Chateau d’Yquem 2018 has been released at €225 per bottle ex-negotiant, down 18.2% on last year’s release. The wine is being offered by the international trade at £2,880 per 12×75, an 18.4% discount on the 2017 opening price (£3,528).
In an article by the Drinks Business, the estate’s then marketing director Jean-Philippe Lemoine reported a 40% drop in production for the 2018 vintage when compared to average.
In 2012, owing to a sluggish economy and the “delicate context” of the 2011 campaign, d’Yquem issued a statement stating the 2011 vintage would not be offered but instead the release would come “at a more suitable moment”. The Chateau now release their flagship wine two years after harvest, following bottling.
Jane Anson of Decanter scored the wine 97 points, describing it as “intense and glossy, full of satin-textured apricot and white peach flavours”. She added “there is power and balance here, an excellent Yquem”.
Chateau d’Yquem has a 78.2% correlation with Wine Advocate critic scores. High scored wines that fall below the fair value line and offer slightly more bottle age, include 2007, 2014, and the 100-point 2015.