"Yquem’s greatness and uniqueness are certainly a result of a number of factors.
"First, it has a perfect location that is said to have its own microclimate. Second, the Lur Saluces family installed an elaborate drainage system with over 60 miles of pipes. Third, there is a fanatical obsession at Yquem to produce only the finest wines regardless of financial loss or trouble.
"It is this last factor that is the biggest reason why Yquem is so superior to its neighbours."
— Robert Parker
Notes and Reviews
Neil Martin (95)
The 2006 Yquem, which I last tasted in 2014, continues to be a great Yquem, not quite among the top tier but let's slot it in one level below. It possesses virtually the same aromatics as the last bottle that I tasted at the château: beeswax and lanolin merging with honeyed fruit, dried quince and marzipan. The palate is medium-bodied, viscous, a dash of spice on the entry with very good weight in the mouth. There is still that lovely saltiness on the finish that leaves you begging for another sip — completing a long-term Yquem that is only just finishing its first couple of chapters.
Jancis Robinson (19/20)
Unbelievable wine — with so much more concentration and richness than the other examples of 2006 Sauternes tasted immediately beforehand. Yet with no shortage of life either. Amazing smoothness, richness and depth spreads all across the palate — even better than I remember the 2005 at this stage. Edge of caramel already but the tingle of fresh green verdure. Great texture and lift and weight of sweetness. No volatility apparent whatsoever (unlike some others) - in fact Pierre Lurton said the VA levels were lower than in the last 30 years. Great finesse — wonderfully pure.
|Grape Varieties||Semillon, Sauvignon blanc|
|Age of Vines||35 years old|
|Vinification||Fermentation in 100% new oak barrels|
|Elevage||42 months' ageing in the same barrels|