Friday, November 16, 2018
Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes - perfect 100 points
2015 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes....$224.99 / 375ml
Following a very long harvest stretching nearly two months, the 2015 Château d'Yquem came in at 13.9% alcohol and 144 grams per liter of residual sugar, sporting a pH of 3.65 and six grams per liter of tartaric acid. None of these numbers, however, even remotely begin to tell you how profound this wine is. The nose opens with electric notes of ripe pineapples, green mango, orange blossoms and lemon tart with hints of fungi, lime zest, crushed rocks and jasmine. The freshness on the palate is just astonishing, permeating and lifting layer upon layer of tropical fruits and earthy notions, all encased in a sumptuous texture and culminating in a very, very long, mineral-tinged finish. Truly, this is a legendary vintage for d'Yquem. I've been conservative with my drinking window here, and I would not be at all surprised if our descendants are drinking this vintage well into the next century.
Rated 100/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 99-100/100 James Suckling
Rated 98/100 Points Vinous
Rated 98/100 Wine Spectator
Rated 98/100 Wine Enthusiast
2015 Carmes de Rieussec Sauternes...$31.99 / 750ml
A wine of joy and pure pleasure, the 2015 Carmes de Rieussec is absolutely delicious. Rieussec's second wine is bright and lifted, yet shows plenty of depth in its pineapple, orange peel, mint, jasmine and lightly honeyed notes. Although the Grand Vin gets most of the attention at Rieussec, the Carmes is truly superb in 2015 and well worth taking a look at.
Rated 93/100 Vinous Media
Rated 93/100 James Suckling