96 points, Neal Martin

97 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

Dear Sir/Madam,

This morning sees the release of the world’s most celebrated sweet wine – the 2021 Château d’Yquem. One of the true glories in the world of fine wine, there really is nothing quite like d’Yquem. With a storied history over the centuries, we are drawn to a simple, unguarded descriptor on one of the most recent Yquem releases from Jancis Robinson’s website. ‘Utter joy’, it pronounces… spot on!

For those who have not tasted the iconic d’Yquem, this comment sums things up perfectly – it is an unforgettable wine. The 2021 is lighter than recent vintages, with a focus on purity and elegance over power.

The 2021 vintage with velvet-like texture promises to be even more luscious in time, and will show its allure at all stages of development. But within its unending layers, a hedonistic flourish awaits those who are patient. Breadth, balance, and harmony are evident throughout and in supreme focus. D’Yquem never displays anything less than blinding purity and takes the wine drinker beyond the expectations of ‘ordinary’ wine.

Chateau d’Yquem is the most regal and famous sweet wine – the 2021 offers a glorious opportunity for old and new fans alike to sample it.

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2021 Chateau d’Yquem, Sauternes

  • GBP 1,590 per case in bond (6x75cl)
  • GBP 795 per case in bond (3x75cl)
  • GBP 795 per case in bond (6×37.5cl)

The 2021 Yquem was tasted in Amsterdam, the first wine poured at a lunch, thereby allowing me a longer period to examine it. Slightly burnished in hue, it has a very attractive bouquet with scents of dried quince, clementine, linseed and subtle candle wax, perhaps more discreet than usual, but certainly fresh and vibrant. The palate is medium-bodied and viscous on the entry, an Yquem with perhaps a lighter chassis than recent vintages, prioritizing poise and purity over horsepower — exactly the right approach in such a challenging season. It opens wonderfully in the glass, gaining more frangipane and kaki fruit scents, though it seems to have a lighter and more tensile finish than the 2020 or 2019. As such, I suspect that it will be comparatively approachable and, of course, delicious. Readers should note that I will probably re-taste the 2021 in Bordeaux during primeur. 2030-2060.

96 points, Neal Martin. Vinous

The 2021 d’Yquem exhibits a complex bouquet of rose, exotic fruits and mandarin orange mingled with spring flowers, rose and crème brûlé, followed by a medium to full-bodied, ample and seamless palate that’s suave and layered, with a deep core and a long finish that’s lent definition by delicate bitterness that offsets the 148 grams per litre residual sugar. This blend of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc was matured, as usual, in all new barrels, but the new oak is perfectly integrated and barely noticeable. Drink 2030-2050.

95 points, Yohan Castaing, RobertParker.com

The 2021 d’Yquem is composed of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc. It has 148 grams per litre of residual sugar, making for a relatively rich style and the sweetest Yquem since 2017. Pale lemon-gold coloured, perfumed notes of orange peel, juicy peaches, grapefruit, and honeycomb slowly emerge from the glass, followed by suggestions of jasmine tea, fresh ginger, and lime blossoms. The palate is fantastically satiny, with great tension and loads of spicy sparks complementing the citrusy flavors, finishing with epic length and a zesty lift. 54,000 bottles were made. The alcohol is 13.9%, and the pH is 3.79.

97 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent