2018 Chateau d'Yquem Y (Ygrec)

Proprietary Blend - 1.5L
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WS 95 JA 94 JL 94
WS 95

Wine Spectator, March 2020

This has a fresh, floral aroma, with honeysuckle and elderflower notes leading the way, followed by a rather creamy, refined palate of kiwifruit, makrut lime and verbena flavors. As the finish glides through, this offers...
JA 94

janeanson.com, July 2021

White pear, honeysuckle, elderflower, quince, rich lemon, with a bitter edge of orange peel. This is starting to deepen at three years old, and show a richer texture than when I last tasted it in November 2020. It's...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2021

Waxy lemons, grapefruit, lemon curd, green apple and honeysuckle all make an appearance in this fresh, mineral driven, yellow citrus and tropical orange focused wine. 94 Points Read more...


Color & Type White
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Bordeaux Superieur
Vintage 2018
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Sauternes is the best and most sought-after region for dessert wine in Bordeaux, perhaps in all of France. Chateau d’Yquem is the most celebrated of all Sauternes producers.

The history of d’Yquem can be traced back to 1593, when local nobleman Jacques Sauvage became the feudal overseer of the property. The area was already home to late-harvest wines even then, and the Sauvage family moved things forward, creating “modern” vineyards—and the famous chateau—on the unique hill that contributes to d’Yquem’s outstanding quality. In 1711, the Sauvage family became full owners of the property and managed to retain it through the French Revolution.

The quality and reputation of Chateau d’Yquem wine improved as the vineyard was methodically expanded and enhanced. By the late 18th century, it was celebrated internationally and counted Thomas Jefferson among its staunch supporters. But the house continued to innovate and better its practices. The constructed a large, purpose-built cellar for maturation and aging in 1826 and, not long after, began harvesting in multiple passes to optimize fruit quality. This work was rewarded when Chateau d’Yquem was designated the only 1er Cru Superieur dessert wine in the famous 1855 classification of Bordeaux wines.

Introducing the exquisite 2018 Chateau d'Yquem Y (Ygrec), a captivating white wine hailing from the prestigious Bordeaux region of France. This remarkable wine is a proprietary blend, carefully crafted to showcase the essence of the terroir and the winemaking expertise of Chateau d'Yquem.

In the glass, the wine displays a radiant golden hue, hinting at the richness and complexity to come. Its appearance is further enhanced by the elegant label, which exudes a sense of sophistication and refinement.

Upon swirling the wine, a fresh and floral aroma emanates from the glass. Honeysuckle and elderflower notes take the lead, enticing the senses with their delicate and enticing fragrance. As the wine unfolds on the palate, a creamy and refined texture envelops the taste buds, revealing layers of flavor. Kiwifruit, makrut lime, and verbena dance harmoniously, creating a symphony of taste sensations. The finish glides effortlessly, leaving behind hints of quinine, acacia, and white peach, leaving a lasting impression.

Renowned wine critic, Wine Spectator, awarded this vintage an impressive score of 95 points. They describe the wine as having beautiful range and definition, with serious length. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon are the two grape varietals that contribute to the wine's complexity and character. The Wine Spectator suggests enjoying this wine now, as it will continue to evolve and delight until 2026.

Jane Anson, another esteemed wine critic, awarded the 2018 Chateau d'Yquem Y (Ygrec) a score of 94 points. Anson notes that this wine is unquestionably one of the great whites of Bordeaux. With its aromatic profile of white pear, honeysuckle, elderflower, quince, and rich lemon, this wine showcases a richer texture than previous vintages. The low yields in 2018 resulted in a limited production, making this wine even more sought-after.

Jeff Leve, a prominent wine critic from TheWineCellarInsider.com, also recognized the excellence of this wine, awarding it 94 points. Leve describes the wine as fresh, mineral-driven, and focused on yellow citrus and tropical orange flavors. Waxy lemons, grapefruit, lemon curd, green apple, and honeysuckle all contribute to the wine's vibrant and vibrant character.

In conclusion, the 2018 Chateau d'Yquem Y (Ygrec) is a white wine that surpasses expectations and exemplifies the finest qualities of Bordeaux. With its impeccable balance, enticing aromatics, and remarkable depth of flavor, this wine is a true masterpiece. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for further development, it promises to deliver an unforgettable tasting experience.