“It is simply an astonishing Yquem,” — Parker’s Wine Advocate.
We’ve secured 120 half-bottles of one of the greatest vintages in the last century of the most age-worthy and most priceless white on planet earth. The 2015 Chateau d’Yquem will rival in quality the highly lauded 2011s, 2001s and even the epic 1967 bottling. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated it 98-100 points, gushing over its “show-stopping bouquet that is beautifully defined and very complex and exuberant, infused with greater mineralité than recent vintages,” calling it “intense,” with “fantastically pure, botrytised fruit caressing the mouth,” pointing out that this vintage is unique because of “the sense of electricity that is imbued by that razor-sharp acidity.” James Suckling waxed lyrical in his 99-100 point review, writing “This is an incredible young Yquem that is so vinous like a great vintage of Montrachet but then on the palate it turns to Yquem with spice, dried fruit and mushroom as well as sweet fruit.” Coming direct from Yquem’s coveted cellars, perfect condition and provenance — this is a first to market opportunity to secure the exceptional 2015 vintage of the world’s greatest sweet wine in bottle. Shipping from the Chateau immediately after harvest, to arrive in the USA in January. This vintage will sell from the Chateau quickly, so don’t miss this insider’s opportunity.
Why is Yquem — and its golden-honey purity — the most age-worthy wine and most priceless white on the planet? The beauty and magnificence of every bottle depends upon an extraordinary effort. On average, the vineyard crew passes through and selectively picks each row six times before the harvest is complete. Yields are minuscule — just 9 hectoliters per hectare, roughly one-fifth that of the First Growths of Pauillac, Lafite Rothschild, and Latour. Grapes, caked with pourriture noble, are gently pressed three times before being transferred to oak barrels, where the wine is left to age for three years before bottling.
We’ll never forget April of 1985 — a vertical tasting of 30 vintages of Yquem from 1979 to 1900 was organized at the Château, and we were invited, along with 30 tasters, including Robert. By the end, the wines were gone, but the dump-buckets were empty. We learned a lot that day about this storied property.
The soils at Yquem are unique — undulating slopes rising to high elevations for the area, is comprised of clay, gravel and a deep bed of limestone. So unique — Yquem was classified as a Premier Cru Supérieur Classé in 1855. For 214 years, from 1785 to 1999, one family held court over Yquem. Alexandre de Lur Saluces, was the last member of the family who managed the estate from 1967 until pressures from family, forced him to sell in 1999. Today, Pierre Lurton, of Cheval Blanc, has managed the estate under the stewardship of LVMH.
Perhaps Yquem’s most famous visitor arrived as far back as 1784 — the year Thomas Jefferson visited Sauternes. Upon his return to Monticello, Jefferson wrote, “This is the best white wine of France and the best of it is made by Monsieur de Lur-Saluces.” As our first Secretary of State, Jefferson ordered 250 bottles of the 1784 Château d’Yquem for himself — and a few more for President Washington.
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