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In the Bordeaux Classification of 1855, Chateau d’Yquem was given the unique and unsurpassable rank of Premier Cru Superieur, ahead of all other Sauternes, indicating its perceived superiority and ability to command the highest prices. The wines of Chateau d’Yquem are characterized by their complexity, concentration and longevity. In a good year; a bottle will only begin to show its qualities after a decade or two of cellaring and with proper care, will keep a century or more, gradually adding layers of taste and hitherto undetected overtones.
The site has been home to a vineyard since at least 1711 when the estate was owned by Leon de Savage d’Yquem. In 1785 it passed to the Lur-Saluces family when Francoise-Josephine de Savage d’Yquem married Count Louis-Amedee de Lur-Saluces, the godson of Louis XV and lady Victoire de France. Monsieur Lur-Saluces died three years later, and his widow then focused her energy on sustaining and improving the estate; indeed, the Chateau as it now stands is largely due to her work, as well as that of her descendants, who ran the property for over 200 years and whose name remains on the label to this day.
While envoy to France, Thomas Jefferson visited the chateau and later wrote, “Sauterne. (sic) This is the best white wine of France and the best of it is made by Monsieur de Lur-Saluces.” Jefferson ordered 250 bottles of the 1784 vintage for himself, and additional bottles for George Washington. However, at the time the technique of allowing noble rot to infect the grapes had not yet been discovered, so the wine Jefferson was drinking was effectively a different sweet wine. Remarkably, the size of Chateau d’Yquem was, however; the same in 1788 as it is today.
2015 Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes $360.00* (RP 98-100)(JS 99)
“The 2015 Château d’Yquem is a blend of 75% Semillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc that was picked on the gravelly soils as early as 3 and 4 September until 21 October, four tries through the vineyard. It has a show-stopping bouquet that is beautifully defined and very complex and exuberant, infused with greater mineralité than recent vintages – intense but not as flamboyant as say the 2009 Yquem at this stage. The palate boasts absolutely stunning balance. This is a Yquem without a hair out of place: fantastically pure, botrytised fruit caressing the mouth. That is as per normal. What distinguishes this Yquem is the sense of electricity that is imbued by that razor-sharp acidity. There is just unbelievably tension here and to be frank, there is little point in me continuing to write this note, because it is simply an astonishing Yquem that will rank alongside the 2001 and 2009.” – Robert Parker
2016 “Y” d’Yquem Blanc $149.00*