Château d'Yquem

Château d'Yquem is the maker of arguably the world’s finest sweet wine, lauded for the incredible longevity and outstanding quality of its vintages.

This historic Bordeaux property sits on top of a small hill, with commanding views over its neighbouring Sauternes châteaux. It is surrounded by immaculate and well-tended vines that are famous for bearing the grapes that succumb to the noble rot or botrytis cinerea that make this renowned dessert wine.

The history of the buildings at d’Yquem dates to the 12th century, and the estate itself was established in the 16th century. Classified in 1855 as the very top of all the sweet wines of Bordeaux as the only Premier Cru Supérieur, the reputation and quality of the wines were at that time already widely known. Indeed, d'Yquem wines were considered as superior to the other First Growths of the Médoc that were recognised in the same Classification.

The 113-hectare vineyard is planted with 75% Sémillon, a thin-skinned grape ideally susceptible to noble rot, adding richness, opulence and body, and 25% Sauvignon Blanc, which adds pronounced aromatics and vibrant acidity to the blend.

Château d'Yquem's microclimate is ideal for the development of noble rot. The influence of the Garonne and Ciron rivers create morning mists which enable the botrytis to develop, followed by afternoon sunshine which ensures the grapes remain in good, healthy condition.

The methods of production are strictly controlled and monitored. Because of the need for multiple harvests called ‘tries’ during the autumn months and rigorous selection of the finest shrivelled grapes, it is said that each vine at d'Yquem only produces one small glass of the golden nectar.

Each harvest, the climatic conditions affect the yields and quality such that it is not always possible to produce this delectable wine. In 2012 for example, no Yquem was produced as the quality of the harvest was deemed insufficient for their high standards,

The results are exceptional when the vintage conditions are ideal for the botrytis cinerea to develop. Colours vary from yellow to gold and amber, with explosive aromatics ranging from dried mango and pineapple through to marmalade, butterscotch and hazelnuts. It is opulent, generous and rich on the palate, with harmonious vibrant acidity that balances the sweetness perfectly.

Because of its trademark richness and opulence, the wines of Château d'Yquem occupy a unique place in the history and appreciation of fine wine. The greatest vintages from the 19th and early 20th centuries, if well cellared, can still offer glorious tasting experiences now in the 21st century, with the more modern classics from the latter half of the last century to the present day still able to be kept for many, many decades.

There is no disputing that the wines of Château d'Yquem last for an incredibly long time and historic vintages regularly appear at Christie’s auctions. Not often seen are the exceedingly rare vintages such as the 1784 and 1787, which could still be drinking well today, as well as other historic vintages including 1811, 1814, 1847, 1864, 1865, 1893 and 1899.

From the 20th century, 1921, 1928, 1929, 1937, 1945, 1947, 1955, 1959, 1967, 1971, 1975, 1983, 1988, 1989 and 1990 are standouts. Of more recent years, highlights include 2001, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Château d'Yquem 1967

6 Bottles (75cl) per lot - (cn)

Château d'Yquem 1970

2 Bottles (75cl) per lot - (cn)

Château d'Yquem 1971

5 Bottles (75cl) per lot - (cn)

Château d'Yquem 1975

2 Half-Bottles (37.5cl) per lot - (cn)

Château d'Yquem 1975

3 Bottles (75cl) per lot - (cn)

Ch â teau d'Yquem 1975

3 Bottles (75cl) per lot - (cn)

Château d'Yquem 1975

12 Bottles (75cl) per lot - (cn)

Château d'Yquem 1976

3 Bottles (75cl) per lot - (cn)

Château d'Yquem

40 magnums and 128 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1900 Original fully branded cork. New capsule. Pristine label. Level: upper-shoulder (1) 1901 Original neutral cork. Neutral capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: mid/upper-shoulder (1) 1902 Recorked in 1990. Slightly depressed cork. Slightly stained label. Level: base of neck (1) 1903 Recorked in 1989. Slightly marked label. Level: mid/upper-shoulder (1) 1904 Original cork. Slighlty raised cork. New capsule. Slightly stained label. Level: upper-shoulder (1) 1905 Recorked in 1992. New capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: upper-shoulder (1) 1906 Damaged capsule. Original cork. Bin-soiled label. Level: upper-shoulder (1) 1907 Corroded capsule. Original cork. Fading stained label. Level: mid/upper-shoulder (1) 1908 Recorked in 1991. Reprint label. Level: upper-shoulder (1) 1909 Recorked in 2008. Modern new capsule. Bin-soiled label. Level: into-neck (1) 1911 New capsule. Original cork. Excellent appearance. Level: upper-shoulder (1) 1912 Recorked in 1990. Reprint label. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1913 New capsule, original branded cork. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1914 Corroded capsule. Original cork. Excellent appearance. Level: mid-shoulder (1) 1916 Recorked in 1993. Excellent appearance. Level: base of neck (1) 1917 New capsule. Original cork. Excellent appearance. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1918 Recorked in 1991. Corroded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: mid-shoulder (1) 1919 Scuffed capsule. Original cork. Slightly stained label. Level: upper-shoulder (1) 1920 Recorked in 1987. Slightly damaged capsule. Stained label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1921 Original cork with fading branding. Corroded capsule. Badly damaged bin soiled label with tape affixed. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1922 Original cork. Badly bin-soiled label. Level: mid/low-shoulder (1) 1923 New capsule. Original cork. Reprinted label. Loose, stained and damaged label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1924 Original cork. Stained and slightly damaged label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1925 Recorked in 2002. New capsule. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: into-neck (1) 1926 Corroded capsule. Original cork. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: upper-shoulder (1) 1927 Original cork. Bin-soiled, faded and damaged label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1928 Vintage branded capsule, original fully branded cork. Stained Slightly damaged label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1929 Recorked in 1996. Vintage branded capsule. Badly bin-soiled label. Level: base of neck (1) 1931 Recorked in 2001. Vintage branded capsule. Bin-soiled and damaged label. Level: into-neck (1) 1932 Vintage branded capsule, original fully branded cork. Bin-soiled and stained label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1933 Vintage branded capsule, fully branded original cork. Excellent appearance. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1934 New capsule. Original fully branded cork. Excellent appearance. Level: base of neck (1) 1935 Vintage branded capsule, original branded cork. Excellent appearance. Level: upper-shoulder (1) 1936 Vintage branded capsule, original branded cork. Excellent appearance. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1937 Vintage branded capsule, slightly scuffed. Original branded cork. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1938 Vintage branded capsule, original branded cork. Slightly marked label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1939 Vintage branded capsule, fully branded original cork. Excellent appearance. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1940 Recorked 1991. New capsule. Slightly bin-soiled and marked label. Level: upper-shoulder (1) 1941 Vintage branded capsule, fully branded cork. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1942 Vintage branded capsule, fully branded cork. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: into-neck (1) 1943 Recorked 2011. Vintage branded capsule, fully branded cork. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1944 Recorked 2009. Vintage branded capsule, fully branded sl raised cork. Bin-soiled and slightly stained label. Level: base of neck (1) 1945 Recorked in 2012. New capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: base of neck (1) 1946 Vintage branded capsule. Fully branded original cork. Signs of seepage. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: upper-shoulder (1) 1947 Recorked in 1994. Vintage branded capsule. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: base of neck (1) 1948 Original cork. New capsule. Reprint label, pristine. Level: mid-shoulder (1) 1949 Vintage branded capsule. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1950 Vintage branded capsule. Bin-soiled label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1953 Vintage branded capsule. Signs of seepage. Bin-soiled label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1954 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: base of neck (1) 1955 Vintage branded capsule. Slightly depressed cork. Bin-soiled label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1956 Vintage branded capsule. Bin-soiled label, Nicolas stamped. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1957 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: into-neck (1) 1958 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: base of neck (1) 1959 Vintage branded scuffed capsule. Slightly bin-soiled Slightly damaged label. Level: into-neck (1) 1960 Vintage branded capsule. Slightly stained label. Level: into-neck (1) 1961 Vintage branded capsule. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1962 Vintage branded capsule. Bin-soiled label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1963 Vintage branded capsule. Signs of seepage. Stained label. Level: upper-shoulder (1) 1965 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: into-neck (1) 1966 Vintage branded capsule. Faded label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1967 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: into-neck (1) 1968 Vintage branded capsule. Stained label. Level: base of neck (1) 1969 Vintage branded capsule. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: base of neck (1) 1970 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: base of neck (1) 1971 Vintage branded capsule. Slightly corroded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1973 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: into-neck (1) 1975 Vintage branded capsule. Marked and slightly damaged label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1976 Vintage branded capsule. Damp-stained label. Slightly damaged label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1977 Vintage branded capsule. Bin-soiled and stained label. Level: base of neck (1) 1978 Vintage branded capsule. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1979 Vintage branded capsule. Stained label. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1980 Vintage branded capsule. Slightly scuffed label. Level: base of neck (1) 1981 Vintage branded capsule. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: base of neck (1) 1982 Vintage branded capsule. Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: base of neck (1) 1983 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: base of neck (1) 1984 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: base of neck (1) 1985 Vintage branded capsule, slightly damaged. Excellent appearance. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1986 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: top-shoulder (1) 1987 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: base of neck (1) 1988 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: into-neck (1) 1989 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: into-neck (1) 1990 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: into-neck (1) 1991 Vintage branded capsule. Slightly marked label. Excellent appearance. Level: into-neck (1) 1993 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: into-neck (1) 1994 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: into-neck (1) 1995 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: into-neck (1) 1996 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: into-neck (1) 1997 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: into-neck (1) 1998 Vintage branded capsule. Excellent appearance. Level: into-neck (1) 1999 Marked labels. Excellent appearance (1) 2000 Slightly marked labels. Excellent appearance (1) 2001 (1) 2002 (1) 2003 (1) 2004 (1) 2005 (1) 2006 (1) 2007 (1) 2008 (1) 2009 Slightly bin-soiled label (1) 2010 (1) 2011 (1) 2013 (1) 2014 (1) 2015 (1) 2016 (1)

107 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1811

1 bottle per lot

Château d'Yquem 1908

12 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1921

6 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1847

1 bottle per lot

Château d'Yquem 1947

6 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1967

12 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1811

1 bottle per lot

Château d'Yquem 1900

3 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1948

12 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1945

12 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem--Vintage 1928

12 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem--Vintage 1990

120 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1847

1 bottle per lot

Château d'Yquem 1900 - 1909

10 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1896

3 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1937

6 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem--Vintage 1945

12 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1947

12 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1945

8 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem--Vintage 1945

9 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1900

1 magnum per lot

Château d'Yquem 1875

1 bottle per lot

Château d'Yquem--Vintage 1919

6 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem--Vintage 1967

12 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1920 - 1929

10 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1967

12 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1967

12 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1869

1 bottle per lot

Château d'Yquem 1867

1 bottle per lot

Château d'Yquem 1888

1 bottle per lot

Château d'Yquem 1921

4 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1865

1 bottle per lot

Château d'Yquem--Millésime/Vintage 1937

6 bouteilles/bottles par lot

Château d'Yquem 1865

1 bottle per lot

Château d'Yquem 1919

6 bottles per lot

Château d'Yquem 1929

6 bottles per lot