Chateau Yquem 2016 and Y 2017

Chateau Yquem 2016 and Y 2017
Sauternes may not be as de rigueur as it once was, but when the world’s greatest sweet wine releases its new vintage, there is still a sense of anticipation and excitement… The 2016 Yquem is yet another outstanding example from this hallowed Chateau – proof it were needed that this is still the preeminent address in Sauternes. Critics have poured praise on this ethereal and exquisitely balanced example. If you are looking for the best of the best, then look no further.

We are also delighted to offer the wonderful 2017 “Y” – the dry white wine produced from Yquem’s prized vineyards. This cuvee has improved immeasurably over the last decade. Now we expect to be tantalised by delightful floral aromas, nervy Sauvignon fruit and wonderful vibrant acidity every year. The 2017, a very successful vintage for dry whites, must rank amongst the greatest triumphs for this cuvee!

“The 2016 Château d’Yquem was picked over four tries through the vineyard, commencing on 27 September and finishing on 4 November. The crucial pass through the vines took place between 18-22 October when over half of the crop was picked. In fact 75% of the crop was picked during the final two weeks of the harvest. It has 14.2 % alcohol and a residual sugar of 135 g per liter, a pH of 3.80. A classic blend of 75% 25¨% Sauvignon blanc it has comparatively nuanced bouquet compared to Yquem that I have encountered at this stage. It opens gradually with light honeyed aromas, white flowers, apple blossom and just a touch of honeysuckle, although it does not possess the bravura personality of the astounding 2015. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous opening, a subtle spice note leaving the mouth tingling. This is a fresh Yquem, tensile with moderate weight and delivering, perhaps belatedly, fine attack on the finish lined with subtle lemongrass notes. It will be interesting to plot the progress of this Yquem throughout its barrel maturation. This is an excellent Yquem, no doubt, though I was missing that nerve, the labyrinthe complexity that can mark a top-tier Yquem even at this premature stage, I suspect that this will drink earlier than others, but age in a style only it knows. 95-97/100” – Neal Martin, Vinous Media