Château d’YquemChâteau d'Yquem is a myth, one of nature’s miracles and a truly unique wine all in one. The one and only Premier Grand Cru Supérieur awardee in the 1855 classification, Château d'Yquem tells the story of a remarkable expertise that has been passed down since 1593.
Creation date: 1593
President & CEO: Pierre Lurton
Head office: Château d’Yquem, 33 210 Sauternes - France
IconWidowed at 20 years old, Françoise-Joséphine de Lur Saluces found herself responsible for the family estate and developed the reputation of Yquem wine beyond the borders of the kingdom of France. When she died in 1851, the Countess left her grandson with one of the most successful properties in Bordeaux.
Château d’Yquem is an extraordinary place, nestled at the top of the hills of Sauternes, bearing a hundred hectares of vineyards planted upon a mosaic of soils. All these conditions come together to yield a grape where Botrytis cinerea reveals its most valuable feature. Thanks to the process of sublimation, the grapes contain flavors and aromas that are unique in the world. This miracle is made possible by the dedication of experienced pickers, who carry their ancestral expertise from the generations that preceded them. As a result, only the best grapes, sublimated by Botrytis cinerea, are picked, because this is Yquem’s golden rule: never look for simplicity or shortcuts and risk losing everything. This is the price we pay for excellence.
- 2 GRAPE VARIETIES : SEMILLON AND SAUVIGNON BLANC
- 9 MISSING VINTAGES FROM THE 20TH CENTURY
- 13 GENERATIONS OF WINEMAKERS SINCE 1593
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