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

Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2019


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2019
75cl
DP
£303.20

2019
3x75cl
DP
£909.61

2019
6x75cl
DP
£1,819.22


Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2019

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1988
2013
2019
2020

Tasting Notes


Maturity:
Keep

ABV:
14 %

Notes

Yquem 2019 was the result of just two tries of picking – a necessarily rapid and intense harvest that saw the entire vintage picked in just 5 days, from the 10th to the 14th October. After a challenging season where early disease pressure was followed by drought like conditions (except one downpour in July) production is down by almost 30%. Furthermore, at 45% of the blend, there has never been so much Sauvignon Blanc in the final assemblage. Now released only when in bottle, the 2019 received four extra months elevage as the team sought to optimise the expression of the vintage. And they appear to have done a wonderful job – intense tarte tatin and roasted pineapple aromas are swiftly followed by spiced apples, cloves and white flowers. On the palate it is rich and unctuous, yet also quite structured with a good bite of dry extract. It is also surprisingly expressive and engaging at this early stage; it caresses and grabs the palate with caramelised pineapple and baked apple notes before a long finish of fresh quince, baked apricot and honeycomb.

Critics score


Score:
95

100

Source:
Neal Martin, Vinous

Date:
02/2023

Notes
The 2019 Yquem has a flirtatious bouquet with yellow plum, honeysuckle and jasmine developing with time. Fine purity, though not showstopping complexity. The palate is smooth and pure. Very nicely integrated oak, creamy, touches of vanilla and crème brûlée towards the finish. This is a quite gorgeous Yquem, though I am certain that given more time to open it would have merited a higher score. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting.

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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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