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2003 Chateau dYquem Reviews

2003 Chateau dYquem Reviews

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2003 Chateau dYquem Reviews

98 Pointz James Suckling

“A massive Yquem, this has a dense palate that is almost chewy like a red. Full and very sweet, with notes of dried apricot, pineapple, and papaya on the palate. Long, with a vanilla-coconut tart finish. What a wine, voluptuous, sexy, and luscious.”

97 points Wine Spectator


“Squarely on the tropical side of the spectrum, with mango, papaya, and pineapple fruit laced with a marmalade note. Long and very caressing through the finish, but never heady or overpowering, as orange pâte de fruit, ginger, and singed almond accents lend cut and precision. Shows the heat of the vintage while retaining energy and drive. Impressive.”

96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The average June temperature for 2003 was the warmest ever recorded at Yquem since they installed their first weather station in 1896. And things were only just starting to heat up. This notoriously hot vintage nonetheless produced some very pleasant Bordeaux surprises, Yquem being one. As readers can guess, obtaining the necessary sugar levels was not the problem this year. If it was a question of sugar alone, berries could well have been harvested in August. But come September, the wait was on for the botrytis. Fortunately, a little rain beginning on the 5th of September kick-started proceedings, and with the help of continued warm temperatures, the noble rot took off like a rocket! After this, frenetic harvesting and strict selection ensued. Harvest was over in a record nine days, resulting in a super rich, concentrated, and full botrytized expression that beautifully does justice to both the vintage and to Yquem.”

93 Pointz Vinous

“The 2003 Yquem was a homogenous harvest picked over a single trie between 17 and 26 September. It has a rich and opulent nose, crème brûlée, marmalade, and a melted candle wax aroma. The palate has more to offer than the nose: fine acidity, less closed than the aromatics, touches of orange rind and mandarin developing with time. This is very commendable given that I do not consider it a great Sauternes vintage.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

20/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Mid amber. Vanilla cream, white chocolate, butter, and orange zest. Succulent and clean on the finish. Reverberant acidity. Simply stunning. Could this be bettered? Hard to imagine how.”


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