The Bordeaux blend has been copied with considerable success in many other wine regions, the ultimate compliment. The Left Bank of the Gironde River boasts the great Chateaux of the Medoc and Graves, whilst on the Right Bank, Saint Emilion (arguably the most beautiful commune) and Pomerol. Bordeaux is synonymous with the finest quality, predominantly in red wines though great dry whites are made in the Pessac Leognan, and most wine lovers will strive to taste the sweet white wines of Chateau Yquem and its neighbouring Chateau in Sauternes and Barsac.
The original name was Ch d’Allard, the name of the family who owned the property from 1580 until the end of the century. In the 1660s, Blaise de Suduiraut gave the estate his name. He also used the King’s gardener Le Notre for the grounds (they keep the same shape nowadays)
The vineyards are located at the foot of Yquem hill. 25% of the production is made as...