Situated to the south of Bordeaux, Chateau d'Yquem is among the finest references of great Sauternes wines. This iconic Superior First Growth enjoys an exceptional terroir and produces sweet wines that are sought-after throughout the world.
Chateau d'Yquem enjoys an extraordinary location, nestled in the heart of the hills of the Sauternes appellation, and comprises around a hundred hectares of vineyards that are planted on a tapestry of gravel and sandy soils.
The hot and dry weather conditions in February and March preceded a very rainy and cool period at the beginning of the vegetative cycle. Although the milder weather at the beginning of June favored a swift flowering phase, a heatwave set in at the end of the month, lasting almost until August 15th. These high temperatures ensured a rapid crop development, thus compensating for the slight delay that was recorded at the beginning of the cycle. On July 26th, a rare and intense rainy episode replenished the soil’s water reserves. The warm, dry weather conditions leading up to the harvest were ideal in refining the grape’s perfect ripeness level. The harvest of this Chateau d'Yquem 2019 began on October 10th and was carried out under favorable conditions for five days. The harvest led to an exceptional vintage that combines a fruity, fresh and concentrated expression.
And so begins a new chapter with Yquem 2019, which Pierre Lurton, President and CEO of the Chateau, describes as follows:
"With its lovely golden color, this vintage is characterized by floral, slightly lemony notes(verbena), giving it an airy quality.
It is strikingly fresh, with hints of apricot and peach. The palate is full and voluptuous. A very fine expression of a perfectly mastered botrytis, which has enhanced the Sauvignon Blanc grapes, representing an exceptional 45% of the blend. The 2019 vintage has all the components to seduce in its youth and will travel through time beautifully!"