2002 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

Grapes Muscadelle, Sémillon, Sauv Blanc
Origin France, Bordeaux
Village Sauternes
Classification 1er Cru Classé
ABV 12%

Young Sauternes often reminds me of pear juice and this wine, tasted from a half bottle just couriered from Bordeaux, was like nothing more than the healthiest, cleanest pear juice. Pale gold with a slightly greener tinge than most young Yquem. Very fresh, long and deep-flavoured this wine has that ingredient X that Yquem always seems to manage, but this is certainly not one of the sweetest or most intense Yquems. It is certainly greater than any other 2002 sweet white bordeaux I remember tasting, with the strongly possible exception of Climens, but is almost spookily open for a recently-bottled Yquem. There's the merest hint of astringency on the finish still but this wine could be enjoyed in its relatively simple youth. 2007-25 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Dec 2007)

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A finely delineated nose if such a thing is possible, demonstrating a sweet and grainy acacia honey aroma. On the palate it has a ripe, rounded, expansive texture and a lovely depth, but with a precise, impeccable balance. This carries the wine across the palate, rather than enveloping it in a bath of luscious, honeyed texture, remaining poised, slightly detached, but fabulously elegant. This has a very fine style. Compared to the 2001, a lesser wine, but it still demonstrates the marvellous poise and structure that says this will last for decades in the cellar. Excellent. Rating: 18.5+/20 Chris Kissack,

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