Product of an exceptionally hot and dry summer season, the superb Chateau d’Yquem 2016 shines bright, revealing a wonderful purity and elegance, confirming its status as a true icon among the Grands Crus Classes of Sauternes.
Having begun on September 27, 2016, the harvest lasted until November 4, with 4 successive passes. Nearly 75% of the harvest was carried out in the last 2 weeks. The selection of the grapes (75% Semillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc) was extremely precise, ensuring that only fully botrytized grapes with perfect acidity levels were included in the blend. The result is a testament to the hard work and attention of the technical teams at Chateau d'Yquem, under the direction of the talented Francis Mayeur.
Along with its great finesse and subtlety, the Chateau d'Yquem 2016 reveals a complex and nuanced yet pure aromatic bouquet. Fresh notes of white fruit and floral fragrances give way to delicious exotic fruit flavors, like mango, vanilla and beeswax. On the palate, the Chateau d'Yquem 2016 is a luscious nectar, packed with exotic and candied fruits, along with a hint of caramel. Its texture reveals a brilliant purity, elegance and finesse. And finally, a beautifully vibrant acidity, so emblematic of the Yquem style, stretches long into a persistent finish that offers a brilliant shock of freshness at the end. A superb and complex Chateau d'Yquem of great pedigree. A great Sauternes, promising a fantastic evolution in the bottle.