2020 Château d’Yquem


12 in stock

Appellation: Sauternes 1er Cru

Ratings: DC-96  WS-95

Size: 750 ml

12 in stock


96   Georgie Hindle for Decanter
“A masterclass in purity and delicacy for this 2020 vintage which manages to convey the beauty and allure of Yquem in a toned down, subtle and beguiling way. Aromas of white blossom and honeysuckle, gently caramelised Mirabelle plums and fresh apricots with flecks of clementine and grapefruit pith abound on the nose – richly scented in their individual aspects but delivered quietly, almost sultry and shy. Immediately mouthfilling and unctuous, streamlined and fresh with a sugary hit hitting first before mouthwatering acidity follows giving sumptuous succulence and vibrancy. Apricot, peach, fleshy mango and sharp pineapple give the exotic fruit zing balanced by a salty, flintiness that adds faint angles to the expression. Juicy, bright, clean and complete with hints of cinnamon spice and just-toasted bread providing the frame and structure reminding you that this is built to last. It’s not as opulent as some vintages, much more understated and relaxed – and coincidentally one of the lowest in residual sugar at 135g/l – but this is a wonderful expression with control and confidence on show. It also has supreme drinkability even now with tension, clarity and energy so don’t be afraid to open and enjoy this in its joyful youth. The 2020 is the smallest production since 2000.” (3/2023)

95   James Molesworth for Wine Spectator
“This has a broad and unctuous feel, with nectarine, apricot and mango notes leading the way and creating an opulent feel, though there are also racy bitter almond, orange blossom and elderberry accents for contrast and range. The lush finish is carried by mango and pie crust. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Best from 2028 through 2040.” (4/2023)

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Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 3 × 3 × 13 in


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