Château d'Yquem 2003 (12 x 375mL half bottle), Sauternes, Bordeaux, France.

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1er Cru Classé Supérieur Sauternes

This unusual vintage will no doubt remain a benchmark for many years to come. An extraordinary summer, "total" Botrytis and the sacrifice of part of the estate made it possible to harvest grapes with optimum fruit and concentration thanks to unusually clean botrytization.

FRA - Bordeaux

Expert Reviews

Ex-chateau bottle tasted at the property. The 2003 Yquem was picked from 17th September after an explosion of botrytis until 26th September in one trie. It has a textbook, limpid silvery/golden hue. The nose is very seductive with lifted scents of dried honey, almond, hazelnut and just a faint hint of creme caramel all with fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a refined opening. That trait of creme caramel is there loitering like a truant schoolboy in the background, but then it moves into the mid-palate and really shows its class: wonderful delineation and poise, perfect acidity and an almost pixilated finish. There is just a touch of alcohol on the aftertaste although you have to have a very sensitive palate to feel it. This is a lovely Yquem, though I would not place it within the first tier. Drink now-2030+ Tasted April 2013. Rating 94 - Drink 2013 - 2030 - Neal Martin, (JUN/2013)

Winery Tasting Notes


The colour is already a very pale yellow.


The nose has intense fresh fruit aromas (pineapple, passionfruit, and mango) accompanied by very attractive floral nuances (rose and acacia blossoms) as well as a touch of vanilla.


This wine has a great deal of personality on the palate as well as beautiful volume substance, and a perfect balance between alcohol, sugar and acidity.

The overall equilibrium is extremely elegant and lively. The complexity, smoothness, and length this wine will acquire during barrel ageing are sure to make this an altogether impressive Yquem.

FRA - Bordeaux
Grape Style
Dessert Wines
Closure Type
Cork closure

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Château d'Yquem, A Mystery?

"More than four centuries of history are summed up in the words "Château d'Yquem Lur-Saluces" found on every bottle of Yquem. Wine lovers from around the world who come to visit the estate often ask about the secret of this great wine. My initial, slightly provocative reply is that there can be no answer, that the truth is shrouded in mystery, and that we are dealing with one of nature's enigmas. However, there are several logical explanations to offer. One of them is undoubtedly the winemaking passion shares by the family who owned the Château for twelve generations. Another is the unique terroir and carefully matched premium grape varieties.

Furthermore, Château d'Yquem's time-honoured vineyard management and winemaking practices have and important role to play. Last, but not least, there is the amazing alchemy brought about by Botrytis Cinerea the remarkable fungus that, here in Sauterned - and here alone - paradoxically transforms decay into gold. Above and beyond these reasons, Château d'Yquem must actually be smelled, tasted, and appreciated to understand its magic. In doing so, one realises that this wine is - and will always remain - a mystery.

Perhaps this is the best way of summing up the spirit of d'Yquem..." Count Alexandre de Lur Saluces (November 2002)

The Unique Terroir and Vineyard

Great wines are not born just anywhere, by accident. A unique set of climatic and geological conditions combine to form a rare equilibrium. This is undoubtedly the case at Yquem, which epitomises all that is best about the singular winegrowing environment in Sauternes.

Château d'Yquem's topsoil is warm and dry, accumulating heat thanks to smooth flat pebbles and coarse gravel. The clay subsoil contains good water reserves and there are numerous springs on the estate. Drainage pipes were installed some time ago to prevent water-logging (100km of drains since the 19th century). Yquem's large size made it possible to plant 113 hectares of vines on a very representative sampling of the rich tapestry of the Sauterne region's soil types.

This extraordinary variety of soils is a key factor in the quality and complexity of Château d'Yquem.

Château d'Yquem has 113 hectares of vines, of which only one hundred produce grapes in a given vintage. There are just two grape varieties: Semillon (80%), which produces a rich sappy wine with body and structure, and Sauvignon Blanc (20%), an early-ripening but less reliable producer, which contributes aromas and finesse.

The vines are tended with the greatest of care. Workers perpetuate a tradition of painstaking work under the watchful eye of the vineyard manager.

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