Château d’Yquem was acquired by Jacques de Sauvage in the late 16th century from the French monarchy and remained in the same family by marriage for nearly 200 years. In 1968 Comte Alexandre de Lur-Saluces took over the running of the Château and was responsible for a great deal of modernisation and rebuilding of the cellars. After a bitter family feud, Eugene de Lur-Saluces sold his 47% share of d’Yquem to the luxury goods company Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. Château d’Yquem was Thomas Jefferson’s favourite French white wine; records show he ordered 250 bottles for himself and more for George Washington.
Château d’Yquem is one of the most famous wines in the world, situated on the highest point in the commune of Sauternes with wonderful views over the countryside. Often described as the supreme sweet wine, d’Yquem is unequalled by its fellow Sauternes and has a unique voluptuous and silky feel. The wine when young has a nose of apricots, mandarin and oak. With aging, a variety of complex flavours are produced as soon as the bottle is opened with a sweetness that is perfectly balanced by its acidity.
In 2006, a single lot of Château d’Yquem containing every vintage produced from 1860 until 2003 was sold for US$1.5 million, one of the highest price wine lots ever purchased. In late 2010 China lifted its importation ban on Sauternes and sweet wines (imposed due to sulphur levels being above 250mg/l) and since then its popularity has soared. In 2010 the ‘Liquid Gold Collection’ of 128 bottles and 40 magnums of Château d’Yquem sold at Christies, Hong Kong for US$ 1,032,336, a record for a single lot in Asia. This iconic wine made to exacting standards will continue to increase in demand and is set to move from Europe’s favourite to the world’s favourite wine.
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