"A sensational Yquem, 1997 may be this estate's finest effort since 1990 (although I would not discount the 1996 turning out to be nearly as good). The 1997's light gold color is accompanied a gorgeous perfume of caramel, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and smoky wood. Full-bodied and unctuously-textured, with good underlying acidity as well as loads of sweetness and glycerin, it looks to be a great vintage for this renowned Sauternes estate. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2055."
96 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April 2003)
"Extremely concentrated, yet subtle. Aromas of honey and spices, with an intense botrytis nose. Full-bodied, thick and fruity, with orange peel and lemon rind character. Medium sweetness. Balanced, yet thick and backward. Reminds me of the harmonious 1990--certainly the best since then. Best after 2008."
95 points, James Suckling, Wine Spectator - October 15, 2002
The History of Sauternes is actually the history of Yquem. For generations, this Chateau has represented the very summit of Sauternes. In the 1855 classification its wine was ranked above all others and awarded the title Premier Cru Superieur, a status still justified today.
The chateau stands proudly atop the highest point in the Sauternes region.
In 1593, the Sauvage family acquired Chateau d’Yquem, which came into the Lur Saluces family when Francoise Josephine de Sauvage married Count Louis Amedee de Lur Saluces in 1785.
Count Alexandre de Lur Saluces perpetuated his family’s tradition as manager of Chateau d’Yquem for more than 35 years. His efforts were guided by a single philosophy: an uncompromising approach to the highest quality, vintage after vintage. Thanks to his determination, this great wine’s reputation reached new heights.
Pierre Lurton, a passionate winemaker, member of a famous Bordeaux wine family took over the management of the estate in 2004.
He is also in charge of Chateau Cheval Blanc in Saint-Emilion and Cheval des Andes in Argentina.
Château d'Yquem is undoubtedly a unique wine, unchallenged in terms of purity, complexity, longevity and subtlety
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