Chateau D'Yquem 2006

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Robert Parker
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Neil Martin
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CHDY200610 UCAU
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Chateau d'Yquem is widely regarded as the best Botrytis Semillon in the world, and the only Sauternes to be given a Grand Cru classification in 1855. Always the epitome of true concentration, complexity and sheer class, d'Yquem's are sought after around the world. The 2006 Chateau d'Yquem is from a more difficult vintage that those on either side of it, but the wine has not suffered. All the trademark flavours of intense marmalade and vanilla are present in a wine that might be deemed at its peak a few years earlier than those in truly classic vintages.
Chateau d'Yquem is widely regarded as the best Botrytis Semillon in the world, and the only Sauternes to be given a Grand Cru classification in 1855. Always the epitome of true concentration, complexity and sheer class, d'Yquem's are sought after around the world. The 2006 Chateau d'Yquem is from a more difficult vintage that those on either side of it, but the wine has not suffered. All the trademark flavours of intense marmalade and vanilla are present in a wine that might be deemed at its peak a few years earlier than those in truly classic vintages.

Scores & Reviews

98+ / 100

Robert Parker

While no surprise here, this wine, which will be bottled in 2009, is certainly this estate’s greatest effort since their 2001. It completely outclasses everything from the appellation, but even when you’re number one, that’s often hard to do. This light gold wine offers up a sensational smorgasbord of aromas including huge honeyed pineapple and other caramelized tropical fruit flavors, massive richness, and a viscous, unctuous texture with the oak beautifully integrated. The wine has enough acidity to buttress its full-bodied mouthfeel, but this is not by any means the sweetest or most alcoholic of the d’Yquems I have tasted. In fact, in the range of d’Yquems, this is a powerful wine, but it is one built more on finesse and elegance, a la the 1988. Nevertheless, this wine will prove to have 50+ years of longevity. The finish, the mid-palate, the sensation of looking at a skyscraper of Semillon with a small dosage of Sauvignon, is impressive. Like all of the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes, one can drink this young, but the nuances and complexities really don’t emerge for at least a decade, especially in the case of a wine such as this. Bravo!

95+ / 100

Neil Martin

Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 2006 Chateau d’Yquem has a slightly reticent bouquet at first that unfolds in the glass. There aromas are well-behaved at first, but then start having some fun with lovely scents of dried honey, dried quince, marzipan and beeswax. Delving further into the aromatics there is a hint of spice and white pepper. The palate is extremely well-balanced with a viscous opening. There is great harmony and composure here – certainly not as voluminous or ravishing as the 2009 – but a controlled and very focused Yquem with a slight saltiness coming through toward the finish. The edginess is absorbing and it should play out nicely with bottle age. This could be the dark horse between the 2001 and 2009. Drink now-2050. Tasted March 2014.