Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2018 375ml - Station Plaza Wine
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Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2018 375ml
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Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2018

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Yields at Ch. d'Yquem were down around 40% in 2018. The vintage was comparable to '16; hot and dry conditions produced intense aromas of tropical fruit, mango and passion fruit. The wine is rich and honeyed, with floral notes of honeysuckle on the nose. The palate, medium- to full-bodied, begins with lemon candy notes and later shows spice, apricot, and lemongrass. This is a very strong offering from the estate; it's nuanced, complex and fresh, with a depth of flavour that bodes well for longer-term ageing.
Wine Advocate
  • wa98

The 2018 d'Yquem is all lime cordial, grapefruit oil and mandarin peel to begin. With a little coaxing, the fireworks really begin, letting off a whole array of honeysuckle, candied ginger, dried pineapple, lemon pastilles, chalk dust and sea spray scents, followed by a savory undercurrent of shaved almonds, allspice and baking bread. The palate is an exercise in polish and poise, featuring the most gorgeously creamy texture and bright, sparkling freshness, framing all the densely laden tropical and citrus fruit layers, finishing with a powerful BANG of profound floral and spice perfume. It is wonderfully sweet, yes, but that-paradoxically for a "sweet wine"-is almost beside the point.

October 15, 2020
Wine Spectator
  • ws96

A beauty from start to finish, with fresh, racy notes of honeysuckle, quinine and mirabelle plum leading off, followed by richer quince, creamed pear and white nectarine flavors. Everything melds through the finish, picking up macadamia nut and brioche accents to complete the seduction. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Best from 2025 through 2045. 4,166 cases made.

March 31, 2021
  • v93

The 2018 Yquem was tasted just a few months earlier before this second reading at the château. My notes are pretty consistent with that dried honey and saffron scented aromas, perhaps just missing the energy conveyed by the previous vintage. The palate is well balanced with that telltale lusciousness that I remarked upon in my last note, although this just precludes the 2018 from delivering the tension and nerve of the best vintages. Apricot and lemon curd linger on the aftertaste. Very fine.

February 2022

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