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"Y" d'Yquem 2015

$425.00 per bottle

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After a mild, very dry winter, the growing season got off to a strong start thanks to abnormally high temperatures in spring. In fact, the months of April and May were the warmest in over a century! As a result, flowering took place 3 weeks ahead of time, in mid-May, auguring well for a very early harvest.

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After a mild, very dry winter, the growing season got off to a strong start thanks to abnormally high temperatures in spring. In fact, the months of April and May were the warmest in over a century! As a result, flowering took place 3 weeks ahead of time, in mid-May, auguring well for a very early harvest. Fortunately, summer weather was less exuberant with temperatures just above the seasonal average and without excessive water stress.

These conditions locked in freshness and acidity essential to great white wines despite the fact that the vines had maintained their considerable head start: the grapes were edible as of 7 July! Fine weather returned in August, and a new period of hot weather set in. While there was no heat wave during this time, the weather was nevertheless quite warm, which inevitably led to a very early harvest.

Picking of grapes for 2011 "Y" began on the 17th of August, a record for Yquem. The Sauvignon Blanc harvest continued on the 19th, 22nd, 23rd, and 29th of August and that of Sémillon on the 20th and 30th.

The grapes that produce "Y" are picked exclusively by experienced permanent château employees, who carefully select a maximum of one bunch per vine in the finest plots, and only on days without rain.

Neal Martin
Neil Martin
92

It has an intriguing bouquet of melted wax, white flowers, and hints of sea spray, that marine influence becoming quite strong with aeration.

The palate is fresh on the entry with fresh ginger and lemongrass, lively in the mouth with shades of orange rind and sour lemon towards the persistent finish.

I would afford this several years in bottle and I suspect you will end up with a very distinctive dry Bordeaux from the most famous Sauternes estate. Drink date: 2023 - 2040.

Name "Y" d'Yquem
Vintage 2015
Type Blanc Sec / Dry White
Appellation Bordeaux Blanc
Classification None
Grape Varieties Sauvignon Blanc; Semillon
Format 750ml
Average Age of Vines 30 years old
Production 10,000 bottles
Soil Clay and limestone
Winemaking One bunch only picked per vine. Fermentation in oak.
Ageing 12 months in oak barrels on lees with regular batonnage
Website http://www.chateau-yquem.fr/
Food Pairings Fish; Crustaceans; Tuna/Salmon; Cream sauce dish
Occasions Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 5 Years