Yquem 2005

Sauternes/Barsac, First Growth

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Tasting Notes

Tasted at the château, the 2005 Chateau d’Yquem delivers a similar performance as last year. Lucid in colour, the bouquet is detailed with very pure honey, vanilla and almond scents, still a little new oak to be fully assimilated but demonstrating superb focus. The palate is virtually identical to last year's bottle: exquisite balance and perfectly judged acidity, but perhaps just gaining a little richness and viscosity over the last 12 months. There is an appealing completeness to this Yquem and whilst I would not place it amongst the likes of 2001 or 2009, it comfortably sits just behind.

Score: 97

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2020-2050 01 June 2015

Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 2005 Chateau d’Yquem is similar to the 2006 in that it deserves aeration. The bouquet is well-defined, although there is clearly some new oak that will need another two or three years to fully integrate. The aromatics seem to show a little more botrytis than the 2006, richer and headier. The palate is unctuous on the entry, beautifully balanced and lacquers the mouth in pure honeyed fruit interlaced with white pepper, quince jus and nectarine. Comparing the two, the 2006 has a little more tension and race, although the 2005 has a touch more persistency. The 2006 may well turn out to be the better of the two vintages in the long run (hence the plus sign), although the 1995 is a Yquem with panache to spare. Drink now-2040. Tasted March 2014.

Score: 96

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2014-2040 01 June 2014

Yield of 12 hl/ha - almost record high levels! Quite deep gold. Wonderfully deep nose - never smelt anything as intense and glorious as this! Extraordinary!!! Deep yet lively. Exciting depth of pear juice and zest - tangerine peel too. Great astringency. 2001 was more concentrated. This is more transparent. Lovely dancing stuff, but already in the super-nuanced Yquem idiom. Lighter than some vintages but with great lacy complexity. Wonderful green, lively notes and some real explosiveness - 13.5 per cent. Energy drink! Coiled like a taut spring. Drink 2015-50

Score: 20

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2050 10 April 2006

Yield of 12 hl/ha - almost record high levels! Quite deep gold. Wonderfully deep nose - never smelt anything as intense and glorious as this! Extraordinary!!! Deep yet lively. Exciting depth of pear juice and zest - tangerine peel too. Great astringency. 2001 was more concentrated. This is more transparent. Lovely dancing stuff, but already in the super-nuanced Yquem idiom. Lighter than some vintages but with great lacy complexity. Wonderful green, lively notes and some real explosiveness - 13.5 per cent. Energy drink! Coiled like a taut spring. Drink 2015-50

Score: 20

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2050 10 April 2006

Floral, lemon, apple and cream with dried pineapple and apricot. Full-bodied, but very focused and refined. It starts slowly and then, wham! It goes on and on. Spicy, dried fruits and spices. Full-bodied, medium-sweet. So long and exciting. Incredible. It is very close to 2001. We will see.

Score: 95 - 100

James Suckling, Wine Spectator 01 April 2006

Floral, lemon, apple and cream with dried pineapple and apricot. Full-bodied, but very focused and refined. It starts slowly and then, wham! It goes on and on. Spicy, dried fruits and spices. Full-bodied, medium-sweet. So long and exciting. Incredible. It is very close to 2001. We will see.

Score: 95 - 100

James Suckling, Wine Spectator 01 April 2006