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Chateau d' Yquem 1965 Grand Cru Sauternes

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Chateau d'Yquem
Condition
excellent, base neck
Voorraad
1

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€ 645,00
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Chateau d' Yquem 1965

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One bottle of one of 1965 Chateau d'Yquem,  of the best sweet white wine in the world.

Tasting notes

"Amber brown in colour, this was amazing stuff. From an unheralded vintage, yet it threatened to unseat some of the very starry wines on the night to take the gong as the group's overall favourite. It had a beautiful nose, pure d'Yquem, with a familiar ring of coconut milk and creme caramel dancing out of the glass alongside mature notes of kumquats and dried lemons, sweet apple and figs, with a little streak of metal and mineral running through the sweeter tones. Wonderful aromas, with an incredible complexity to them. If anything, the palate was even better. It still held qutie a solid amount of sweetness for such an old vintage, with deep flavours of burnt caramel, Gula Melaka (brown palm sugar) and more sweet and savoury coconut milk tones forming a base for fresher notes of apples, lemon and limes. There were also entrancing little top-notes of Oolong tea and ferrous minerality prancing around the midpalate. There was such depth and compelxity here. With time, more and more layers of flavour seemed to emerge from the core of the wine, with golden honey tones and dried apricots, moscovado sugar and a hint of coffee pulling away into a long finish which was at once perfectly balanced and wonderfully integrated. A ridiculously delicious wine. It has a long life ahead of it yet, but boy was it good on the night.." 95 points CellarTracker

Chateau d'Yquem: Vineyards

The estate is located in the eastern half of the Sauternes appellation, within the commune of Sauternes itself. The Ciron, the little tributary of the Garonne which is so important in the story of Sauternes, lies a couple of kilometres to the west. Between Yquem and the Ciron sits Château Rayne-Vigneau, also sitting proud on a gravelly high point within the appellation which is not really any less impressive than that on which sits Yquem. Also to the west is Château Lafaurie Peyraguey and Clos Haut-Peyraguey, to the north is Château Suduiraut, to the south Château Guiraud and to the east Château Rieussec. The vineyards lie on the slopes around the handsome château, running across three extensive gravel croupes, the altitude across the vineyard ranging from 30 to 75 metres above sea level. The steepest slope is that directly in front of the château, facing north towards the Garonne and Sainte Croix du Mont. The soils underfoot are gravelly, being rich in pale white, cream and yellow-hued pebbles. Beneath this gravelly top layer, however, there is calcareous clay, and at a depth of 6 metres a rich seam of blue clay extends across the whole domaine. Despite the site's very gravelly terroir the natural drainage of the vineyard is less than adequate, this is due to the presence of several fresh-water springs in the vineyard, as well as the presence of clay of course. As a consequence the domaine possesses a complex drainage system extending for over 100 kilometres, one which has its origins in the 19th century having been installed by Romain-Bertrand de Lur-Saluces, although it has of course been augmented in more recent years.

Château d'Yquem Ancient drains are not the only vineyard feature of note here though; the estate is also equipped with its own weather stations, which have been in situ since 1896, providing the Yquem team with a rarely paralleled dataset on weather and vintage characteristics stretching back more than 100 years. Data on picking of course stretch back even further; for example, the records held at Château d'Yquem show that the earliest harvest ever was 1893, when the pickers went out into the vineyard on August 28th. The entire estate amounts to 189 hectares, although not all is dedicated to the vine; there are 110 hectares of vineyard at present, of which 102 hectares are currently producing fruit which is utilised for the dry and sweet wines of Château d'Yquem, whereas the other 8 hectares are planted with vines currently considered too young for their fruit to be included. This reflects the system of ongoing planting at Yquem; each year 2 or 3 hectares are grubbed up and, after a year during which the soil is left fallow, these are replanted, the new vine stock sourced from the estate's own vineyard by massal selection. This means the vineyard overall has an average age of 30 years, but will of course include some vines much older than that. The vines are pruned in the traditional manner for the appellation, taille à côts, with each vine typically yielding four canes, bearing two bunches each. The varietal mix in the vineyard is 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, with none of the permitted Muscadelle. The work in the vineyard is also traditional, the soils ploughed to reduce weeds and remove surface roots, the labour throughout the growing season otherwise carried out by hand. There are 39 permanent vineyards workers at Yquem, each one responsible for their own section of vineyard, and each maintains this responsibility year after year

Producent Chateau d'Yquem
Jaar 1965
Appellation Sauternes
Climat -
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie excellent, base neck
Waardering 99