2017 Château d'YquemMonday, September 16
Released this morning, the 2017 vintage from Château d'Yquem boasts an extraordinary 148 grams per litre of residual sugar. Yquems of the last century might weigh in at just 80-120 grams, yet the modern wine still manages achieve a perfect balance, with an increase in fresh acidity to match the richness. Invariably the first thought which jumps into our minds when we taste young Yquem is; 'how on earth do they do it?', the equilibrium of richness and freshness is so intense and finely judged. James Suckling describes 2017 as an 'extreme but wonderful style' (98-99 points). Lisa-Perotti Brown MW notes "epic length and great depth" (98 points) suggesting this is a wine which will age for many decades.
Alongside the 2017, the Château has released a parcel of the superb 2007, from another great Sauternes vintage. Neal Martin finds "such race and nervosity" and a "finish just purrs with harmony and focus (98 points)."
Also released is the 2018 vintage of 'Y' de Yquem, Yquem's dry white wine. A blend of 75% Semillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2018 harvest was hit by frosts and production was down by around 50%, which also resulted in an increase in concentration. Only ever made in small quantities (less than 10,000 bottles) Ygrec will be especially rare and limited in availability in this vintage.
Offered in bond, landing Spring 2020. Price excludes duty, VAT & delivery.