Yquem 2017 released

Yquem 2017 has been released at €275 per bottle ex-negociant, up 10% on the 2016 (€250). It is being offered by the trade for £3,528 per 12×75, an 11% increase on the 2016’s opening price per case (£3,168).

Critical reception for the 2017 Yquem has been mixed. Antonio Galloni (Vinous) scored the wine 94-97 points and said he “expect[s] the 2017 is going to need many years to be at its best, but is also likely to remain exuberant and a bit unruly”. He added: “I don’t see the quiet sophistication of the 2015, or the energy of the 2013 nor the total sense of harmony of the 2001.”

Neal Martin (Vinous) awarded a similar 95-97 points. In his tasting note, he said that “this might not be up there with the top tier of Yquem’s over the last century, however, it is clearly a very well-crafted and complex Sauternes that will last many years.”

Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate), on the other hand, scored the wine 97-99 points and said that it “finishes with epic length and great depth”.

James Suckling agreed. He scored the wine 98-99 points and said it had “beautiful fruit and intensity” and was an “extreme but wonderful style”.

Prices for Yquem are 71% correlated to Wine Advocate scores. Based on today’s release price of £3,528, the wine is coming to market above the line implied by our ‘Fair Value’ methodology when using all four critic’s scores.

Buyers looking for value may want to consider the 2007. The wine was scored 98+ points by Lisa Perrotti-Brown and 98 by Neal Martin (when reviewing for the Wine Advocate) and is available at a 37% discount to today’s release.

(The Chateau also released a new tranche of the 2007 vintage today at €300 per bottle ex-negociant, down 23% on its original release price of €390. It is coming with a recommended retail price of £3,840 per 12×75, which although down on its original ex-London opening price, is a 74% premium on stock currently available in the market).

Y d’Yquem 2018, the dry white from Yquem, has also been released today at €104 per bottle ex-negociant, up 6% on the 2017 (€98). It is being offered by the international trade at £1,116 per 12×75.