Interestingly, this significant (and historical) estate is owned and run by the French Ministry of Agriculture, after its original owner bequeathed the property to be used for winemaking education.
"Yquem’s greatness and uniqueness are certainly a result of a number of factors.
"First, it has a perfect location that is said to have its own microclimate. Second, the Lur Saluces family installed an elaborate drainage system with over 60 miles of pipes. Third, there is a fanatical obsession at Yquem to produce only the finest wines regardless of financial loss or trouble.