Château d'Yquem can only be understood within the framework of time. Life seems to pass very slowly at Yquem, reflecting
the château's history and traditions handed down from generation to generation over more than four centuries.
Time helps keep track of the meticulous work in the vineyard and gives rhythm to long, late harvests. It seems endless
during the wine's fermentation and barrel ageing stages, and takes on an air of mystery in the half-light of the cellars as
the wine is slowly transformed...
At every moment in its life, Yquem is above all an affair of time and, therefore, patience.
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 increasingly subtle aromas and flavours.
Its colour changes 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 translucent mahogany.
Certain connoisseurs consider it outrageous to drink a young Yquem and believe thant opening such a monumental wine before
its thirtieth birthday is tantamount to a sacrilege. Others, on the contrary, believe that Yquem can be enjoyed at all
stages in its life.
Whatever the case, Château d'Yquem definitely develops a great deal in bottle, going through a series of cycles during
which it is either open or closed.