Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes
Château d'Yquem

Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2013


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2013

6x75cl

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£1,735.22



Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2013

2013

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2013
Maturity:
Keep/Drink
ABV:
13.5%
96/100
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent

A blend of 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc, with 140 grams per liter of residual sugar, the 2013 Yquem has a medium straw-gold color. It is just starting to evolve into notes of straw, cashew nuts, and honey toast, with a core of apple pie, pear tart, and key lime pie. The palate is relatively elegant and refreshing, with a satiny texture and a refreshing lift on the finish.
Date Reviewed:
08/2023
92/100
Neal Martin, Vinous

The 2013 Yquem is consistent with previous encounters. It has a fresh nose thanks to the contribution of the 30% Sauvignon Blanc, not as complex as other vintages, yet delineated with lemon rind and lychee hints bubbling up with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a keen line of acidity, pure and beautifully integrated with the oak, yet missing the complexity of a top-flight Yquem.
Date Reviewed:
08/2023

specifications

country:
France

region:
Bordeaux

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Château d'Yquem

Château d'Yquem

Chateau Yquem is without doubt the grandest and best known of all the great Sauternes estates. In fact, it is widely regarded as one of if not the most exclusive dessert wines produced anywhere in the world. When classified in 1855, Yquem was granted the exclusive and unique title of Premier Cru Supérieur.

The list of past owners reads like a who’s who: King Louis VII and King Henry II were just two of the illustrious previous owners. In more recent times (1785), the estate became the property of the Lur-Saluces family. After a 219 year family association with the Chateau, Alexandre Lur-Saluces stood down in 2004. Now the property is under the ownership of luxury goods brand LVMH and the stewardship of Pierre Lurton and winemaker Lorenzo Pasquini.

In all, they have 100 hectares of vines, planted with 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. Pickers are required to undertake numerous tries, depending on the vintage and the spread of botrytis. Fermentation takes place in oak and there is liberal aging in barrel. The Grand Vin is one of life’s treasures. It is a wine of unerring purity, complexity, finesse and power. It is the wine that all other Sauternes estates aspire to be. For sweet wine lovers, it is quite simply Sauternes nirvana.

There is also a very successful dry wine called ‘Y’ (Ygrec). This is produced from Sauvignon Blanc, harvested before botrytis affects the vineyards.

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