Château d’Yquem is uncompromising excellence in French wine for over 400 years.
Château 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 known as the 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 château , and consolidated it, plot by plot, and the vineyard still used today.
Run by the family until 2004, Château d’Yquem is now headed by Pierre Lurton whose philosophy is to maintain Château d’Yquem’s legendary reputation, respecting tradition but still being open to modernity. The Château now produces 65,000 bottles each year.
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.
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.
Château d’Yquem encourages responsible drinking.