The Château d’Yquem Sauternes 2010, a blend of 87 percent Semillon and 13 percent Sauvignon Blanc, is tropical and inviting, with lush mango, fig and papaya aromas followed by pineapple and creamed banana. The long tangerine finish is flattering and very open now, but the length is clearly there.
I could simply just write ‘it’s Yquem’ and leave it at that; after all this is the most famed producer of sweet wines in the world, and for a reason. Yquem is one of those names you hear about when you’re just getting interested in wine and wonder what all the fuss is about. Well, wonder no more. From a much revered Brodeaux vintage, the 2010 Yquem shows less sugar than usual (141g/L vs 155g/L in 2009), lots of classic botrytis characters and trademark orange and grapefruit peel with a long, lingering finish. A true ‘once in a lifetime’ wine that will last easily the next couple of decades.