Château d’Yquem is a Premier Cru Supérieur wine from the Sauternes, in Gironde region 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”.
Since 1959 (though not every year), Château d’Yquem has also produced a dry white wine called Ygrec, made from an equal blend of sémillon and sauvignon blanc.
On average, 65,000 bottles are produced each year. In a poor vintage, the entire crop is deemed unworthy of bearing the château’s name and sold anonymously; this happened in 1910, 1915, 1930, 1951, 1952, 1964, 1972, 1974, 1992 and 2012.