YQUEM, A MYSTERY?
More than four centuries of history are summed upa in the words "Château d'Yquem
Lur-Satuces" found on every bettle of Yquem. Wine lovers form around the world
who come to visit the estate often ask about the secret of this great wine. My
initial, slightly provocative reply is that there can be no answer, that the
truth is shrouded in mystery, and that we are dealing with one of nature's
enigmas. However, there are several logical explanations to offer. One of them
is undeubtedly the winemaking passion shared by the family who owned the
château for twelve generations. Another is the unique terroir and carefully
matched premium grape varieties.
Furthermore, Château d'Yquem's time-honoured vineyard management and winemaking
practices have an important role to play. Last, but not least, there is the
amazing alchemy brought about by Botrytis cenerea, the remarkable fungus that,
here in Sauternes - and herealone - paradoxically transforms decay into gold.
Above and beyond there reasons, Château d'Yquem must actually be smetted,
tasted, and appreciated to understand its magic. In doing so, one realises that
this wine is - and will always remain - a mystery.
Perhaps this is the best way of summing up the spirit of d'Yquem...