Chateau d’Yquem is not only the most famous chateau in Sauternes today, the estate has an exalted reputation dating back to the middle ages when d’Yquem was owned by the King of England.
At the time, the King was also the Duke of Aquitaine. Skipping ahead 150 years later, in 1593, a noble family, Jacques Sauvage, was given feudal tenure over d’Yquem. Shortly after taking over the property, the Sauvage family built the present Chateau in Sauternes that we know today.
Raised to the ranks of Premier Cru Supérieur appellation in 1855, Château d’Yquem is the product of meticulous work in the vineyard. Since its beginnings, it has benefited from an exceptional terroir, as well as being the result of a unique ancestral know-how since 1593.
The vineyard of Chateau d’Yquem is planted to 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. Today Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are planted in their own, respective parcels.
Light lemon straw colour. Light honeysuckle, lanolin, lemon curd. No sign of Sauvignon spice.Excellent depth of flavour, pure and refined structure, with a creamy finish. Super smooth, almost pulpy fruit, lemon curd is strong along with some lovely integrated Sauvignon herbality adding spice. Fruit dominates, but age has softened and melded the flavours. Delicious drinking.