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    now to 2030
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    Traditional Apple Pie

The Story

The pleasure derived from tasting Yquem is difficult to describe.

It offers a myriad of well-balanced, complex flavours that generate even more harmonies over time. The impression that remains is reminiscent of a quote from Frédéric Dard "the silence that follows a piece by Mozart, in which the listener remains suffused with the music". This reflects the fact that Château d'Yquem stays on the palate for a remarkable long time, providing a unique, prolonged pleasure. There is a lovely expression in French to describe Yquem's tremendously long aftertaste: il fait la queue du paon, which means that it spreads out like a peacock's tail.


It is always difficult to describe wine-tasting experiences with any precision. The senses of sight, smell, taste and touch are all stimulated virtually at the same time. While gifted tasters can identify some of the aromas and flavours in a glass of Yquem in an effort to define its complexity, they never really succeed in communicating its essence or explaining its mystery. Mere analysis, whether chemical or organoleptic, is not sufficient to account for Yquem's greatness. Yquem tells a unique story... It starts with the bouquet. Although not always very outgoing in young vintages, it is marked by fruit (apricot, mandarin, and occasionally tropical fruit) and oak (vanilla and toasty aromas). Older vintages, on the other hand, have an extraordinarily complex fragrance as soon as the bottle is opened, with hints of dried fruit (dried apricot, prune, stewed fruit, and marmalade), spice (cinnamon, saffron, and liquorice), and even flowers (lime blossom, etc.). The first impression of Château d'Yquem on the palate is always very silky, and often sumptuous. It then fills out, "coating the palate". This fine wine has a strong, but never overbearing character, with great elegance and poise. It always maintains a balance between sugar and acidity (sweetness and freshness). A touch of bitterness can also contribute to the overall harmony. Château d'Yquem's aftertaste is legendary, and it tells another story, which lasts and lasts…

Certain connoisseurs consider it outrageous to drink a young Yquem and believe that opening such a monumental wine before its thirtieth birthday is tantamount to a sacrilege. Others, on the contrary, think that Yquem can be enjoyed at all stages in its life.

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Vintage 1975

The cool weather in spring caused a certain amount of coulure. Summer was sunny and with just enough rain in August to avoid water stress. The harvest went forth full steam ahead in three passes to avoid over-concentration and finished on the 17th of November. There were not a great many grapes, but they were very juicy. 1975 is a benchmark vintage for the 70s. It is very balanced, with great purity and underlying power.

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Average Bottle Price

2017 2016 2015 2014 2012 2010 2005 2000
587€ -12.8% 673€ +11.1% 606€ +4.1% 582€ +10.0% 529€ -13.4% 611€ +11.3% 549€ +71.6% 320€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

26 tasting notes

Tasting note


Medium, Gold and Bright


Long, Flavorful and Pure


Vanilla, Honey, Waxy, Licorice, Perfumed and Tropical fruits


Intense, Complex, Fresh and Seductive




Complex, Concentrated, Well-structured, Full-bodied, Harmonious, Rich, Elegant and Sweet


Intelligent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

The legend delivered on cue, as the 1975 d’Yquem was extraordinary, as always. It was deep, showing more youth than maturity, but wisdom in regard to the latter. The aroma roll call was honey, caramel, nut, brulee, toast and more nut. Its palate was rich and lush with great acidity. This was still a baby, one with adult teeth that could bite into its long finish. I had a flash of 1988, but it really should have been the other way around (99).
  • 99p

Apricots, oranges and coconut swirl together on the enticing palate. Quite young still, it is a vivacious pleasure for current drinking. Some orange marmalade as it opens, some caramel notes, then some tart fruit towards the mid palate, some almonds next, medium well balanced acidity. The vibrant honeyed fruit affirms itself, and there is such wonderful balance here, and just the opening chords of what will be a far richer orchestration going forward. The power and grace on the finish, still shy of some the complexity in store, are still riveting, as pineapples, honeyed peaches and almonds commune in ravishing harmony. 95 Points+

  • 95p
Golden. Barely as concentrated and deep as 1976, and it appeared more on the light and refined side. There was strong aroma of citron, honey melon and pear, lot of sweetness and fresh acidity. It turned to be a tremendously fine and classic d'Yquem, which easily can last for at least 20 more years.
  • 97p
Good looking normal size bottle, in a excellent condition and has bottom neck level. Colour is gold, and looking bright and deep. On the nose it is intense, refined, fresh and seductive. The taste is fresh, elegant, fragrant, fat, refined, full-bodied, with perfectly balanced and complex structure. On the palate it is layered and has tropical fruits, honey, white fruits, licorice, perfumed and vanilla flavours. The finish is long, extensive, flavorful and vibrant. This wine is intelligent, sophisticated and outstanding. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years and decant at least 2h before tasting.
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Sauternes, Bordeaux

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Fake factory


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Inside Information

Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition 
Jan 1998
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 99 Drink: 2005 - 2060 $647-$2014
The 1975 may turn out to be the greatest of the modern-day Yquems. When fully mature in another 25-30 years, it may rival the extraordinary 1937 and 1921. This wine continues to evolve at a stubbornly slow pace. It is far more backward than recent vintages such as 1983 and 1986. Nevertheless, it is awesomely concentrated, has perfect balance, and displays the telltale Yquem aromas of vanillin oak, tropical fruit, pineapples, honeyed peaches, and grilled almonds. There is exceptionally crisp acidity that pulls all of the massive extract into precise focus. This is a wine of astonishing power and finesse, with a finish that must be tasted to be believed. It is a monumental effort that may well justify a perfect score in another decade. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2060. Last tasted, 1/91.
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