Yquem 2016 has been released at €250 per bottle ex-negociant, equal to the 2015 and 2014 releases. It is being offered by the international trade at £3,168 per 12×75, an increase of 6% on the 2015 release price (£2,990) in sterling terms.
When writing for The Wine Advocate last year, Neal Martin awarded the wine a barrel range of 95-97. He commented that it is “an excellent Yquem”, missing “the labyrinthine complexity that can mark a top-tier Yquem even at this premature stage”. Antonio Galloni (Vinous), Jancis Robinson and James Suckling have also reviewed the vintage. Galloni (94-97) described it as “a magical wine” and Robinson (18.5) as “the cream of the 2016 Sauternes crop”. Suckling (98-99) added that it is “sexy and moreish”, a “wine that makes you want to drink the whole bottle”.
The 2016 is being offered at a price point above all other vintages apart from the 2009, which was scored higher. Buyers might alternatively look to the 2015, which was rated a perfect 100 points by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Wine Advocate), and is currently available at a 15.5% discount to today’s release.
Y de Yquem 2017, the dry white from Yquem, has also been released today at €98 per bottle ex-negociant, the same price as last year’s release (€98). It is being offered by the international trade at £1,236 per 12×75. The vintage has not been scored by any major critics yet.