Château Yquem

Château Yquem

1er Cru Supérieur of Sauternes - More than 15 Vintages available in stock

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Buying a bottle of Yquem on Comptoir des Millésimes is simple and safe. Yquem is the most prestigious sweet white wine in Sauternes.

  

Great wines of Chateau Yquem at the best price

You can order your bottles of Chateau Yquem grands crus in exceptional vintages at the best price like Chateau Yquem 2015 or Yquem 2017. You can also find some bottles of the second wine of Chateau d'Yquem "Le Y D'Yquem". The prestige and quality of this wine, especially in the older vintages, explains the prices of Chateau Yquem.

   

What is the 1er Cru Supérieur de Sauternes?

Chateau Yquem is a very famous, extremely prestigious Sauternes wine estate. Located in the commune of Sauternes, the vineyard extends over 103 hectares, and the production is about 100,000 bottles per year. It is a Premier Grand Cru Classé of the 1855 Sauternes Classification.

It is the only wine that is considered above all other Sauternes wines. This becomes even more obvious when you are at Chateau Yquem. Situated on top of a hill, you really feel like you are in a different world from the rest of Bordeaux. 

The vineyard of Chateau Yquem has 113 hectares of vines. The terroir is at the highest altitude in Sauternes, which gives it a unique microclimate. The micro-climate is crucial, as it allows the easterly winds to move through the vineyard, helping to remove unwanted excess moisture, especially later in the growing season when noble rot sets in.

 

- The vineyard 

The vineyard of Château Yquem has 113 hectares of vines. The terroir is at the highest altitude in Sauternes, which gives it a unique microclimate. The microclimate is critical, as it allows the easterly winds to move through the vineyard, helping to eliminate unwanted excess moisture, especially later in the growing season when noble rot sets in.

 

- Blending

There are only two grape varieties: 80% Semillon, which produces a rich, sappy wine with body and structure, and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, an early but less reliable producer, which brings aroma and finesse.

  

The story of a work of art

The Bordeaux wine estate originated in the Middle Ages, when Yquem was owned by the King of England. In 1593, Jacques Sauvage obtained the feudal right of ownership over the castle. Shortly after taking possession of the property, the Sauvage family built the Sauternes castle we know today.

- Did the château produce sweet or dry wine at the time? 

Records show that specific Bordeaux viticultural practices and late harvests existed in the 16th century in the appellation.

  

- Who owned the property during all these years?

The wine has always been prized by lovers of fine wines, from royalty to Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States. Françoise Joséphine (former owner) was one of the few opponents of the excesses of the French Revolution. Her opinions earned her two prison sentences. Josephine kept the estate and even built a new winery in 1826. This bold move made the Bordeaux wine estate a serious business. While remaining the owner, it was under her direction that the multi-pass method of harvesting was perfected. In 1851, Françoise Joséphine died.   

Her grandson, Romain-Bertrand de Lur Saluces, became the managing director of the estate. After this period of prosperity, like most Bordeaux wine producers, d'Yquem had to face two difficult events. This period of Yquem's history ended with two dramatic events: the phylloxera crisis and the First World War.

During the First World War, from 1914, the estate was used as a military hospital. After the war, the Marquis Bertrand de Lur Saluces, son of Eugène, took over the estate and kept control of it for the next 50 years. President of the Union des Crus Classes de la Gironde for forty years, he helped determine many legal aspects of the Sauternes appellation. He was also one of the main proponents of bottling châteaux to guarantee their authenticity.

Childless and anxious to protect the future of Château d'Yquem, Bertrand de Lur Saluces appointed one of his brother Amédée's sons, Alexandre de Lur Saluces, to take over the management of the Bordeaux winery in 1966. Bertrand died two years later. Count Alexandre de Lur Saluces carried on the family tradition by managing Château d'Yquem for more than 35 years.

After a long battle of custom and multiple lawsuits with a myriad of heirs, the Count arranged for L.V.M.H/Moet-Hennessy-Louis Vuitton to finalize the purchase of the property. They appointed Pierre Lurton, who was already managing their other property, Cheval Blanc, to manage the property.

 

- Why is this Sauternes chateau more expensive than the others?

Although it is expensive, more than three times the price of most other Sauternes, when the wine reaches maturity, d'Yquem stands head and shoulders above all other sweet Bordeaux wines in the region, as well as all other sweet wines in the world!

 

- What is botrytis cinerea?

This is a fungus that infects and attacks grapes. It is better known as noble rot, because of the particular and sought-after qualities it confers on the fruit. This rot needs specific conditions to develop, humidity in the morning, combined with heat later in the day. The fruit therefore does not have much humidity. The grapes shrivel, dehydrate and concentrate with new characteristics. These new qualities are sought after in Sauternes and other wine regions outside of Bordeaux for their honeyed, tropical and exotic sensations.

   

- Best Vintages of Chateau Yquem 

Legendary vintages of Château Yquem: 1945, 2015, 2009, 2018, 2017, 2016 1967, 2001, 2007, 1969, 1988, 1975, 1990

  

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Sweet2017 Bordeaux Sauternes
96/100 Wine SpectatorWS
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Price395

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Sweet2019 Bordeaux Sauternes
97/100 Wine SpectatorWS
Price355

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In the opinion of the greatest tasters, the best vintages are: 1945, 2001, 2009, 2015, 1990 and 2017.

> Read our full article: The Best Vintages of the Château from Yquem.

It is the most expensive Sauternes, but also the rarest. Its price varies according to the vintages between 220€ and up to 5000€ for the oldest and rarest vintages.

The Château d'Yquem 1811 has been auctioned at €85,000 in 2011. This is the most expensive bottle of Chateau Yquem ever sold. See our article: The most expensive wines in the world.

They also produces a dry white wine called "Y". It is a rare wine produced at only 10,000 bottles per vintage. 

You will find more than 15 vintages of Yquem in stock on the site. You can buy them on the site and have them delivered within 24/48 hours anywhere in Europe.

The great wines of Château Yquem have the privilege of being able to be kept for a very long time in the cellar. Depending on the quality of the vintage, they can be kept between 20 and 100 years before being tasted. Find all the bottles in stock on the site.