Château d’Yquem has unveiled the 2019 vintage of its iconic Sauternes wine. The announcement of the new vintage follows the postponement of its release last fall, which the brand followed with a new Lighthouse initiative.
When aged, Château d’Yquem’s famed wines are best drunk after 10 years, with seemingly no upper limit on the liquid’s ability to develop intensity and complexity. However, the estate is now also putting added emphasis on drinking the wine young, with its Lighthouse initiative encouraging consumers to try the wines when they’re newly released to market.
The Lighthouse program focuses on larger formats, such as jeroboams, to enable consumers to taste the new 2019 vintage by the glass, with key partnerships globally including Annabel’s, Portland Restaurant, Berry Bros. & Rudd (London), and various boutique wine bars in Paris.
The Château d’Yquem 2019 vintage is a fragrant and vibrant release with a surprisingly high (45%) proportion of Sauvignon Blanc. “Sauvignon Blanc brings more acidity and freshness, so is helpful for balancing the opulence of the Sémillon,” says Yquem cellar master Sandrine Garbay.
2019 Growing Season
This was a challenging year, warm conditions alongside plenty of rain led to serious mildew pressure. There was good weather from flowering through most of the summer, before heavy rain in late September created the perfect conditions for a “massive infection” of noble rot. The harvest window was brief, with 120 pickers working intensively between October 7 and 14.
The 2019 vintage will be released March 22nd, 2022.
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