d'Yquem offers a variety of well balanced yet complex aromas and flavors that create even more harmonies over time. The aroma of fruit (apricot, mandarin, and tropical fruit) dominate the nose. The bouquet is subtle as it segues into aromas of dried fruit, spice and flowers. On the palate, the wine is silky and sumptuous. The character of the wine is strong and exemplifies a great refinement. The balance of sweetness and freshness is always maintained. The finish is long and legendary.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 99
"Tasting a legend under blind conditions is always the ultimate test of pedigree with everything to lose. And yet for the second year running, the brilliance of Chateau d?Yquem stood out. The 2009 has a glorious bouquet with luscious honey, lemon curd, white peach and quince that is crystalline and utterly refined. It demonstrates wonderful delineation and pinpoint focus. The palate is brilliantly balanced with life-affirming acidity. There are notes of quince and white peach once again, marrying with hints of light honey and crushed stone, finishing with convincing confidence on the composed, refined finish. This is not quite as ethereal as the 2001 but it comes damn close."
Wine Spectator (WS): 98
"Dense and unctuous, but with lacy detail already showing along the edges, as light toasty hazelnut and piecrust notes lead the way for creamed melon, mango and pineapple flavors, with hints of green plum and honeysuckle. There's mouthwatering drive on the finish, which drips with a rosehip honey note that keeps pulling you back. Stunning."