Château d'Yquem 1939

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Parker : 90 / 100
J. Robinson : 19 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 1939 Château d'Yquem might well turn out to be the only Sauternes I will taste from this long forgotten vintage. Having said that, it's probably one-hundred times better than anything else. According to Michael Broadbent's Vintage Wine, it was harvested between September 30 and November 6 (and incidentally, awarded it four-stars). Lucid gold, it has a light chlorine-tinged bouquet with melted wax scents, simple but pure. The palate has a pleasing viscosity on the palate, almost Auslese-like in texture. There is not much botrytis here, but there is a pleasing Christmas cake, stewed fig and marmalade finish that is very satisfying. It is not the greatest Yquem I will ever try, but given the historical significance of this year, it is a privilege to encounter this wine and it is far better than I could have predicted.
BurdeosSauternes
Grape varieties
Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

R. Gabriel
16

Vinous - A. Galloni
NM90

Country
Francia

J. Robinson
19

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Graves

Dessert wine

Regiones
Burdeos

Denominación
Sauternes

Color
Blanco

Productor
Château d'Yquem

Sweetness
Liquoreux

Clasificación
1er cru Supérieur

Parker
90

Alérgeno
Contiene sulfitos