This wine, together with Petrus is considered the very best money (lots of it) can buy.
My Dad, who was a Wine Merchant (Négociant) for 56 years, has had the chance to taste the very best wines many times in his career. Then one day, about 5 years ago, he came home from a dinner party at our friends Clara and Jean Louis and said they had served the best of them all. It was a Château d’Yquem 1893! Jean Louis has been a wine collector his whole life and his dad and grand-dad before him. His cellar is a masterpiece.
Château d’Yquem, officially founded in late 1593 is a “Sauternes”. Sauternes, located just South of Bordeaux, produces mostly dessert wines. It does so naturally (nothing has to be added to raise the sugar levels). They basically harvest extremely late when the fruit is rotten (noble rot). The sugar concentration then is such that they can transform some of the sugar into alcohol and have enough left to keep the wine tasting very sweet.
Yquem was first owned in the middle ages by the King of England (also Duke of Aquitaine). It then went to the Sauvage family and the Lur Saluces family. It was sold to the LVMH group (Vuitton, Dior…) in the late 90s.
Dessert wines like these are best served chilled with foie gras, Roquefort cheese and dark chocolate dessert. It is also perfect with dishes that include pears, apricots or peaches…
Thomas Jefferson was a big fan of Yquem!