Released this morning at £795 per three bottles in bond, we are eagerly awaiting the key critics' scores for 2020 Château d'Yquem. At time of writing, only Lisa Perotti-Brown MW has published her score, awarding 97+ points, (identical to her score for the 2019).
The 2020 growing season in Sauternes saw lots of rain early on in the spring, which helped to mitigate the warm summer, but overall yields were low for the third year in a row (12hl/ha on average and as low as 3hl/ha at some châteaux!).
Across the appellation, the late summer saw low humidity levels, which did not encourage the development of botrytis. The harvest was long and slow, extending into November at many properties. Years with less botrytis rely on the grapes drying slowly on the vine to concentrate them ('passerillage').
Yquem's slightly elevated terroir was an asset in 2020, encouraging airflow which increased the fruit concentration. A blend of 75% Semillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc, the final yield in 2020 was 10hl/ha. The finished wine has 135 g/l of residual sugar, versus 138 g/l in 2019.
This kind of vintage produces racy, energetic wines with excellent acidity, singing with complex fruit and floral notes, as style which some Sauternes lovers prefer over the ginger, honey, and wet sticking plaster aromas of strong botrytis years.
With the harvest 30% below the 2019 level, 2020 will be one of the smallest releases on record, hence stocks are very limited. Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to order.
2020 offered ex-château, expected spring 2024.
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2020 / / Magnum
£530 per bottle
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2020 / / Half bottle
£795 per case of 6
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2020 / / 75cl
£795 per case of 3
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2020 / / 75cl
£1,590 per case of 6