“Y” d’Yquem 2013
After a mild, very dry winter, the growing season got off to a strong start thanks to abnormally high temperatures in spring. In fact, the months of April and May were the warmest in over a century! As a result, flowering took place 3 weeks ahead of time, in mid-May, auguring well for a very early harvest. Fortunately, summer weather was less exuberant with temperatures just above the seasonal average and without excessive water stress.
These conditions locked in freshness and acidity essential to great white wines despite the fact that the vines had maintained their considerable head start: the grapes were edible as of 7 July! Fine weather returned in August, and a new period of hot weather set in. While there was no heat wave during this time, the weather was nevertheless quite warm, which inevitably led to a very early harvest.
Picking of grapes for 2011 “Y” began on the 17th of August, a record for Yquem. The Sauvignon Blanc harvest continued on the 19th, 22nd, 23rd, and 29th of August and that of Sémillon on the 20th and 30th.
The grapes that produce “Y” are picked exclusively by experienced permanent château employees, who carefully select a maximum of one bunch per vine in the finest plots, and only on days without rain.
“Y” d’Yquem 2013
$425.00 per bottle
Notes and Reviews
Bottled in September 2012, the 2011 vintage of Y is a superb example of the new generation of this wine. It displays intense Sauvignon Blanc aromas and delicate overtones of Sémillon. The former contributes grapefruit, tropical fruit, and basil nuances as well as crispness on the palate whereas the latter adds a round, smooth texture and hints of pear and white peaches.
This wine is incredibly fresh and vibrant with delicious fruity and floral aromas, as well as a beautiful long aftertaste.
|Grape Varieties||Sauvignon blanc, Semillon|
|Age of Vines||30 years old|
|Vinification||One bunch only picked per vine. Fermentation in oak.|
|Elevage||12 months in oak barrels on lees with regular batonnage|
|Soil Type||Clay and limestone|