Extremely rare and unopened case of 12 half bottles (375ml) of the prestigious Chateau d’Yquem, best Sauternes producers from the Graves area in the Bourdeaux region. The case still has inatct winery seals.
Each half bottle is a blend of at least three vintages and there are two half bottles of each kind, for a total of 12. Below are the details:
Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle grapes used for Sauternes wine remain on the vine after the harvest. The special climatic conditions of Sauternes encourage botrytis. This means that the grapes desiccate, concentrating their sugar content. It takes many vineyard visits to gather these tiny, shriveled berries at the point of perfection. After vinification, the wine matures in barrels with varying amounts of new French oak.
Château d'Yquem is a Premier Cru Supérieur wine from the Sauternes, Gironde region in the southern part of the Bordeaux vineyards known as Graves. In the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855, Château d'Yquem was the only Sauternes given this rating, indicating its perceived superiority and higher prices over all other wines of its type. Yquem's success stems largely from the site's susceptibility to attack by "noble rot" (a particular kind of infestation by Botrytis cinerea).
Wines from Château d'Yquem are characterised by their complexity, concentration and sweetness, which is balanced by relatively high acidity. With proper care, a bottle will keep for a century or more, and the fruity overtones will gradually fade and integrate with more complex secondary and tertiary flavours.