Bordeaux

2019 Chateau Yquem 375mL

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The 2019 vintage of Château d'Yquem has the highest proportion (45%) of Sauvignon Blanc in any modern Yquem. The Sauvignon Blanc adds to the freshness, acting as a great balance to the succulent, sweet and voluptuous palate. Intense peach and apricot, combined with lemon and orange zest, make this highly appealing to drink right away – an ideal vintage with which to start Yquem’s ‘lighthouse’ project. However, it would be a shame not to give this 10+ years maturation to see how it develops. Very well, I suspect. The growing season was both warm and wet, with mildew a big threat. After a mostly dry September, 40mm rain came at the end of the month, leading to a very short harvest window. All of the Yquem grapes were picked in two tries within a one-week period. Residual Sugar: 138g/L. Read more
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
97 POINTS
Andy Howard MW - Decanter

The 2019 vintage of Château d'Yquem has the highest proportion (45%) of Sauvignon Blanc in any modern Yquem. The Sauvignon Blanc adds to the freshness, acting as a great balance to the succulent, sweet and voluptuous palate. Intense peach and apricot, combined with lemon and orange zest, make this highly appealing to drink right away – an ideal vintage with which to start Yquem’s ‘lighthouse’ project. However, it would be a shame not to give this 10+ years maturation to see how it develops. Very well, I suspect. The growing season was both warm and wet, with mildew a big threat. After a mostly dry September, 40mm rain came at the end of the month, leading to a very short harvest window. All of the Yquem grapes were picked in two tries within a one-week period. Residual Sugar: 138g/L.

Expert Review
96 POINTS
James Suckling - Wine Spectator

A juicy Yquem with tarte tartin, salted caramel and dried oranges on the nose and palate. Medium-to full-bodied and medium-sweet with a creamy and round texture. Bright and vivid. Lovely texture. Long. Evolves to caramel and burnt vanilla sugar. 55% semillon and 45% sauvignon. 138g/L residual. Drink or hold.

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Tasting Notes

A juicy Yquem with tarte tartin, salted caramel and dried oranges on the nose and palate. Medium-to full-bodied and medium-sweet with a creamy and round texture. Bright and vivid. Lovely texture. Long. Evolves to caramel and burnt vanilla sugar. 55% semillon and 45% sauvignon. 138g/L residual. Drink or hold. James Suckling 96 Points

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Winemakers Note

After a cool and rainy spring, warm conditions prevailed all the way through to November 2019. In Sauternes in particular, the downpour in late July removed the risk of drought and ensured that the development of the harvest was defined by the unique properties of the soils. The extremely tight window of favourable picking conditions, lasting just five days, obliged us to focus exclusively on the healthiest plots, with not a moment to spare for superfluous passes. Thanks to the wide variety of our soils, the experience and availability of our teams and our perfect knowledge of the terroir, offer a success as rare as it is remarkable. Alcohol content: 14.4 % Vol – Residual sugar: 138g/L – Total acidity: 5,5 g:/L H2T – pH: 3.90 Château d’Yquem writes a new chapter in its timeless history with the 2019 vintage Château d’Yquem is a myth, a miracle of nature, and a unique wine. Opening a bottle of Yquem means pressing pause and relishing each moment with your loved ones. It stands out from other wines because of its unique color, aromas, intensity, sweetness, and balance. In its youth and most outstanding expression, Yquem has a universal compelling power. It goes straight to the heart, soul, and senses of anyone tasting it, whether seasoned or inexperienced. Château d’Yquem is an extraordinary place, at the very heart of Sauternes, with a hundred hectares of vineyards are planted on a mosaic of different soils. All the conditions are there to grow exceptional grapes and achieve the finest noble rot, the famous botrytis cinerea. Through a sublimation process, the grapes reach a level a richness in taste and aromas that is simply unique in the world. Yquem preciously protects its selective harvesting secret, carried out by a team of devoted highly experienced local pickers, who have received their ancestral knowledge from the generations that came before them. Therefore, only the best grapes sublimated by botrytis cinerea are picked, because this is the golden rule at Yquem: never look for simplification, or shortcuts, and accept the risk of losing everything. This is the price to pay to achieve excellence. Thanks to this sorting precision, the grapes only require gentle vinification in the cellar, with minimum inputs. The aging process takes longer and adapts to the rhythm of the wine. Only the best will do: an Yquem-worth wine or nothing. For centuries, Château d’Yquem has been served at the most lavishing celebrations and for the world’s greatest figures: from Europe’s kings to Japanese emperors. Epicureans and wine lovers have always admired the mythical nectar. The best international chefs offer Yquem in their restaurants and they even create specific dishes to match Yquem, looking for the best pairing. These restaurants are truly “lighthouses” as they radiate the lights of Yquem around the world. Yquem’s aura reaches even beyond the cuisine arena. Indeed, it has been dear to great statesmen, such as George Washington, first president of the United States, and it was named the only “Premier Cru Classé Supérieur” during a classification process requested by Napoleon III, but it has also inspired artists. Large source of inspiration, the wine has been responsible for many emotions amongst many musicians, painters, poets, and writers. For Frédéric Dard, drinking Yquem is like “tasting sunlight”. Yquem can be matched with any food, but the truth is Yquem doesn’t need food. It is a world of its own, to such extent that some say it is best enjoyed with a good conversation by a roaring fire in the dead of winter, or in the shadow of a tall tree, watching the sun go down behind the horizon, during a long summer day.

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International Marketplace Product: Estimated dispatch from Sydney warehouse: Aug 30th, 2024


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