1966 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes

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1966 Château d'Yquem, 1er Grand Cru Classé de Sauternes
“I do not call Yquem a wine because there are an infinite number of “wines” as such, but Yquem is unique. I prefer the word nectar – the drink of the gods – and if I found one that was more noble, I would be less ashamed of our restrictive vocabulary so poorly suited to superlatives.”
Frederic Dard

Tasting Notes

On the nose, there is some orange marmalade, honey and spice character in this wine. Turns quite woody, with lots of caramel.

Michael Broadbent. (Michael Broadbent's Vintage Wine).

"Good notes through the 1980s, a slight but noticeable deepening of colour, lovely classic honeyed, barley-sugar bouquet, quite assertive, somehow managing to be plump as well as lean.More recently overpowering and caramelly after tasting a string of Lafaurie-Peyragueys (1994)".

"Most recently, noting its surprising deep orange amber colour: caramalised barley-sugar bouquet, rich flavour.Perfect with the terrine of foie gras at Hal Lewis' "Mr Gourmet" Investiture dinner". (Peabody Hotel,Memphis,September 1999).****.

Joe Belmaati. (For Winemega.com A vertical tasting of 66 vintages of Chateau D'Yquem...1847-2000 in April 2005,Copenhagen).

"Alarmingly dark brown. Looked like liquid brown sugar in the glass. Initially the wine was firmly closed on the nose, so I let it rest for a minute. Gradually the bouquet opened up on notes of raisins and orange peel. I don't really know what I was expecting from this wine, but I must say I was shocked to learn how concentrated, intense, perfectly alive, and dizzying complex this wine was. With style and grace not really at the forefront, this wine was a powerhouse of intense flavours of raisins and prunes, mixed in the brown sugar. Yet, this wine was not diluted marmalade, it was structured and firm at the skeleton and perfectly mature for drinking with crème brulee. Wonderful". (97 Points).

1966 Climatic Conditions

Weather was mediocre in summer, but improved in autumn. The harvest was very long: 48 days' work out of 55 to bring in a very worthwhile and slightly above average crop in terms of volume. A very rich vintage.

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! 


Year 1966
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 80% Semillon & 20% Sauvignon Blanc
Country France

Alcohol content

12.7% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.5 units
Type Dessert Wine / Sweet White
Cellaring Potential

Château d'Yquem has a very long life span: twenty, fifty, a hundred years, or more… 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