Chateau d' Yquem 1947

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Chateau d'Yquem
excellent, base neck

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€ 2.379,00

Chateau d' Yquem 1947

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One bottle of one of the most mythical vintages of the 20th century of the best sweet white wine in the world, Chateau d' Yquem. The bottles have been stored in excellent conditions and are recently removed from a Belgium cellar were they had been cellared for over 50 years. After removal the bottles have been recorked at the chateau in 2014


Tasting notes

"Legendary Château D'Yquem Tasting * 1893 - 1983 * (Old Swiss House, Lucerne, Switzerland): If I have to rate the top three d'Yquems of this outstaning tasting. The 1947 d'Yqeum would have taken 2nd place. This was an absolutely perfect bottle out of a cold celler where it rested undisturbed for many decades. The color was a clear light amber. Nose of Quenches, apricot and raisins. There was some richness to the wine but then after a few seconds it turned so elegant. Amazing! Flavors of malt, creme brulee and honey. All so well balanced" 99 points CellarTracker 2013

"Wonderful deep tawny. Deep caramel colour. Dried fruit notes on the nose, with a suggestion of candied nuts. Lovely dried-fruit finish. Currants and very, very fresh and lively. Very, very fresh. (So fresh I wrote it twice.) Creamy. Deep flavoured and quite amazingly long." 19/20 Jancis Robinson, 2005

"First tasted in 1954:::: 'incomparable, luscious', and 14 times since. Never a poor bottle. Perfect, glowing amber-gold with apple-green rim; bouquet -well, the usual thing only more so, yet totally harmonious; still remarkably sweet, mouthfilling with a singed hot-vintage character." 5/5 Michael Broadbent 1998

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 1947
Appellation Sauternes
Climat -
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie excellent, base neck
Waardering 99