While there will not be a first growth Sauternes from Chateau D'Yquem in 2012, there is a release of the dry white, Chateau d'Yquem "Y", better known as simply Ygrec. We just received our allocation this morning, and in consideration of the short vintage, there's not much to go around!
Ygrec 2012 has yet to be reviewed, but we did get to see the first glimpses of praise from the Wine Spectator in an article released this past October:
"There's a touch more Sauvignon Blanc in the '12 vintage (80 percent, versus 75 percent in '11). But while the '11 shows its Sauvignon side prominently, the '12 lets Sémillon do its thing. There's still a brisk edge but a lovely creaminess overall in the feel, as very pure, precise aromas and flavors of tarragon, quinine, chamomile, tangerine and green plum glide along beautifully. Vinified half in new oak and half in second-fill barrels, the wine nonetheless keeps a bright, unadorned profile rather than showing any overt oakiness. It has the balance and well-integrated acidity to provide pleasure now or age for up to a decade. The 2012 flirts with the quality level of the '11, but I'll hold off on final judgment until I can taste the wine formally (blind in a flight with other dry whites)…." WS 10/13.
All signs point to another stellar dry white from D'Yquem, secure your pre-arrival cases today while it's still available.