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Everything about the 2005 growing season pointed towards a great vintage: moderate water stress, a temperate end to the summer season conducive to good acidity, alternating periods of rain and dry heat for optimum botrytisation, etc. The wine has a phenomenally complex bouquet, confirming the extraordinary quality of the vintage.

"This Yquem 2005 from Chateau d'Yquem has a bright robe. On the nose, one can smell intense nutty notes as well as apricot jam accents mixed with figs, finishing on vanilla flavoured notes. The floral hints evoke jasmine and acacia flower. Extremely refreshing zested notes are revealed with the swirling. On the mouth, the attack is very precise and is deliciously suave. This wine is a caress on the palate thanks to its perfect and sublime balance. The freshness (the acidity) and the elegance of this 2005 complete its contained power, confering it an incredible and exceptional race. The oranged flavoured spiced bun, the liquorice and the gingerbread savours invade the palate. Then, an addition of acidity arises to authenticate a beautiful length to the Yquem 2005. This wine is worthy of its most illustrious predecessors. The desire to go back in this Sauternes universe and to approach fullness is irresistible." Parker

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