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2010 Ch. d'Yquem, Sauternes

Ch. d'Yquem, Sauternes

Sauternes has bucked the trend this year by enjoying higher than normal yields, but the drought thickened the skins of the grapes and thus made it harder for the much sought-after noble rot (botrytis) to take hold. However, the long, dry autumn allowed the growers to wait and, when the time was right, they were able to harvest a good crop of beautifully sweet grapes but without huge levels of botrytis.
As such, Yquem displays a fabulous clean, pure sweetness, with aromas of citrus peel honey and apricot, and not a hint of any cloying character. The finish is very long and, while not as opulent as 2007 or as profoundly complex as 2001, the wine is very much more in the register of elegance, and thus bears comparison with the lovely 1988.

Château d'Yquem


BBR Decanter Jancis The Wine Advocate Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18/20 19/20 18.5/20 96 - 98/100 95 93 - 96/100
Ch. d'Yquem, Sauternes
‘2010 was a cool year for us.’ Winter and autumn cold, good dry, warm summer. Very healthy grapes, though quite a bit of rain on the flowering, A bit of coulure on Sauvignon so less than usual in the blend, just 13% compared to the usual 20%. Pale gold with slight greenness. Gorgeous, classic nose. Pear juice a go-go. Absolutely stunning freshness as well as all the botrytis. Classic. Real punchy perfect savoury Sauternes. Zesty and lovely with some chew on the end. No shortage of botrytis. Very distinctive and much less sweet than 2009. (155 g/l in 2009, 141 g/l in 2010). Refined finish. Finished 5 Nov. Five passes. Real punch and zest. Grapefruit peel. But not a massive sweet bomb.
(Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com Apr 2011)


BBR Decanter Jancis The Wine Advocate Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18/20 19/20 18.5/20 96 - 98/100 95 93 - 96/100
Ch. d'Yquem, Sauternes
At the first tastings, this vintage was often compared, on account of its liveliness, to the wonderful ’88. The same kind of vibrancy and “nerve” was mingling into the botrytis complexity in a similar way. Now, whilst it has retained all these vibrant qualities, the wine has clearly softened and the comparison should maybe now include a touch of ’89? Whatever, this is a great vintage of Yquem, in a prettier style to the monumental keeper vintages such as 09 or 05.

The style of the 2010 Sauternes wines: From the outset, it was clear that this was going to be another outstanding vintage. The acidities are good but it is the freshness and purity of flavours in the concentration that defines the balance of the vintage. These were clearly going to be superbly pretty wines, all driven by this great freshness of flavour. The concentration is not quite as high as the more massive 09s – generally 125 - 140 g/l rather than 135 – 160, but the balance is perfect.

Since those very first tastings, the wines haven’t changed much. Some have maybe formed a little more middle-weight now, but essentially preserving their lovely softness and clarity. This is the kind of vintage which will be delicious very young but has the inner strength and balance to see it through into long ageing.
(2010 Vintage Assessment - Sauternes - Bill Blatch)

BBR Decanter Jancis The Wine Advocate Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18/20 19/20 18.5/20 96 - 98/100 95 93 - 96/100
Ch. d'Yquem, Sauternes
Picked predominantly over 10 days from October 14, the 2010 d’Yquem has 141gms/L residual sugar and pH 3.80. It is a slow-burner, the nose understated at first but unfurling with each passing moment with subtle scents of freshly sliced apricots, Clementine, clear honey and white flowers. There is an underlying minerality that really defines this bouquet. The palate is similar to the nose, revealing hidden facets with almost each swirl of the glass – orange blossom, limestone, white peach and honeysuckle. This is such a precise d’Yquem; it is after you have swallowed the wine that one comprehends just how brilliant it is.
(Neal Martin- Wine Advocate- May 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis The Wine Advocate Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18/20 19/20 18.5/20 96 - 98/100 95 93 - 96/100
Ch. d'Yquem, Sauternes
The Château d’Yquem Sauternes 2010, a blend of 87 percent Sémillon and 13 percent Sauvignon Blanc, is tropical and inviting is tropical and inviting, with lush mango, fig and papaya aromas followed by pineapple and creamed banana. The long tangerine finish is flattering and very open now, but the length is clearly there.

2010 was a cool, dry year, especially in August and September, which is unusual for Sauternes, according to Yquem's technical director Francis Mayeur. “The early passes through the vineyard gave us fresh, clean fruit, and then with some rains in early October the botrytis kicked in and spread quickly.” Mayeur’s team made a total of six passes through the vineyard to select botrytized fruit, and he notes the harvest was the latest on record since 1988.
(James Molesworth – The Wine Spectator – Top Scoring Bordeaux 2010 – 31 Mar 2011)


BBR Decanter Jancis The Wine Advocate Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18/20 19/20 18.5/20 96 - 98/100 95 93 - 96/100
Ch. d'Yquem, Sauternes
Product: 7813
Maturity: For laying down
Vintage: 2010
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Sauternes Map of the region
Producer: Château d'Yquem
Grape Variety: Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon
Style: Full Bodied, Sweet, 13.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
Eco Information: Organic in Conversion
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BBR Decanter Jancis The Wine Advocate Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18/20 19/20 18.5/20 96 - 98/100 95 93 - 96/100
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