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2005 Chateau dYquem Reviews

2005 Chateau dYquem Reviews

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2005 Chateau dYquem Reviews

97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The pale to medium lemon-gold colored 2005 Chateau d'Yquem opens with a provocative, mineral, and earth-tinged nose of chalk dust, wet pebbles, and dried wild mushrooms over a core of warm apricots, green mango, honeyed toast, ginger, and pink grapefruit plus wafts of honeycomb, orange blossoms, and saffron. The palate confirms the wine is still a little closed and shut down, offering achingly gorgeous glimpses at the tightly wound, intricate layers structured with a racy acid line and wonderfully creamy texture, finishing incredibly long and perfumed. This decadent flavor bomb still needs a good five to seven years in bottle before it is set to go off, but oh what a spectacle it will give then!”

97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection

“This isn’t sweet, but just so wonderfully rich. It’s the concentration of botrytis that makes the wine. The texture is velvet, but with a spicy bite to it. Apricot, honey, and marzipan all contribute to a wine that will age over decades.”

97 Pointz Wine Spectator

“This has a deliciously pure feel, with juicy, inviting green plum, ginger, heather, creamed pineapple, and Jonagold apple flavors all melded together and gliding through the lengthy finish, which echoes with lilting flowers and dried citrus notes.”

96 Pointz Vinous

“The 2005 Yquem is limpid golden in hue. The bouquet is gorgeous, finely-tuned, and precise with clear honey, vanilla pod, and saffron, less of the almond that I have noticed previously. The palate is built around its exquisite poise, the acidity keeping this Yquem on its tip-toes. As I have noted before, it appears to be gaining in concentration and viscosity with age, lovely fig and tangerine notes combining with a slight nuttiness on the finish.”

95 Pointz James Suckling

“What an incredible nose of flowers, honey, spices such as clove, and sandalwood. With time, decadent aromas of apple tart and crumble develop. Full and very round on the palate, this is medium sweet with a velvety texture. Flavors of honey, apple, and pear tart appear on the long finish. This is so beautiful, hard not to drink now but will greatly improve with more time.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

94 Pointz Decanter

“The summer heat that led to such outstanding wines from Bordeaux in 2005 was not ideal for Sauternes, as the onset of botrytis was fairly late and sporadic. Also, the hot conditions kept acidity on the low side. Nonetheless, d'Yquem made a finely balanced wine, with discreet apple and apricot aromas that are still reticent. It's suave, textured, and very concentrated, with elegant oak and no overbearing viscosity or heaviness. Very long, it will keep well, but may not be among the very greatest Yquems.”


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