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    46
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    from 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Tuna with Caviar & Avocado on Potato Chip

The 2015 Château d'Yquem is a blend of 75% Semillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc that was picked on the gravelly soils as early as 3 and 4 September until 21 October, four tries through the vineyard. It delivers 144 grams per liter of residual sugar, with six-grams of tartaric acid, a pH 3.65 and 13.9% alcohol. It has a show-stopping bouquet that is beautifully defined and very complex and exuberant, infused with greater mineralité than recent vintages - intense but not as flamboyant as say the 2009 Yquem at this stage. The palate boasts absolutely stunning balance. This is a Yquem without a hair out of place: fantastically pure, botrytised fruit caressing the mouth. That is as per normal. What distinguishes this Yquem is the sense of electricity that is imbued by that razor-sharp acidity. There is just unbelievably tension here and to be frank, there is little point in me continuing to write this note, because it is simply an astonishing Yquem that will rank alongside the 2001 and 2009.

Score: 98/100

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

This is an incredible young Yquem that is so vinous like a great vintage of Montrachet but then on the palate it turns to Yquem with spice, dried fruit and mushroom as well as sweet fruit. Last for minutes. Acidity is all there giving it a dynamic vibrance that jolts your senses. Special wine. It has a little more than than 140 grams of residual sugar, less than the legendary of 2001. But is very close in greatness. Let’s wait and see

Score: 99/100

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

Stunning and utterly captivating, the 2015 d'Yquem is shaping up to be one of the truly epic wines of the vintage. All the elements are impeccably balanced, starting with the most captivating, alluring bouquet imaginable. The 2015 floats on the palate with grace and total finesse. What I like most about the 2015 is its airy, nuanced personality. Sweet floral notes, lemon confit, chamomile and acacia are some of the nuances that linger in this hauntingly beautiful d'Yquem. The 2015 was fermented in 100% new oak and residual sugar is 145 grams per liter, but none of that really matters. Readers who can find the 2015 should not hesitate, as it is truly magnificent!

Score: 96/98

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

Voluptuous, rich the nose has ripe fruit depth yet fragrance. The palate is sumptuous the candied peel, the orange marmalade underpinned by apricot and peach. The mid power is tempered by tangerine freshness and although rich and sweet at the back the finish is fine long and elegant. 2025-2040.

Score: 97/100

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

The vintage at Yquem was the earliest since 1893, starting on the 3rd of September and continuing for another seven weeks. The result is one of the best ever wines from the château, combining exotic flavours of pineapple, tangerine and mango underpinned by a core of acidity and scented vanilla oak. Every bit as good as 2001, 2009 and 2014. Drink: 2020-36

Score: 98

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

Mid gold. Very direct and glossy. Edge of veg and toast. Real tension! Tense pear juice with lots of grip and attack. Lots of acidity as well as all that sugar. Really energetic. Long. Amazing persistence. So neat. Real attack. Massive apparent acidity. 13.9% Drink 2027-2055

Score: 19

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

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The Story

The pleasure derived from tasting Yquem is difficult to describe.

It offers a myriad of well-balanced, complex flavours that generate even more harmonies over time. The impression that remains is reminiscent of a quote from Frédéric Dard "the silence that follows a piece by Mozart, in which the listener remains suffused with the music". This reflects the fact that Château d'Yquem stays on the palate for a remarkable long time, providing a unique, prolonged pleasure. There is a lovely expression in French to describe Yquem's tremendously long aftertaste: il fait la queue du paon, which means that it spreads out like a peacock's tail.

 

It is always difficult to describe wine-tasting experiences with any precision. The senses of sight, smell, taste and touch are all stimulated virtually at the same time. While gifted tasters can identify some of the aromas and flavours in a glass of Yquem in an effort to define its complexity, they never really succeed in communicating its essence or explaining its mystery. Mere analysis, whether chemical or organoleptic, is not sufficient to account for Yquem's greatness. Yquem tells a unique story... It starts with the bouquet. Although not always very outgoing in young vintages, it is marked by fruit (apricot, mandarin, and occasionally tropical fruit) and oak (vanilla and toasty aromas). Older vintages, on the other hand, have an extraordinarily complex fragrance as soon as the bottle is opened, with hints of dried fruit (dried apricot, prune, stewed fruit, and marmalade), spice (cinnamon, saffron, and liquorice), and even flowers (lime blossom, etc.). The first impression of Château d'Yquem on the palate is always very silky, and often sumptuous. It then fills out, "coating the palate". This fine wine has a strong, but never overbearing character, with great elegance and poise. It always maintains a balance between sugar and acidity (sweetness and freshness). A touch of bitterness can also contribute to the overall harmony. Château d'Yquem's aftertaste is legendary, and it tells another story, which lasts and lasts…

Certain connoisseurs consider it outrageous to drink a young Yquem and believe that opening such a monumental wine before its thirtieth birthday is tantamount to a sacrilege. Others, on the contrary, think that Yquem can be enjoyed at all stages in its life.

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Vintage 2015

The 2015 was an early picked vintage, interestingly the backbone of the vintage came from the second picking, between 28th September and 2nd October.

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2015 d'Yquem was tasted on three separate occasions, twice at the property and at event in Opera, Bordeaux. Unctuous, fabulous acidity and richness, intensity and concentration, fantastic complexity, depth and length. Heavenly stuff! 99p
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Intense golden yellow colour. Opulent nose with aroma reminiscent of apricots and peaches, pineapple and passionfruit, hints of mango and tangerine-zest in the background. Honey and vanilla, discreet gingerbread spices On the palate truly grand, opulent character, freshness assured by almost salty minerality rather than acidity, a wine with depth and excellent length, long lingering tropical fruit in the finish. A great and opulent Yquem in a rich and persistent style.
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Pale colour. Intense honeycomb, ginger, grapefruit glacé aromas. Beautiful ripe grapefruit pineapple flavours with ginger marzipan notes, fine looseknit slinky textures and lovely mineral length. Very tangy yet incredibly well concentrated. Lovely weight and texture. Not heavy nor light. Very good wine. Picked four times between 3rd September and 21st October. 98 points easy. 
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Origin

Sauternes, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Excellent

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  d'Yquem 2015  ( Château d'Yquem )

"2015 d'Yquem was tasted on three separate occasions, twice at the property and at event in Opera, Bordeaux. Unctuous, fabulous acidity and richness, intensity and concentration, fantastic complexity, depth and length. Heavenly stuff! 99p"

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  d'Yquem 2015  ( Château d'Yquem )

"Pale colour. Intense honeycomb, ginger, grapefruit glacé aromas. Beautiful ripe grapefruit pineapple flavours with ginger marzipan notes, fine looseknit slinky textures and lovely mineral length. Very tangy yet incredibly well concentrated. Lovely weight and texture. Not heavy nor light. Very good wine. Picked four times between 3rd September and 21st October. 98 points easy. "

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 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  d'Yquem 2015  ( Château d'Yquem )

"Quite a deep colour for a primeur, a fine focused nose, honeyed, exotic, lovely aromatics, nice silky palate, cool fruit, good freshness, intense ripeness on the finish, spicy lovely overall satisfaction. This is quite a classic vintage shows some similarities with 2001. 96-99/100 2030-2100"

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  d'Yquem 2015  ( Château d'Yquem )

"Intense golden yellow colour. Opulent nose with aroma reminiscent of apricots and peaches, pineapple and passionfruit, hints of mango and tangerine-zest in the background. Honey and vanilla, discreet gingerbread spices On the palate truly grand, opulent character, freshness assured by almost salty minerality rather than acidity, a wine with depth and excellent length, long lingering tropical fruit in the finish. A great and opulent Yquem in a rich and persistent style. "

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  d'Yquem 2015  ( Château d'Yquem )

"Golden. Apricots, pineapples, touch of spices and vanilla, rich and intense nose, detailed and nuanced, complex. Fresh acidity.fruity, bright, intense, delicate and nuanced, ripe pineapples, pure, long and intense, concentrated, long. 96-98"

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