2020 Chateau d'Yquem Y (Ygrec)

Proprietary Blend - 1.5L
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JS 95
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, June 2022

A minerally and solid Ygrec with sliced pear, dried lemon and some green melon. Full and layered with a lemon-sherbet aftertaste. Soft and bright. Bitter lemon at the finish. Layered. Lively. Classy. 75% sauvignon blanc...


Color & Type White
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Bordeaux Superieur
Vintage 2020
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.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the exquisite 2020 Chateau d'Yquem Y (Ygrec). Hailing from the prestigious Bordeaux region in France, this white wine is truly a masterpiece crafted by the renowned Chateau d'Yquem.

As you feast your eyes upon the wine, you'll be captivated by its radiant golden hue, shimmering in the glass like liquid sunshine. The aromas that waft from the glass are nothing short of captivating. A symphony of sliced pear, dried lemon, and green melon dances on the nose, creating a sensory experience that is both invigorating and alluring.

On the palate, this Ygrec reveals its true prowess. Full-bodied and layered, it coats the tongue with a velvety texture that is simply divine. The flavors of lemon sherbet take center stage, adding a touch of zesty freshness to the wine. But it doesn't stop there. As you savor each sip, a delightful bitterness of lemon emerges, leaving a lasting impression on the palate.

This wine is a true testament to the artistry of blending. Composed of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon, the Ygrec showcases the harmonious marriage of these two varietals. The Sauvignon Blanc brings forth its signature minerality, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication, while the Semillon lends its luscious texture and depth.

Acclaimed wine critic James Suckling bestowed a remarkable score of 95 points upon this gem. In his tasting note, he describes it as "layered, lively, and classy." He also suggests that it can be enjoyed now or cellared for future pleasure, highlighting its potential for aging.

In conclusion, the 2020 Chateau d'Yquem Y (Ygrec) is a white wine that demands attention. Its complexity, finesse, and sheer beauty make it a true standout in the world of Bordeaux whites. Whether you choose to indulge in it now or let it evolve over time, this wine is sure to leave a lasting impression on your palate. Cheers to the art of winemaking and the pleasures it brings!