Château d'Yquem

1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes

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1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
1945 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
As the old saying goes: there are perfect bottles but not perfect wines. True. But there is absolutely no question that this was a perfect bottle of Sauternes.
Wine Advocate Robert Parker: 100/100
Jancis Robinson 19.5 / 20

Tasting Notes

Colour

Do not let its tawny port appearance put you off. The bouquet is so ridiculously delineated and pure that it will make any other Sauternes within its ambit look ordinary.

Nose

The aromas race from the glass: Seville orange marmalade, quince, wilted rose petals and an old antique bureau.

Palate

"The palate is perfection. The balance is extraordinary, the acidity effortlessly slicing through the candied orange peel and quince notes, a subtle saline tang delivered on the shimmering, crystalline finish. Returning to the bottle two hours later it has lost absolutely none of its energy. I might one day drink a Sauternes equal to the 1945 Yquem, but I will never drink a Sauternes that is better." Robert Parkers tasting notes of March 2014. 

The Vintage

The 1945 Chateau d'Yquem got off to an inauspicious start when a rare frost (-2 degrees) on May 2 miraculously only affected two or three leaves at the top of the vine and left the nascent buds unscathed. Chateau records detail that the 1945 was picked during six pickings that spanned six weeks from Monday to Saturday. It would seem that observance of the Sabbath led to God's blessing upon the resulting wines. Harvest commenced on September 9 (after 41mm of rainfall on August 29 provoked widespread botrytis) and finished on October 20. The 1945 Yquem is loaded with 164 grams per liter residual sugar with 4.41 grams per liter total acidity, but statistics are a moot point.

Please Note

A collector's item! We believe this wine to be wonderful - however, as with all aged wines, it comes with a 'Buyers be aware' clause, and some labels may not be perfect. If you have any queries, please just drop us an email or give us a call!

Specifications

Year 1945
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar Sauvignon Blanc & Semillion grapes
Country France
Alcohol content
12.7% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.5 units
Type Dessert Wine / Sweet White
Cellaring Potential

Drink now-2040+

As with all great wines, Yquem is transfigured over time, developing a host of deliciously subtle aromas and flavours. Its colour changes over the years from the brightness of dawn to the darkness of dusk, and from shimmering straw yellow to golden-brown with amber and caramel highlights, and then to mahogany.

Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Origin Bordeaux
Appellation Sauternes