Château d'Yquem

Château d'Yquem

Château d’Yquem displays its name, Sauternes and the vintage. Make no mistake, the King of Sauternes could display its classification on the label, especially given its ranking as the single Premier Cru Supérieur in the entire region. Whilst the flurry of excitement surrounding the 1855 classification of the Médoc’s great red wines was ongoing, the numerous brokers of the region set about forging their own system for the sweet wines further south.

 

Chateau d’Yquem was owned by the King of England. It is now no less regal; widely considered the best Sauternes and arguably the world’s best sweet wine. LVMH bought half its shares in 1996 and the rest in 2004, naming Pierre Lurton as manager. Nine First Growths were created, but only one “Superior First Growth” was anointed - Château d’Yquem. Clearly, the powers that be at this mythical estate decided long ago that displaying their unchallenged superiority for all the world to see was beneath them.

  

As much passion and commitment the great red wine producers of Bordeaux pour into their craft, none will ever match the sacrifice and unrelenting dedication required to produce this most famous of sweet white wines. Located in the heart of Sauternes, perched atop the highest hill in the area, the team at Yquem have a Herculean task every year. Of the 189 hectares of land which comprise the estate, 64 are fallow at all times. Of the 125 deemed worthy of vines, only 100 are used for the Grand Vin – only half of Yquem is actually used to produce its Sauternes, even before the stringent selection process. In fact, so stringent is this selection process, and so aggressively are the vines pruned, that whereas a red wine producer will make around a bottle per vine, Yquem makes a single glass!

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
D'Yquem 1990 (12x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €4,805.40
1990

D'Yquem 1990 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98)

A warm to hot vintage ideal for producing outstanding reds does not necessarily make for a great Sauternes vintage, but in the case of 1990 it did. Dry, warm winds in the autumn contributed to the level of concentration that this wine exhibits. Fortunately, a little rain in late September and early October ensured that botrytis flourished well in the end, the final factor necessary to achieve this extraordinary expression.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 98 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €4,805.40
D'Yquem 1995 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,069.70
1995

D'Yquem 1995 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 1995 Chateau d’Yquem is moving into its secondary aroma phase. A deep golden color, it has a dense and almost Barsac-like bouquet with tangerine, apricot, acacia and melted candle wax. It displays good intensity, unfolding beautifully in the glass. The palate has a strident opening, with a slight bitter edge that lends this Yquem great tension. One can discern layers of marmalade infused with honey fruit, with a powerful, spicy finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is drinking perfectly now, but will surely age with style over many years. Tasted March 2014.
Delivery to Storage from 15 Aug 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €2,069.70
D'Yquem 1998 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,655.70
1998

D'Yquem 1998 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

Pale gold colored, the 1998 d'Yquem features a flamboyant, rock-star nose of allspice, candied ginger, honeycomb and crème brûlée with a core of preserved lemons, mandarin peel and musk perfume plus a waft of potpourri. Beautifully balanced in the mouth, with seamless freshness lifting the decadent sweetness (134.4 grams per liter of residual sugar), it culminates with fantastically persistent layers of exotic spices.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,655.70
D'Yquem 2005 (12x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €4,073.40
2005

D'Yquem 2005 (12x75cl)

Wine Spectator (95-100)

Floral, lemon, apple and cream with dried pineapple and apricot. Full-bodied, but very focused and refined. It starts slowly and then, wham! It goes on and on. Spicy, dried fruits and spices. Full-bodied, medium-sweet. So long and exciting. It is very close to 2001. We will see. Score range: 95-100 -JS
Original Wooden case In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 95-100 (WS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €4,073.40
D'Yquem 2015 (6x37.5cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,748.85
2015

D'Yquem 2015 (6x37.5cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Following a very long harvest stretching nearly two months, the 2015 Château d'Yquem came in at 13.9% alcohol and 144 grams per liter of residual sugar, sporting a pH of 3.65 and six grams per liter of tartaric acid. None of these numbers, however, even remotely begin to tell you how profound this wine is. The nose opens with electric notes of ripe pineapples, green mango, orange blossoms and lemon tart with hints of fungi, lime zest, crushed rocks and jasmine. The freshness on the palate is just astonishing, permeating and lifting layer upon layer of tropical fruits and earthy notions, all encased in a sumptuous texture and culminating in a very, very long, mineral-tinged finish. Truly, this is a legendary vintage for d'Yquem. I've been conservative with my drinking window here, and I would not be at all surprised if our descendants are drinking this vintage well into the next century.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x37.5cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,748.85
D'Yquem 2015 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €3,323.70
2015

D'Yquem 2015 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Following a very long harvest stretching nearly two months, the 2015 Château d'Yquem came in at 13.9% alcohol and 144 grams per liter of residual sugar, sporting a pH of 3.65 and six grams per liter of tartaric acid. None of these numbers, however, even remotely begin to tell you how profound this wine is. The nose opens with electric notes of ripe pineapples, green mango, orange blossoms and lemon tart with hints of fungi, lime zest, crushed rocks and jasmine. The freshness on the palate is just astonishing, permeating and lifting layer upon layer of tropical fruits and earthy notions, all encased in a sumptuous texture and culminating in a very, very long, mineral-tinged finish. Truly, this is a legendary vintage for d'Yquem. I've been conservative with my drinking window here, and I would not be at all surprised if our descendants are drinking this vintage well into the next century.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €3,323.70
D'Yquem 2018 (3x37.5cl)
Inc. TAX: €693.23
2018

D'Yquem 2018 (3x37.5cl)

Wine Advocate (98)

The 2018 d'Yquem is all lime cordial, grapefruit oil and mandarin peel to begin. With a little coaxing, the fireworks really begin, letting off a whole array of honeysuckle, candied ginger, dried pineapple, lemon pastilles, chalk dust and sea spray scents, followed by a savory undercurrent of shaved almonds, allspice and baking bread. The palate is an exercise in polish and poise, featuring the most gorgeously creamy texture and bright, sparkling freshness, framing all the densely laden tropical and citrus fruit layers, finishing with a powerful BANG of profound floral and spice perfume. It is wonderfully sweet, yes, but that—paradoxically for a "sweet wine"—is almost beside the point.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 3x37.5cl 1 98 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €693.23
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
D'Yquem 1990 (12x75cl)
In Bond: €3,975.00
1990

D'Yquem 1990 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98)

A warm to hot vintage ideal for producing outstanding reds does not necessarily make for a great Sauternes vintage, but in the case of 1990 it did. Dry, warm winds in the autumn contributed to the level of concentration that this wine exhibits. Fortunately, a little rain in late September and early October ensured that botrytis flourished well in the end, the final factor necessary to achieve this extraordinary expression.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 98 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €3,975.00
D'Yquem 1995 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,710.00
1995

D'Yquem 1995 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 1995 Chateau d’Yquem is moving into its secondary aroma phase. A deep golden color, it has a dense and almost Barsac-like bouquet with tangerine, apricot, acacia and melted candle wax. It displays good intensity, unfolding beautifully in the glass. The palate has a strident opening, with a slight bitter edge that lends this Yquem great tension. One can discern layers of marmalade infused with honey fruit, with a powerful, spicy finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is drinking perfectly now, but will surely age with style over many years. Tasted March 2014.
Delivery to Storage from 15 Aug 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,710.00
D'Yquem 1998 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,365.00
1998

D'Yquem 1998 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

Pale gold colored, the 1998 d'Yquem features a flamboyant, rock-star nose of allspice, candied ginger, honeycomb and crème brûlée with a core of preserved lemons, mandarin peel and musk perfume plus a waft of potpourri. Beautifully balanced in the mouth, with seamless freshness lifting the decadent sweetness (134.4 grams per liter of residual sugar), it culminates with fantastically persistent layers of exotic spices.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,365.00
D'Yquem 2005 (12x75cl)
In Bond: €3,365.00
2005

D'Yquem 2005 (12x75cl)

Wine Spectator (95-100)

Floral, lemon, apple and cream with dried pineapple and apricot. Full-bodied, but very focused and refined. It starts slowly and then, wham! It goes on and on. Spicy, dried fruits and spices. Full-bodied, medium-sweet. So long and exciting. It is very close to 2001. We will see. Score range: 95-100 -JS
Original Wooden case In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 95-100 (WS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €3,365.00
D'Yquem 2015 (6x37.5cl)
In Bond: €1,450.00
2015

D'Yquem 2015 (6x37.5cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Following a very long harvest stretching nearly two months, the 2015 Château d'Yquem came in at 13.9% alcohol and 144 grams per liter of residual sugar, sporting a pH of 3.65 and six grams per liter of tartaric acid. None of these numbers, however, even remotely begin to tell you how profound this wine is. The nose opens with electric notes of ripe pineapples, green mango, orange blossoms and lemon tart with hints of fungi, lime zest, crushed rocks and jasmine. The freshness on the palate is just astonishing, permeating and lifting layer upon layer of tropical fruits and earthy notions, all encased in a sumptuous texture and culminating in a very, very long, mineral-tinged finish. Truly, this is a legendary vintage for d'Yquem. I've been conservative with my drinking window here, and I would not be at all surprised if our descendants are drinking this vintage well into the next century.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x37.5cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,450.00
D'Yquem 2015 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €2,755.00
2015

D'Yquem 2015 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Following a very long harvest stretching nearly two months, the 2015 Château d'Yquem came in at 13.9% alcohol and 144 grams per liter of residual sugar, sporting a pH of 3.65 and six grams per liter of tartaric acid. None of these numbers, however, even remotely begin to tell you how profound this wine is. The nose opens with electric notes of ripe pineapples, green mango, orange blossoms and lemon tart with hints of fungi, lime zest, crushed rocks and jasmine. The freshness on the palate is just astonishing, permeating and lifting layer upon layer of tropical fruits and earthy notions, all encased in a sumptuous texture and culminating in a very, very long, mineral-tinged finish. Truly, this is a legendary vintage for d'Yquem. I've been conservative with my drinking window here, and I would not be at all surprised if our descendants are drinking this vintage well into the next century.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €2,755.00
D'Yquem 2018 (3x37.5cl)
In Bond: €574.00
2018

D'Yquem 2018 (3x37.5cl)

Wine Advocate (98)

The 2018 d'Yquem is all lime cordial, grapefruit oil and mandarin peel to begin. With a little coaxing, the fireworks really begin, letting off a whole array of honeysuckle, candied ginger, dried pineapple, lemon pastilles, chalk dust and sea spray scents, followed by a savory undercurrent of shaved almonds, allspice and baking bread. The palate is an exercise in polish and poise, featuring the most gorgeously creamy texture and bright, sparkling freshness, framing all the densely laden tropical and citrus fruit layers, finishing with a powerful BANG of profound floral and spice perfume. It is wonderfully sweet, yes, but that—paradoxically for a "sweet wine"—is almost beside the point.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 3x37.5cl 1 98 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €574.00

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