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Principal property and greatest sweet wine of Sauternes. Always the last to harvest, the pickers make as many as thirteen passages to each row of vines up to a period of two months. This attention to detail produces extremely low yields - the old adage being 'One glass of wine per vine'. Purported to come from a different clone of Semillon than other properties in the commune, D'Yquem is a rare beast and the finest wine of the 81 vintage. Rich and voluptuous with a nose of apricots, butterscotch and peaches it is balanced with a fine acidity. Fatter, deeper and more concentrated than both the 82 and the 80, it is ready to drink now.
Deep coloured and still purple fruited, with a touch of tiny rim age - a great August and September saving what was initially a rather dodgy start to the vintage. The nose is super, even now, damson and brambly with bits of graphite and woodsmoke. The early power and slight aggressiveness of St Estephe is no longer to the fore – giving way to a lovely broad generosity and finesse. Long and silky smooth on the finish it's still worth decanting for an hour or two. I think its bang on ready, but I don’t like to leave wines too long. Will see another five years- ish.
Blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot.