Wines & Spirits
S.A. du Château d’Yquem
Founded : 1593
Château d’Yquem, « Y »
33210 Sauternes - France
The infinite care and attention lavished on Château d'Yquem's outstanding terroir, consolidated over the centuries by the Lur Saluces’family, earned the estate the unique rank of Premier Cru Supérieur in the 1855 classification.
Producing wine at the top classified growth in Sauternes is always an extremely demanding proposition.
The selection process takes place every step of the way at Yquem, from the vineyard to the cellar. The best example of this is the meticulous way the grapes are harvested, in several waves, selecting only individual grapes (rather than whole bunches) affected by Botrytis cinerea. This microscopic fungus works a marvellous alchemy, adding special aromas and flavours that utterly transform the wine.
Without botrytis there can be no Château d'Yquem!
This philosophy of extremely careful selection continues in the cellar, where the wine is aged for three years in new oak barrels.
In the last analysis, yields amount to just one glass of wine per vine. This infinitely complex, extraordinarily aromatic, nectar can only be made in years when nature cooperates with man.
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