Chateau d'Yquem

Chateau d’Yquem located in the Sauternes, famed across the world for its sweet wines, was very nearly English. During the middle ages it belonged to the King of England, also Duke of Aquitaine. Luckily for French wine, in 1453 Southwest France was brought under the French crown by Charles VII and has stayed French ever since. In 1593, possession of the land was given to the Sauvage family and they built the present chateau, and consolidated, plot by plot, the vineyard still used today.

Run by the family until 2004, Chateau d’Yquem is now headed by Pierre Lurton whose philosophy is to maintain Chateau d’Y’quem’s legendary reputation, respecting tradition but still being open to modernity.

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