Château d'Yquem 1939

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Parker : 90 / 100
J. Robinson : 19 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 1939 Château d'Yquem might well turn out to be the only Sauternes I will taste from this long forgotten vintage. Having said that, it's probably one-hundred times better than anything else. According to Michael Broadbent's Vintage Wine, it was harvested between September 30 and November 6 (and incidentally, awarded it four-stars). Lucid gold, it has a light chlorine-tinged bouquet with melted wax scents, simple but pure. The palate has a pleasing viscosity on the palate, almost Auslese-like in texture. There is not much botrytis here, but there is a pleasing Christmas cake, stewed fig and marmalade finish that is very satisfying. It is not the greatest Yquem I will ever try, but given the historical significance of this year, it is a privilege to encounter this wine and it is far better than I could have predicted.
BordeauxSauternes
Grape varieties
Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

Dessert wine
Yes

J. Robinson
19

R. Gabriel
16

Vinous - A. Galloni
NM90

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Graves

Area
Bordeaux

Appellation
Sauternes

Color
White

Producer
Château d'Yquem

Sweetness
Liquoreux

Classification
1er cru Superieur

Parker
90

Allergens
Contains sulphites