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

Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2021


Destination

vintage


En primeur

En Primeur
The following wines are either En Primeur or Ex-Chateau and currently abroad awaiting shipment to the UK. These wines are subject to final confirmation from the Justerini & Brooks team.


2021

3x37.5cl

EP

£397.50


2021

3x37.5cl

EP

£397.50


2021

6x37.5cl

EP

£795.00


2021

6x37.5cl

EP

£795.00


2021

12x37.5cl

EP

£1,590.00


2021

12x37.5cl

EP

£1,590.00


2021

1x75cl

EP

£265.00


2021

1x75cl

EP

£265.00


2021

3x75cl

EP

£795.00


2021

3x75cl

EP

£795.00


2021

6x75cl

EP

£1,590.00


2021

6x75cl

EP

£1,590.00


2021

1x1.5L

EP

£530.00


2021

1x1.5L

EP

£530.00


2021

1x3L

EP

£1,060.00


2021

1x3L

EP

£1,060.00


2021

1x6L

EP

£2,120.00


2021

1x6L

EP

£2,120.00


2021

1x9L

EP

£3,180.00


2021

1x9L

EP

£3,180.00



Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2021

2021

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2021

Some 2021s with dramatically reduced yields are bombastic and super-concentrated. Yquem is very much at ease, with a natural refinement and purity. There’s a delicacy and reserve here; it requires a little coaxing to tempt out notes of flowers, pineapple, citrus zest, mandarin, salts and a touch of fresh hay. The palate continues in the same vein with lots of crisp, fresh fruit, hints of spices and a touch of saffron. Flavours build and develop in the glass, revealing new attributes and long, noble nuances: caramelised fruits, tarte tatin, a touch of blood orange and a wonderful salinity. Although elegant and light-footed, there's plenty of viscosity and depth, suggesting an Yquem with a distinguished future. 65% Sémillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc. Total acidity 5.7g/L. Residual sugar148g/L. pH: 3.79.

Maturity:
Keep
ABV:
15%
96/100
Neal Martin, Vinous

The 2021 Yquem was tasted in Amsterdam, the first wine poured at a lunch, thereby allowing me a longer period to examine it. Slightly burnished in hue, it has a very attractive bouquet with scents of dried quince, clementine, linseed and subtle candle wax, perhaps more discrete than usual, but certainly fresh and vibrant. The palate is medium-bodied and viscous on the entry, a Yquem with perhaps a lighter chassis than recent vintages, prioritizing poise and purity over horsepower— exactly the right approach in such a challenging season. It opens wonderfully in the glass, gaining more frangipane and kaki fruit scents, though it seems to have a lighter and more tensile finish than the 2020 or 2019. As such, I suspect that it will be comparatively approachable and, of course, delicious. Readers should note that I will probably re-taste the 2021 in Bordeaux during primeur.
Date Reviewed:
02/2024

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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