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2011 Chateau D'Yquem 1er Grand Cru Classe (375ml)
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Whilst the red wines of Bordeaux struggled in 2011, the sweet whites excelled. For many winelovers, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure a top vintage from this legendary estate at incredible direct import pricing.
Here is the estate view of the 2011:"10 Years after its famous older brother, and perhaps the harbinger of a new, different sort of cycle, this vintage seems to be a benchmark in the estate's history... Although 2001 continues to symbolise the perfection of botrytis at the pinnacle of its concentration and power, 2011 offers an almost insane precociousness based on the same elegance. Thanks to a month's advance compared to an average growing season, 2011 enabled us to capture an extremely wide range of flavours and aromas never present in a normal year (varietal, floral, fruity, etc.). The combination of power, complexity and purity immediately impressed the yquem winemaking team. It is the archetype of the 21st century yquem, with attractive freshness and an ethereal side that provides a subtle balance to the texture and volume on the palate. Like its glorious older brother, 2001, it will undoubtedly have an amazingly long life span. However, the very unusual conditions during the growing season mean that 2011 yquem is also well worth discovering quite young in order not to miss any facets of this diamond wine's development."
“The 2011 seems to be a close cousin of the 2001 and possibly 1988. Light gold, restrained but very pure, noble and intense bouquet of honeysuckle, caramelized apricot, white peach with a subtle hint of toasty oak. It builds slowly but beautifully to a full-bodied wine and long finish. This vintage is about restraint and perfect balance despite the 144 grams of residual sugar. Some vintages are more exuberant or flamboyant-2011 is racy and compelling. Of course these wines can be drunk young, but expect the 2011 to age for 50 -75+ years in a good cellar.
Robert Parker - 16 September 2013.
The 2011 has a clear silvery gold hue, perhaps not quite as deep as I recall the 2010 last year. The bouquet is very fragrant and well-defined, with scents of wild honey, honeysuckle and a touch of vanilla. It is a refined, sedate and beautifully focused bouquet that does not need to show off. The palate displays superb weight in the mouth, even though at first it seems almost understated. Yet there is clearly a high level of spicy, botrytized fruit with notes of honey, orange zest and a touch of mandarin. There is no explosion on the finish; the 2011 is rather a lesson in control, complexity and nuance. It is utterly seductive. Drink 2016-2040+
Wine Advocate #200 Apr 2012, Neal Martin
...Blazingly pure, with pineapple, white peach, yellow apple and melon flavors that are remarkably light on their feet. Blanched ginger root, cherry blossom and light citrus notes dance through the finish. Displays awesome range and purity in a very stylish frame. Tasted non-blind.
James Molesworth - 2012 Wine Spectator