Château d'Yquem, a story of excellence
Indispensable among the sweet wines of Sauternes, Château d'Yquem belonged in the Middle Ages to the crown of England, a privileged partner of the Bordeaux people in the wine trade.
In 1593, Jacques Sauvage obtains the tenure of the estate, which is already distinguished by cutting-edge farming practices. The marriage in 1785 of Françoise-Joséphine de Sauvage d'Yquem with Count Louis Amédée de Lur-Saluces marks the entry of this old Bordeaux family into the prestigious property of Sauternes. After the death in 1851 of the "Lady of Yquem », a widow for a long time, her grandson Romain-Bertrand de Lur-Saluces inherits a vintage with an established reputation, further propelled to the heights by the classification of 1855 (only Premier cru superior).
Considered as the greatest sweet wine in the world, Château d'Yquem, located on a small hill, benefits from an exceptional micro-climate and terroir. The vineyard, which has no less than 150 different plots of soil, is pampered throughout the year: each vineyard receives an average of 50 treatments per year. The selection is particularly rigorous in Yquem: it is often said that a vine stock only produces a glass of wine. The harvest is carried out in at least four passes (seven in 1997!) In order to harvest the grapes at perfect maturity, affected by noble rot.
Château d’Yquem specifications:
Number of bottles produced per year:100,000
Planted area:100.00 hectares (White: 100.00)
Average age of the vines:35
White grape varieties:Sauvignon blanc (20%), Sémillon (80%)
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