Address: Château d'Yquem 33210 Sauternes France
Telephone: +33 (0)5 57 98 07 07
Visits: By appointment only
Details: Sauternes, 1er Cru Supérieur, 100ha, variable soil, much clay
Vineyards: Sémillon 80%, Sauvignon Blanc 20%
During the reign of Louis XIV, the de Sauvage family (they had been long-term tenants, and built the existing château) became owners of Yquem. In 1785 Françoise Josephine de Sauvage d’Yquem married Count Louis Amédée de Lur Saluces – soon to be victim of a fatal horse-riding accident which set his widow on a long and remarkably successful period of management. Yquem prospered greatly and remained in Lur Saluces hands until 1999 when LVMH acquired a major holding – appointing present manager Pierre Lurton in 2004. D’Yquem is and always has been a sublime wine, fully deserving its ranking above all other Sauternes châteaux.
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