Chateau Yquem

Chateau dYquem
Chateau d'Yquem is one of the most extraordinary, unique and amazing wines in the world. It is without doubt the worlds greatest sweet wine.

In terms of purity of style and richness, Château d’Yquem out-classes all others in its class. The major contributing factor to the wine’s complexity is the unique set of climatic and geological conditions that combine to form a rare microclimate.

Only 100 hectares are used for each vintage across a variety of the Sauternes terroir. The grapes are harvested by hand, the grapes are picked individually in six tries to ensure that each grape is picked only when fully botrytised. The Château’s selection process is notoriously severe with only one glass of wine produced per vine. On occasion, the wines are not considered worthy of Château d’Yquem and the vintage will be omitted, as was the case in 1951, 1952, 1964, 1972, 1974 and 1992.

Château d’Yquem’s have produced a dry white wine since 1959 - Ygrec (French for ‘Y’).

25 products found.

Chateau Yquem, 2007

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe (in Yquem Case)

*** 98 Points - e robert Parker ***

Reviews
The Yquem 2007 sports a clear gold hue with youthful green tints. The nose is very pure, understated at first, unfurling with aeration in the glass, offering honey, acacia, Mirabelle and a hint of apple blossom. The palate has a viscous entry, very pure with honey, white peach, fresh pear, lemon and orange zest, a tangible sense of vibrancy and vigour. Not a powerful Yquem, but one of incisive focus and nervosite, very pure botrytis, adorned with an almost tense zesty finish that succinctly counterpoises the residual sugar. This is an outstanding Yquem, surpassed only by the 2001 during this decade.
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Chateau Yquem, 2005

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe (in Yquem Case)

*** 97 Points - e robert Parker ***


Reviews
the 2005 Chateau d’Yquem delivers a similar performance as last year. Lucid in colour, the bouquet is detailed with very pure honey, vanilla and almond scents, still a little new oak to be fully assimilated but demonstrating superb focus. The palate is virtually identical to last year's bottle: exquisite balance and perfectly judged acidity, but perhaps just gaining a little richness and viscosity over the last 12 months. There is an appealing completeness to this Yquem and whilst I would not place it amongst the likes of 2001 or 2009, it comfortably sits just behind.
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Chateau Yquem, 2004

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe (in Yquem Case)

*** 92 Points - e robert Parker ***


Reviews
The 2004 Chateau d’Yquem’s bouquet is generous but not as complex as either the 2005 or indeed the 2006. The oak a little pronounced considering the age in bottle, but it does not leap at you shouting “I’m Yquem!” The palate has a viscous tangerine and orange peel opening with fine acidity. There is good weight in the mouth, with touches of spice and cardamom. It finishes just a little abruptly for a Yquem, a pretty note without requisite sustain. Drink now-2035. Tasted March 2014. Neil Martin ERobert Parker

"...This shows wonderful aromas of pineapples, apples and lemons with loads of botrytis.
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Chateau Yquem, 2003

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe (in Yquem Case)

*** 94 Points - e robert Parker ***

Ch. d'Yquem reported 2003 as the hottest year since 1896, the previous hottest being the 1976 which provided a superb wine with excellent botrytis which is now showing at its best. Ch. d'Yquem conclude their report: "This unusual vintage will no doubt remain a benchmark for many years to come. An extraordinary summer, "total" botrytis, and the sacrifice of part of the estate made it possible to harvest grapes with optimum fruit and and concentration thanks to unusually clean botrtization."

Reviews
The 2003 Yquem was picked from 17th September after an explosion of botrytis until 26th September in one trie.
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Chateau Yquem, 2000

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe (in Yquem Case)

*** 90 Points - e robert Parker ***

Only 25,000 bottles of Yquem were made in this very tough Sauternes vintage. A truly valliant effort from this fine property.

Reviews
"The millennial 2000 Chateau d’Yquem is a valiant effort in one of the most challenging Sauternes vintages in recent memory. The 2000 is quite deep in color. The nose is crisp and well-defined but not the most complex, as you would expect from a truly challenging growing season in Sauternes. It is pleasant in its own way with delicate scents of tangerine, yellow flowers and Mirabelle. The palate is well-balanced with marmalade tinged opening.
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Chateau Yquem, 1998

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

‘A beautiful, slightly golden yellow, this wine is still very young to express much on the initial nose. After swirling, and even more so after a few minutes in the glass, there come scents of citrus, raisins and also more floral aromas with delicate lime flower. These are still early days and time is needed for these impressions to develop. In the mouth the great quality and potential are obvious. The attack is round, and the volume quickly fills the whole mouth. What sweetness and what pleasure - with just enough acidity. Flavours of mandarin, apricot, fruit paste, then the vanillary, lightly grilled notes associated with the long élevage in barrel.
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Chateau Yquem, 1976

Sauternes, 1st Growth Classification

Yquem is without doubt, one of the world's finest wine producers, of whom Robert Parker comments: "There is no other wine in the world like it, and there is no other luxury wine that can possibly justify its price as much as Yquem. The remarkable amount of painstaking labor necessary to produce the nectar known as Yquem is almost impossible to comprehend."


"The 1976 Yquem continues to go from strength to strength. Who can ignore the awesome bouquet of spices, honeyed fruit, pineapples, bananas, coconuts, and overripe melons? This full-bodied, viscous, luscious wine has been absolutely delicious since bottling, given its relatively low acidity and precocious personality.
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Price: £645.00
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Chateau Yquem, 1975

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

*** 98 Points - Exceptional Neil Martin ***

Reviews
"The 1975 Château d'Yquem stands as one of the towering successes of that decade and at 40 years of age, it shows no signs of losing any of its prowess. This bottle represented one of the best that I have encountered. Iridescent in color, the bouquet soars from the glass, a pyrotechnic display of quince, Clementine, honey and a touch of aszu, lending it a slight Tokaji-like personality. It is beautifully defined and intense. The palate is pure and detailed with a killer line of acidity, vibrant honeyed fruit and a mellifluous finish that is now fully expressive.
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Price: £630.00
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Chateau Yquem, 1970

Sauterns Premiere Grand Cru Classe

Reviews: "The 1970 Yquem is a large-scaled, rich, full-bodied, fairly alcoholic Yquem with significant flavor interest as well as crisp acidity. Unlike the 1971, which is close to peak maturity, this wine has a long way to go and is impressive, but not yet revealing all of its potential." Robert Parker, Bordeaux 3rd Edition. Parker rating 90/100 (outstanding)
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Price: £395.00
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Chateau Yquem, 1963

Sauternes 1er Grand Cru Classe

We quote from the tasting notes of greatbordeauxwines.com tasting in 2005
"Château d’Yquem 1963 87 points
Tasted in April 2005. Brown like cola. Aromas of mocca, burnt coffee beans and caramel. It had some sweetness on the palate but very little of noble rot. This was light and well-balanced wine with fine aftertaste.
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Chateau Yquem, 1962

Sauternes 1er Grand cru Classe, (Level In Neck)

91 Points Wine Journal.

" Moderate Clear lucid gold with green tints. The nose is very elegant and well defined, touches of wet wool, honey, wood resin and barley sugar (a la Barsac). I wish it had more vigour and complexity, for it is rather overwhelmed by the Coutet and the Suduiraut. The palate is far better than the nose with a lovely creamy, harmonious texture with perfect acidity and balance. Citrus peel, fresh ginger, dried apricot, ginger and orange sorbet with noticeable residual sugar on the finish. This is probably an underrated Yquem given market prices, but the modest nose means I must temper my appraisal.
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Chateau Yquem, 1962

Sauternes 1er Grand cru Classe,

91 Points Wine Journal.

" Moderate Clear lucid gold with green tints. The nose is very elegant and well defined, touches of wet wool, honey, wood resin and barley sugar (a la Barsac). I wish it had more vigour and complexity, for it is rather overwhelmed by the Coutet and the Suduiraut. The palate is far better than the nose with a lovely creamy, harmonious texture with perfect acidity and balance. Citrus peel, fresh ginger, dried apricot, ginger and orange sorbet with noticeable residual sugar on the finish. This is probably an underrated Yquem given market prices, but the modest nose means I must temper my appraisal.
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Chateau Yquem, 1959

Sauternes Premiere Grand Cru Classe Top Shoulder - label nicked capsule removed

Top Shoulder - 2 small nicks on label, foil capsule missing


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Chateau Yquem, 1958

Sauternes Premiere Grand Cru Classe

Considered as the greatest white wine in the world, Château d'Yquem, located on a small hill, enjoys a microclimate and an exceptional terroir. The vineyard, which has no fewer than 150 parcels of different soil, is cherished throughout the year, each vine receives an average of 50 treatments per year. The selection is particularly rigorous for the grand vin of château d'Yquem: it is often said that a vine produces only one glass of wine . The harvest is carried out through at least four passes (seven in 1997!) to harvest the grapes at perfect ripeness, with the noble rot.
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Chateau Yquem, 1957

Sauternes Premiere Grand Cru Classe

Reviews: Glorious copper/mahogany colour. Sweet, gentle nose, but complex showing creme brulee, figs. Medium bodied on the palate, no obvious botrytis, sweet on initial entry with figs, caramel and a note of custard, perhaps falling away a little on the finish but picked up with a sweet dessert.
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Price: £820.00
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Chateau Yquem, 1956

Sauternes Premiere Grand Cru Classe

Considered as the greatest white wine in the world, Château d'Yquem, located on a small hill, enjoys a microclimate and an exceptional terroir. The vineyard, which has no fewer than 150 parcels of different soil, is cherished throughout the year, each vine receives an average of 50 treatments per year. The selection is particularly rigorous for the grand vin of château d'Yquem: it is often said that a vine produces only one glass of wine . The harvest is carried out through at least four passes (seven in 1997!) to harvest the grapes at perfect ripeness, with the noble rot.
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Price: £795.00
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Chateau Yquem, 1950

Sauterns Premiere Grand Cru Classe

Reviews
"Light amber/gold. Very refined and pure bouquet. On the palate intense sweetness, ripe pineapple, beautiful bitterness and acidity. The aftertaste is long with honey and almonds. Perfect harmony, except for some hints of alcohol." Tasted 2007, Review on Cellar Tracker.
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Price: £950.00
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Chateau Yquem, 1949

Sauternes Premiere Grand Cru Classe



The 1949 Château d'Yquem is the highest part of the Sauternes region. It extends on 188 hectares with a vineyard of 125 hectares. The name of Yquem is known worldwide and the château protects and defends a unique way of life and culture for a unique wine.

Reviews:
Honey, burnt orange sugar, apricots, pineapples, vanilla and crème brulee soar from the glass. But, this wine is not produced in the style of modern Yquems. This does not have the nearly the same level of sweetness or viscosity found in the best vintages of the 80’s and 90’s. Perfectly balanced with the right amount of acidity to give it lift.
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Chateau Yquem, 1989

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

Yquem is indisputedly the best wine in Sauternes and may well be the finest sweet wine in the world.

Meticulously made with incredible power, texture, complexity and ageing potential The 1989 is a powerful, intense, rich wine; astonishingly complex; perfectly balanced and a fine, persistent finish.

Spends three years in barrel, and keeps and improves for 15, 50, even 100+ years in great vintages.

Yquem recommend trying this with oysters, lobster, foie gras, or just on its own.

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Price: £295.00
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Chateau Yquem, 1984

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

Reviews "1984 is a surprisingly good year made under very trying conditions. D'Yquem began its harvest on October 15th and made its last pass through the vineyards on November 13th. Seventy-five percent of the crop was retained for d'Yquem. The wine at present exhibits a great deal of smoky oak in its bouquet, which is also filled with scents of smoked almonds, cooked pineapples, and honey and caramel. In the mouth, the wine is less flamboyant, with less glycerin and power than usual, but it is still a rich, full-bodied d'Yquem with a great deal of personality and character." ERobert Parker
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Chateau Yquem, 1983

Sauternes 1er Grand Cru Classe

*** 96 Points - Robert Parker ***

Reviews
"The 1983 ranks among the most concentrated wines from this property over the last 25 years, with a staggering display of extract and a mind-boggling amount of glycerin. The vintage commenced early for d'Yquem, beginning on September 29th and finishing on November 18th. The 1983 is enormous, with huge, honeyed, pineapple, coconut, and caramel flavors, massive extract, and an unctuous quality barely framed by acidity and new oak. The wine has changed little since bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2050." Robert Parker, Wien Advocate 1993.
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Chateau Yquem, 1980

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

93 Points Robert Parker
91-93 Points Neil Martin

" This year is a perfect example of a vintage that was much better for the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes than it was for the red wines. Yquem produced its greatest wine since the twin titans of 1975 and 1976. Medium golden, with a big, opulent, honeyed, oaky, flowery, tropical fruit bouquet, this wine is rich and concentrated, has very good acidity, a lot of botrytis, and a stunning finish. It is a great success, and it continues to evolve at a snail's pace. Anticipated maturity: Now-2035. (RP) (1/1998)"

"91-93 points Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "First tasted in January 2003 from a half-bottle.
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Chateau Yquem, 1969

Sauternes 1er Grand cru Classe

*** 94 Points Cellar Tracker ***

Reviews
"There is always a high level of star gazing when a bottle of old Yquem shows up. Even an ok bottle like this makes you feel a million bucks. Dark caramel in colour. Apricots on the nose, sweet glycerin. On the palate it is well evolved full of ripe fruit, botrytis and although it is low in vitality it still makes for a superb experience. We can not be unbiased to the star gazing here but this is a good 94" CellarTracker.com
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Price: £485.00
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Chateau Yquem, 1967

Sauternes 1er Grand cru Classe (HALF BOTTLE)

*** 96 Points Robert Parker ***

Reviews
"TBased solely on the strength of what is unquestionably a great Yquem, many have concluded that 1967 was a superb vintage for Sauternes. The truth is that 1967 was a very good but irregular vintage. As for Yquem, it is close to perfection. Medium amber/golden with a full intensity bouquet of vanillin spice, honey, ripe pineapples, and coconut, this intense, very ripe, unctuous Yquem has layers of sweet, opulent fruit, excellent balance, and a hefty, powerful finish. Almost too big and rich to be served with food, this wine should be drunk alone as a dessert.
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Price: £525.00
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Chateau Yquem, 1948

Sauternes Premiere Grand Cru Classe

88pts Wine Spectator

The Château d'Yquem is the highest part of the Sauternes region. It extends on 188 hectares with a vineyard of 125 hectares. The name of Yquem is known worldwide and the château protects and defends a unique way of life and culture for a unique wine.

Harvest 24 September to 13 November. Picking spread over 41 days. Alcohol 13.5. 125gm/litre sugar. 4.2 tartaric acidity. The first wave of picking produced remarkably sweet grapes, while the second 'trie' also gave very high quality - luckily, later sugar levels were lower which counterbalanced the very rich must of the first two tries.
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Price: £1249.00
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