A Few Good Chateau D’Yquem Factoids


Did you know that Chateau D’Yquem is considered a Premier Cru Supérieur or a “Great First Growth.” This means that it is grander than any of the other first growth vineyards which include Latour, Lafite Rothschild, Margaux Haut-Brion and Mouton Rothschild.
Wondering what the reason is? In the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855, Château d’Yquem was the only Sauternes wine given this rating as historically it cost 50% more than other Sauternes wines. In contrast, the first growth Medoc and Graves wines cost only 10$ more than the wines classified as second growth in those locations.
Château d’Yquem is also purportedly the only house which ensures that the wines are made from individually picked grapes, ostensibly to ensure that quality is the finest possible. This means that each vine, on average, can only produce a single glass of wine.


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