The infinite care and attention lavished on Château d’Yquem’s outstanding terroir, consolidated over the centuries by the Lur Saluces family, earned the estate the unique rank of Premier Cru Supérieur in the 1855 Classification. Producing wine at the top classified growth in Sauternes is a challenging proposition. Yquem is highly commendable in that it takes great pains every step of the way – from the vineyard to the cellar. As an illustration of this unrelenting attention to detail is the meticulous way the grapes are harvested – in several waves – when only individual grapes, as opposed to whole bunches, affected by Botrytis cinerea are chosen. This microscopic fungus works a marvellous alchemy, adding special aromas and flavours that utterly transform the wine.
Château d’Yquem is owned by the luxury group LVMH and headed by Pierre Lurton who also runs Château Cheval-Blanc.
Website : www.yquem.fr