CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ESTATE & CUVÉE
Estate: Château d’Yquem
Classification: 1er Cru Classé Supérieur
Color: Liquorous White
Owner: SC du Château d’Yquem
Area: 105 ha
Production: 100,000 bottles
Grape varieties: 80% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc
REGARDING THE DOMAIN
Château d’Yquem is universally recognized as the producer of the greatest white wine in the world. Located on a small hill with a unique micro-climate and an exceptional terroir, the château’s vineyard is made up of no less than 150 plots of different soils, pampered throughout the year. Each vine receives on average 50 treatments per year. The selection at Yquem is known to be particularly rigorous: it is often said that one vine produces only one glass of wine. The harvest is carried out in a minimum of four passes (and up to seven in 1997!) in order to harvest the grapes at perfect maturity, affected by noble rot. The estate also produces a dry white wine, Y d’Yquem, from grapes not affected by botrytis cinerea. In certain years, the entire harvest is downgraded (there was no production of Yquem in 1910, 1915, 1930, 1951, 1952, 1964, 1972, 1974, 1992 and 2012). The wine is aged for up to 42 months in new barrels.
REGARDING THE VINTAGE
Yquem… Is there a better-known name in the world of wine and fine wines of meditation? Its history dates back almost 400 years. The wine is produced on around a hundred hectares out of the 113 that make up the property. These vines are mainly planted with Sémillon (75%), supplemented by Sauvignon Blanc. The proximity of the vines to the Ciron, a tributary of the Garonne, allows noble rot to develop in ideal conditions. Once touched, the berries are carefully picked by hand and carefully sorted before being vinified with talent, notably thanks to aging for at least three years in barrels. This wonderful wine unfolds aromas of peach and pineapple. , coconut, nutmeg and cinnamon, supported by nuances of toast, caramel and vanilla from the new oak. Of extraordinary richness and concentration, Yquem wines have extraordinary aging potential. As Guitry said: “after Mozart the silence which followed was still Mozart”. We could add that: “After a sip of Yquem, the moments that follow are always d’Yquem. » (Frédéric Dard).