WineAccess Travel Log
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The vineyard at Y'quem covers 126 hectares, of which only 100 are in production at any time. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc vines produce tiny yields, which are harvested in a number of labor-intensive passes through the vineyard. Wine is then cellared for three years in new oak barrels. The result is a dramatically rich Sauternes of dizzying complexity and extravagant depth, capable of aging effortlessly for decades, even centuries. In fact, the most expensive bottle of white wine ever sold was a bottle of 1811 Chateau d'Yquem. It went for a cool $117,000 at the Ritz in London in 2011.