Ch d'Yquem 1983 Sauterne


Château d'Yquem is a property in the Sauternes district of Bordeaux, making what is arguably the world's most famous dessert wine  The Yquem estate, owned by the King of England in the Middle Ages, has produced late-harvest wine since at least the late 1500s. The 113-hectare (290-acre) vineyard is situated on the highest hill in Sauternes. The soils here are perfect for the production of sweet wine – a warm, dry topsoil of pebbles and course gravel lies over a clay subsoil that retains generous water reserves, aiding with the development of noble rot.  There are around 60 miles (100km) of drains to prevent waterlogging.  The estate was under the ownership of the Lur-Saluces family from 1785 until 1999.  This author visited the Chateau in 1971 and had the pleasure of meeting Count Lur Saluces in 1980 in San Francisco. It was sold to LVMH in 1999.  This bottle has an excellent fill as well as a very sound cork. Average price $642. Drinking window 2000-2050.


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