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Ygrec - 2015

Château d'Yquem

4.0 / 5.0

France » Bordeaux » Bordeaux AOC
white still, dry
Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon
not available
Château d'Yquem Ygrec 2015


4.0 / 5.0750 ml@Norton

While my expectations were set a bit higher, this wine still manages to offer a commendable experience. It presents a blend of tropical fruits, accented by nuances of nuts, wax, and white flowers, reminiscent of honeysuckle. The balance and structure are well-executed, with a decent level of freshness that complements its almost full-bodied nature. The aftertaste is notably long. Despite not fully meeting my initial expectations, its complexity and approachability make it a pleasant discovery.

Château d'Yquem

Château d'Yquem, dating back to the 16th century, is the most renowned sweet wine producer in the world, located in the Sauternes region of Bordeaux. The estate is currently owned by LVMH, acquired in 1999. Château d'Yquem is uniquely positioned in the appellation of Sauternes, celebrated for its exceptional microclimate conducive to the development of Botrytis cinerea, essential for the production of its distinguished sweet wines.

D'Yquem was granted a superior Premier Cru Supérieur status in the 1855 Bordeaux Wine Official Classification, the only Sauternes property to receive this exclusive ranking. The estate's wines are known for their remarkable complexity, longevity, and balance between sweetness and acidity. Regarding the Lur-Saluces name (which is printed on some labels), it refers to the family that owned Château d'Yquem for nearly 300 years until 1999. The family's stewardship, particularly under Marquis Bertrand de Lur-Saluces in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was instrumental in establishing d'Yquem's reputation. As a homage to this legacy, bottles produced during and shortly after the Lur-Saluces tenure often bear the family name, signifying a historical era for the estate.