The estate which would become Chateau d'Yquem was formerly owned by the King of England before the whole Bordeaux region was annexed by the French crown at the close of the Hundred Years War. Tenure of the estate was given to the Sauvage family in 1593, who would build the Chateau and eventually become full owners in 1711.
The wines produced were already being given appreciative reviews by connoisseurs, and the estate was labeled as the only Superior First Growth among Bordeaux white wines in 1855. What followed was a period of great prosperity with Chateau d'Yquem carrying immense value and being enjoyed worldwide, including Meiji Japan.
The phylloxera crisis and the First World War started a decline of both trade and quality in the wine. An excellent 1975 vintage would be the catalyst to return Chateau d'Yquem to the track it had left over half a century before, giving freedom to invest in modern technology, increasing production and quality over each successive year.
The 113 hectares represented by Chateau d'Yquem are planted to 75% Semillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc.
The 1985 Yquem is a very powerful, rich, exceptionally concentrated wine. Yet because of the lack of botrytis in the vineyards during this hot, dry vintage, the wine does not have the complexity so frequently encountered. Nevertheless, this massive, unctuous, light golden-colored Yquem makes quite a mouthful of wine given the honeyed flavors. It is hard to know when a wine such as this will be fully mature, but I have no hesitation saying that the wine will certainly last for 25-30 or more years. But I do not see it ever being among the great Yquems.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.