a great Yquem, delivering thrilling purity and intensity. The nose offers intense aromas of fresh and dried apricot and peach pastry, as well as freshly baked creme brulee, candied and fresh orange and kumquat. Some marmalade, too. Smooth, glossy texture with flavors of grilled orange, dried apricot and an exceptionally long finish with a powerful, driving push to the end. A flicker of toasty-oak influence arrives late, but this wine has completely consumed the oak. The 2017 Yquem is a very powerful wine from a very rich and exceptional vintage. The acidity has a big hand in balancing the richness. Pithy finish. The phenolics deliver some great depth. Rain at the beginning of September prompted an extensive infection of noble rot. The harvest lasted from September 26 to October 13. Great quality and one of the best since the legendary 2001. Drink or hold. Read more
Critic Reviews
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99 POINTS
James Suckling

This is a great Yquem, delivering thrilling purity and intensity. The nose offers intense aromas of fresh and dried apricot and peach pastry, as well as freshly baked creme brulee, candied and fresh orange and kumquat. Some marmalade, too. Smooth, glossy texture with flavors of grilled orange, dried apricot and an exceptionally long finish with a powerful, driving push to the end. A flicker of toasty-oak influence arrives late, but this wine has completely consumed the oak. The 2017 Yquem is a very powerful wine from a very rich and exceptional vintage. The acidity has a big hand in balancing the richness. Pithy finish. The phenolics deliver some great depth. Rain at the beginning of September prompted an extensive infection of noble rot. The harvest lasted from September 26 to October 13. Great quality and one of the best since the legendary 2001. Drink or hold.

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98 POINTS
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW - Wine Advocate

There was no frost at d’Yquem in 2017, and botrytis was very regular and even this vintage. The nose opens with very pure notes of freshly sliced oranges, yuzu and lemon barley water with hints of white pepper, fresh ginger and lime cordial. The incredibly rich, unctuous sweetness (148 grams per liter of residual sugar is beautifully marbled with bright, vivacious citrus fruit and spice flavors, while lifted by well-knit freshness, and it finishes with epic length and great depth.

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97 POINTS
Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2017 Yquem was tasted instead of the 2018 since owners LVMH no longer show the wine en primeur. This vintage has just been released onto the market and so I have included it in this report. The estate suffered no frost damage in 2017 and a warm period between May and July, 3° Celsius above average meant the vines' growth cycle was a month in advance. Then, 65mm of rain between 1 and 16 September was the catalyst for botrytis formation. The fruit was picked in two dry and warm windows between 26 September and 14 October, during which concentration came easily so that the bunches achieved even levels of ripeness. The vineyard team selected the best parcels to pick at 21 degrees potential alcohol and in a draconian measure, the rest was sold, some 50% of the crop. Winemaker Sandrine Garbay described it as "A vintage of puissance and richness." It has a charming and very pure bouquet with dried honey, acacia, apricot blossom and touches of crushed stone that gradually unfurls in the glass. The palate is viscous on the entry, beautifully balanced with impressive weight and substance, though sans the multi-dimensional complexity of the very greatest vintages. Honey, hints of lemongrass, marmalade and quince combine on the extremely harmonious finish that lingers. This is a seriousl(more...)

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96 POINTS
Jane Anson - Decanter

To overcome the gap between the dry white harvest (16-25 August, even earlier than in 2003) and the noble rot harvest (20 September to 14 October), the team began by picking their best plots on the cooler clay terroirs to ensure maximum freshness. They have expertly managed to retain a beautiful focus, showing pared back but fleshy white peach and pear notes, saffron, white pepper, subtle gunsmoke and slate, followed by a fantastic kick of ginger through the mid palate and beyond. There was no frost impact here, but they were still very strict in the blending, using just 45% of their 17hl/ha crop. This wine has a fairly high 148g/l of residual sugar, with TA6 and 3.8pH (compared to 3.65pH in 2015). They expect to carry out long oak ageing to add structure and to balance the sugars. Expect 80,000 bottles of Yquem. Drinking Window 2020 - 2042

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96 POINTS
James Molesworth - Wine Spectator

Very flattering and unctuous in feel, with coconut, creamed papaya, toasted hazelnut and warmed peach and tangerine cream flavors gliding along in unison, all framed by warm brioche and piecrust notes on the finish. Remarkably rich, yet poised and pure. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Best from 2025 through 2045. 4,166 cases made. — JM

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96 POINTS
Jacques Perrin - Vinifera

Nez très fin, frais, complexe, tirant sur les agrumes (citron confit, cédrat, bergamote). En bouche, on aime son équilibre tout en harmonie, avec une liqueur souveraine, millimétrique et mesurée, très savoureuse. Ce n’est pas le millésime le plus imposant, mais c’est l’un des plus élégants!

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95 POINTS
Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous

A wine of almost shocking, raw power, the 2017 d'Yquem possesses tremendous depth and intensity. I expect the 2017 is going to need many years to be at its best, but is also likely to remain exuberant and a bit unruly. I don't see the quiet sophistication of the 2015, or the energy of the 2013 nor the total sense of harmony of the 2001. Perhaps time in barrel and then bottle will help the elements come together fully. Pierre Lurton told me the final phase of ripening occurred very quickly. Most of the fruit in the 2017 was picked between September 15 and 30, while the wines from the October picks were deemed to be too concentrated. Tasting what was presented as a barrel sample, I can only imagine how intense the discarded lots must have been! Residual sugar is 145 grams per liter.

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Jacques Dupont - Le Point

Nez fruits blancs, pêche blanche, bouche élégante, fraîche, bouche agrumes, pamplemousse, marmelade d’orange, long et fin, un vin d’une grande pureté. 18/20

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Tasting Notes

A pungent and forceful nose with notes of saffron and dried apricots. Crisp, vibrant and driven on the palate, there is plenty of acidity to balance the concentration and alcohol here, along with an intriguing fresh mint note. Finishes with an appealing line of minerality. Sandrine Garbay commented that the Sémillon grape skins were slightly infected by botrytis, combating any tendency to bitterness in the blend. A blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sémillon. 80% of the blend was aged in used Yquem barrels with 20% new oak. Andy Howard MW 94 Points Decanter

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Winemakers Note

2017 vintage described by the Château : WEATHER CONDITIONS The early part of winter was cold and very dry. Warmer temperatures and rain returned in February and the weather in March led to a quick start to vegetative growth. The most significant event of spring 2017 occurred in late April when frost struck to a degree that had not been seen since 1991. Miraculously, the temperature did not go below the freezing point at Château d'Yquem. Only a few vines on the fringes suffered, with little effect on the crop. In early May, a period of fine warm weather set in, with periodic showers. The summer of 2017 was the 4th hottest since 1897. The growing season was a good month ahead of average, an advance that reached a peak on about the 20th of June. GROWING SEASON Early bud break meant the vine growth had a head start that was barely affected by the week of frost in late April. Thanks to the ensuing ideal weather conditions, the growing season started up again unabated, with periodic (and desirable) spring showers. Beginning in May, it was necessary to adapt work in the vineyard to keep pace with the frenetic vine growth. The first flowers appeared on the 15th of June and véraison (colour change) began on the 6th of July. The effects of this highly unusual weather were apparent by early August. The Sémillon grapes already had 12.6° potential alcohol, while Sauvignon Blanc had 13.6-14° and a total acidity of 8.5 grams per litre … THE HARVEST A new record was set at Yquem! Picking of grapes to produce 2017 Y began earlier than ever before, on the 16th of August. Both grape varieties were uniformly ripe in late August and in perfect condition. The need for rain became essential at this point for the development of botrytis. Fortuitously, 65 mm of precipitation fell from the 1st to the 16th of September and maximum temperatures dropped to 21°C. This wet period was a wonderful opportunity for Yquem because noble rot spread evenly. However, it also represented a danger – if the rain continued, it would practically ruin the entire crop. Château d’Yquem 2017 2/4 06/09/2019 Fortunately, the rain stopped and a new long anticyclonic phase set in. This was ideal for drying the grapes and inducing concentration at a pace so quick as to be almost violent. The teams of pickers took part in a race against the clock in order to keep sugar levels down to a reasonable level. How paradoxical! The strategy was to pick at just the right amount of concentration, giving priority to the best plots, even if this called for "sacrificing" grapes in certain other plots… Fully-botrytised, extremely high-quality fruit with manageable sugar levels brought in during this 11-day sprint, lasting from the 26th of September to the 9th of October, accounted for the lion's share of the crop. The harvest ended on the 11th, 12th, and 13th of October in plots that had been "voluntarily overlooked". The grapes from these plots were extraordinarily rich, with easily more than 25° potential alcohol. OVERVIEW 2017 was a year with total botrytis and tremendous concentration that called for very specific sorting techniques to stay within the parameters defined by Yquem. To summarise, 2017 is a very great success, worthy of the finest vintages ending in "7". Alcohol content: 14.00%Vol. - Residual sugars: 148 g/L - Total acidity: 5.6 g/L H2T – pH: 3.80 Sémillon 75% - Sauvignon 25%

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