"finishes with epic length and great depth." 97-99. Wine Advocate

New Releases | Ch d'Yquem 2017 & Y 2018

We are delighted to offer Château d'Yquem 2017 at £1,764 per 6 bottles IB. Half bottles, three-packs and larger formats of this extraordinary nectar are also available. 

Every bottle is an opportunity to taste a bit of greatness. Even from barrel this was energetic, unctuous and beautiful. David Roberts MW described it as, A glorious Yquem, shining gold in colour, honeyed and floral on the nose, with hints of Seville orange and barley sugar. A very layered wine, perfectly pitched between a glorious sweetness and its bright lively freshness on the finish. A dream of a wine.

Like most vintages that end in 7 the 2017 Yquem was a huge success. Although there was widespread frost in Bordeaux, it did not go below freezing point at Yquem. It was also the fourth hottest summer since 1897, for anyone whose memory goes this far back! The result is a strikingly luxurious and opulent wine.

The Château considers 2017 an outstanding vintage, and many of the critics agree. Deputy Managing Director Jean-Philippe Lemoine called it "an exceptional vintage for us, like 2001, 2009 and 2015".  Lisa Perotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate states, “it finishes with epic length and great depth” and awards 97-99 points. James Suckling decribes it as having, “Beautiful fruit and intensity. Such clarity. Extreme but wonderful style.” with a score of 98-99 points.

Along with the Grand Vin, Yquem’s dry white wine, Y d’Yquem 2018 is also released at £660 per 6 bottles IB. After a violent hailstorm destroyed a large amount of production, only 500 cases were produced. It was harvested entirely in August, in line with the great early-ripening vintages, such as 2011 and 2017.

Do take the opportunity to secure a case of these great wines.


Ch d'Yquem 1er cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes 2017 
£1,764.00 per 6 bottles IB | £882.00 per 3 bottles IB
£1,764.00 per 12 halves IB | £882.00 per 6 halves IB
£600.00 per single magnum IB
£1,250.00 per single double magnum IB
£2,500.00 per imperial IB (6l)
9l / 12l / 15l all available on request

There was no frost at d’Yquem in 2017, and botrytis was very regular and even this vintage. The nose opens with very pure notes of freshly sliced oranges, yuzu and lemon barley water with hints of white pepper, fresh ginger and lime cordial. The incredibly rich, unctuous sweetness (148 grams per liter of residual sugar) is beautifully marbled with bright, vivacious citrus fruit and spice flavors, while lifted by well-knit freshness, and it finishes with epic length and great depth. 97-99 points. Wine Advocate 

It has a very harmonious bouquet with white peaches, orange sorbet, white flowers and a touch of crushed stone. It has an “airy” nose that gathers pace with aeration. The palate is very fresh in the mouth with slightly less weight and concentration than the 2015 tasted alongside. There are subtle spicy veins interwoven through the final third with hints of freshly shaved ginger that add another dimension towards the finish. This might not be up there with the top tier of Yquem’s over the last century, however, it is clearly a very well-crafted and complex Sauternes that will last many years. 95-97 points. Neal Martin

The tannins and phenolic tension are very impressive to this. Dried-lemon undertones and burning botrytis. Full-to medium-bodied, linear and racy. Beautiful fruit and intensity. Such clarity. Extreme but wonderful style. 98-99 points. James Suckling

Rich, creamy-almond nose, almond paste, ripe pears, apricot more than bitter orange. The first impression showed less immediate botrytis than I expected, it smells so creamy. Fills the mouth with sweetness and a light peppery spice. As it opens up, there's pineapple and bitter orange flavours emerge. Viscous texture and such concentration that it fills your mouth even after spitting. Unctuous but balanced by the bitter-orange freshness on the long finish. 18.5 points. Jancis Robinson

... the nose is very exotic and creamy. The palate is extremely buoyant with huge sweetness and generosity and the acidity is fighting the fruit from the outset. The freshness comes from the bitterness and zestiness in the flavour as opposed to the acidity which brings balance. Very luxurious, juicy and opulent, only 45% of the total crop (80000 bottles) made the Grand Vin. The fruit and the length are so exuberant and intense and the finish is insanely long. I rather like this wine! 19+ points. Matthew Jukes


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