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Sauternes. A big event this, the showing of the latest vintage en primeur at the ch√Ęteau (currently being renovated by new owners LVMH). Sandrine the oenologist and Pierre Lurton the manager have much to be proud of. This lively gold nectar has a super-powerful nose that comes leaping out of the glass, with just a hint of lemon oil from the Sauvignon (a full third of the blend this year) on top of the great whack of barley sugar richness of Semillon underneath. There is the most viscous pear juice sensation, good acidity, still some astringence and a great weight with a lovely fresh finish. Very persistent. Score: 18.5 Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2005
Pierre Lurton, the manager of Yquem as well as Cheval-Blanc, told me that he really wanted to mark his arrival at the legendary estate, so he went to draconian lengths to deliver something superb in 2004 (he reduced the crop by half, so probably less than 75,000 bottles will be produced). This shows wonderful aromas of pineapples, apples and lemons with loads of botrytis. Full-bodied, but incredibly refined and long. Superfresh and racy. It goes on and on and on. Fabulous. This has an incredible purity and brightness. Like a perfectly cut diamond. 95-100. Score: 95-100 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 05), April 2005


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