Y – The one and only wine produced by Château d'Yquem in 2012
Pierre Lurton took the bold decision not to release Chateau d’Yquem 2012, much to the consternation of his neighbours. However, as is often the way, poor conditions for sweet wines can produce exceptional dry whites. In Robert Parker’s vintage overview, he states that ‘the dry white wines of Graves are beautiful. 2012 is clearly a top vintage for these wines, which are rich, soft, intense and honeyed’.
Historically, “Y” was the product of the last bunches to be harvested, affected by Botrytis Cinerea to some degree, but never exceeding 15% potential alcohol. Since 1996, the philosophy has changed and the desire is to produce a wine ‘more in tune with the times by displaying the qualities of freshness and crispness – essential for a modern great white wine’.
Pierre Lurton continued the evolution of “Y”. Now certain Sauvignon Blanc plots are picked at the beginning of the harvest, and Sémillon grapes from the best clay soils are picked just as the skins are turning a pinkish colour and optimum ripeness.
The teams are careful to conduct a light pressing. Ageing on lees takes place in barrels, a third of which are new. The final blend is made after tasting, but it is typically 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. The wines are gorgeous - powerful and rich, as one would expect from such noble terroir. They are always aromatic, complex and wonderfully balanced.
"Y" 2012 is a very small production, even by Yquem’s standards. Some 800 cases have been produced, even less than the prodigious 2011. It is offered in original wooden cases of six bottles. Please register your interest as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.