2013: Everything you want in a sweet wine is here. The vibrant acidity, layers of ripe and overripe tropical fruit, ladles of honey and freshness in the finish, which just keeps on going. 98 points, Jeff Leve, Wine Cellar Insider (9/2017).
2013: Really intense nose – no shortcomings apparent here, the flavours are pure and complex and compelling. Marmalade, lime juice, treacle tart and a savoury note too – mushroom, mint, menthol. Beautiful elegance on the palate – wonderful sweetness with precise acidity. 19+/20 points, Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com
2013: Unquestionably the sweet wine of the vintage in 2013. This is everything one expects from Sauternes’ greatest estate. Beautifully plump, generous and gracious, this has an amazing volume of fruit, with the silky, honeyed sweetness that is always such a characteristic of this extraordinary estate’s wine. Bright, pure flavours of apricots and oranges, this has a beautifully viscous feel, without excess. The crisp, balanced acidity provides real life and finesse on the finish. Delicious length and huge class. Drink 2017-2037. 98 points, David Roberts MW.
2013: …fabulous… close to the legendary 2001 vintage in quality and style… a purity of botrytised fruit that is amazing… fantastic… THE wine of the vintage. 95-98 points. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
2013: Firstly, you notice the colour, which is a touch deeper than recent vintages... The bouquet is quite honeyed and rich for Yquem… with subtle scents of peach skin, white flowers, and a puff of chalk and frangipane. The palate is viscous on the entry, all about the texture at first, coating the mouth with luscious botrytized fruit. There are touches of Seville orange marmalade, fresh apricot, a hint of spice and passionfruit… imbued with impressive depth and weight… immense power and persistency. 95-97 points. Neal Martin, Wine Advocate.
2003: The initial baby fat from the low acidity is barely noticeable today. The wine is now popping with its perfect combination of freshness and honeyed sweetness. The layers of honey-drenched tropical fruits, apricots, white peach, vanilla and a hint of custard taste, smell and feel great. Drink this now for its youthful pleasure or wait decades for an entirely different experience. It's a beauty… especially when you factor in its high quality and style. 97 points, Jeff Leve, Wine Cellar Insider (9/2016).
2003: 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. 147 grams of RS. Pull the cork after 2015. 98 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (5/2012).
2003: 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. 97 points, winespectator.com (2014).
2003: …an intriguing bouquet with Manuka honey, quince, honeycomb and a touch of nougat... The palate is unctuous right from the start: gloopy in texture with hedonistic, ripe, honeyed fruit laced with orange zest and a strong spicy note on the finish… This is certainly the finest 2003 Sauternes. 94 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (6/2014).
2003: …complexity on the nose… Marzipan. Richness. Citrus. Nerve. Really deep flavours with good acidity. Tense. Yes! 19/20 points, Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (3/2008).
2003: Subtle and racy, with lemon rind, vanilla cream and dried pineapple. Very spicy and intense. Full-bodied, with great length and flavour. Electrified yet refined, with medium sweetness and a wonderful finish. I love the class of this, and the length. Has afterburners. Best after 2010. 98 points, James Suckling, Wine Spectator.
1993: Golden. This wine reminded a lot of 1994 and was as elegant and tasty. It took against you with open arms. A really well made wine, which should keep all the good things together for the next 10 years.greatbordeauxwines.com (4/2005).
1993: Beautiful golden colour. This young vintage has a fairly forward nose with hints of wax and candied citrus as well as fresh fruit (pineapple and apricot). Pleasant, round, and well-balanced on the palate. Medium-long aftertaste. Very enjoyable at this stage, which makes this a very worthwhile vintage, able to be appreciated earlier than its predecessors. Chateau d’Yquem.
1993: Light gold colour. Lemon tea, almond and honey character. Medium-bodied, medium sweet, with some spicy flavors and an herbal, sorbetlike finish. Wine Spectator.
Sauternes is home to arguably the most prestigious and long-lived sweet wines in the world. Located 65 km south of the city of Bordeaux at the southern tip of the Graves, the appellation has 2100 ha of vineyards planted on flat, alluvial gravels overlying thick layers of limestone. Although viewed as one appellation, Sauternes actually consists of five communes; Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignanc, and Sauternes with Barsac also a designated appellation in its own right. What makes Sauternes unique is its special mesoclimate caused by the confluence of the Ciron and the Garonne rivers.
The region experiences evening mists in autumn which set in until late morning and are subsequently burnt off by warm sunny afternoons. It is precisely these conditions that provide the ideal environment for the growth of botrytis cinerea – a fungus that attacks the grapes, causing them to dehydrate leaving sweet shrivelled fruit, ideal for sweet wine production. Sauternes wines are made predominantly from Sémillon with Sauvignon Blanc with small amounts of Muscadelle. Golden in colour with enticing aromas and flavours of honey, acacia, stone-fruit, candied citrus and marmalade, classic Sauternes is rich, unctuous and beautifully balanced by fresh acidity. Capable of long-ageing, the wines turn deep amber with age, taking on more tertiary caramel flavours over time.