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2014 d'Yquem

By Chateau d'Yquem

2014 d'Yquem from Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux

The 2014 vintage from the emblematic Château d'Yquem in the esteemed Sauternes region reverberates with a symphony of balance and poise. This exemplar vintage exudes the pedigree of its lineage, showcasing the estate's tireless innovation in viticulture and oenology.

 

Exceptional Vintage, Extraordinary Expression

The narrative of the 2014 vintage was one sculpted by favourable climatic episodes; a temperate summer gave way to an Indian summer that enveloped the vineyards, offering optimal conditions for developing the noble rot crucial to Sauternes' distinction. It is this precise alignment of nature's grace that has bestowed upon the 2014 d'Yquem a compelling composition of complexities.

 

Pinnacle of Precision: The 2014 Vintage

Manifesting a lustrous golden hue, the 2014 d'Yquem presents an aromatic kaleidoscope of candied apricot, honeyed figs, and fragrant acacia. On the palate, a harmonious blend of opulent sweetness intertwined with vitalizing acidity emerges. Notes of juicy peaches, toasted almonds, and a subtle hint of bergamot lead to an elegantly sustained finish.

An assiduous analysis reveals that this vintage, while approachable in its nascent state, possesses an unwavering structure supporting a prodigious ageing potential – a salient consideration for investors discerning the future appreciation within their portfolios. This wine typifies the alchemy between a storied terroir and serendipitous seasonal temperament.

As if deftly painted by an artist's brush with strokes of precision and serendipity, the 2014 d'Yquem from Château d'Yquem has been composed with a virtuoso touch. An investment in this vintage is not merely an acquisition of liquid gold but also a testament to the enduring legacy of one of Bordeaux's most illustrious estates.

Current market price

$5,100.00

12x75cl

Highest score

98

POP score

170.56

Scores and tasting notes

97-98

No tasting note available.

James Suckling - Jamesuckling.com (04/2015)

96-98

No tasting note available.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate

97

No tasting note available.

Tim Atkin - TimAtkin.com (04/2015)

96-98

The Château Yquem 2014 was picked over 9 weeks this year, with one-quarter of the grapes picked prior to 15 September. It delivers 134 grams per liter residual sugar and 7.3 grams per liter tartaric acid, with a pH 3.60. It has a captivating bouquet (I know...I know...what else were you expecting) But it entrances with its pure, wild honey notes mixed with almond and white chocolate scents, bestowed with beguiling delineation and focus. The palate is very poised with the acidity nigh on perfect. Occasionally an Yquem only reveals its components parts at this early juncture, necessitates conjecture. However the 2014 has a sense of harmony and completeness already, as if the élevage is merely there to usher it on to its finished state. There is undeniably great depth here, perhaps less conspicuous than other vintages because of that silver thread of acidity: notes of lemon sherbet, orange zest, shaved ginger and again, a few "flakes' of white chocolate. It is extremely long with tenderness rather than power on the finish. It's not quite up there in the rarefied heights of say, the 2001 or 2009, but it is what we call in the trade, "the business."

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2015

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