Château d’Yquem

Château d’Yquem

Château d’Yquem is the leading estate in the Sauternes appellation on the Left Bank of Bordeaux. It has long been reputed for making one of the world’s great sweet wines. In the 1855 classification of Bordeaux wines, Yquem was given the lofty title of Premier Cru Supérieur – the sole property at that level. It sits comfortably among the First Growths of the Médoc and their equivalents on the Right Bank regarding its quality and prestige among wine collectors.

The estate has a noble history dating back to the 1590s. By 1711, it was owned by the Sauvage family, French aristocrats whose descendants would remain at the helm for almost three centuries. Yquem is now part of the Louis Vuitton Moët-Hennessy (LVMH) group, owned by Bernard Arnault, one of France’s wealthiest people.

Yquem is located in the heart of Sauternes, at the commune’s highest point and surrounded by many of the appellation’s other leading estates. The vineyard is planted to a majority of Sémillon, supported by Sauvignon Blanc. There are 113 hectares of vines, though only 100 hectares are used in any one vintage.

To make a bottle of Yquem depends on developing botrytis cinerea, the so-called “noble rot”, in the vineyard. Harvest involves up to 200 workers, passing through the vineyard up to 10 times to pick only those berries that have been infected with noble rot. This doesn’t happen uniformly, and it doesn’t happen every year. In some years, no Yquem is produced at all – as in 1964 or, most recently, 2012. Of this approach, President Pierre Lurton says: “It’s important to take a lot of risk. If you don’t take a risk, you don’t make Yquem.”

Today, Yquem is led by Pierre Lurton, its longtime President, along with Estate Manager Lorenzo Pasquini. The Cellar Master is Toni El Khawand, following the departure of Sandrine Garbay in 2022.

In addition to the sweet Sauternes produced here, there is also a dry white wine, Y (pronounced “ee-greck”).

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£196.00 – half bottle (37.5cl)
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2016 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2016
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£213.00 – half bottle (37.5cl)
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2002 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2002
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£606.00 – magnum (150cl)
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2019 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2019
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2014 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2014
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13.5% Alcohol
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2013 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2013
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13.5% Alcohol
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2015 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2015
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2009 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2009
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2013 Ygrec, Château d'Yquem, Bordeaux
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2013
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2018 Ygrec, Château d'Yquem, Bordeaux
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2018
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2017 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2017
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2005 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2005
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13.5% Alcohol
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2011 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2011
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2006 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2006
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2004 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2004
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2012 Ygrec, Château d'Yquem, Bordeaux
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2012
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2007 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2007
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2008 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2008
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13.5% Alcohol
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2003 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2003
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14.0% Alcohol
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2010 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2010
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13.5% Alcohol
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1999 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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1999
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14.0% Alcohol
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2018 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
White
2018
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13.5% Alcohol
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1997 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
White
1997
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14.0% Alcohol
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1996 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
White
1996
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14.0% Alcohol
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2021 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
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2021
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14.0% Alcohol
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2020 Château d'Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux
White
2020
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14.0% Alcohol
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2019 Ygrec, Château d'Yquem, Bordeaux
White
2019
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14.5% Alcohol
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