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Château d’Yquem 2019 released

The 2019 vintage from Château d’Yquem has been released at €255 per bottle ex-négociant, equal to £3,000 per dozen (12×75). Its release price is 13% higher than the 2018’s initial offer.

As we covered late last month, today’s offer is in line with the estate’s new release programme.

Neal Martin (Vinous) scored it 98-points. This makes it one of his best-rated vintages of Yquem over the last two decades, behind the 2001 he awarded 100-points to last year.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Independent) scored it 97+ and called it the ‘fat-cheeked baby with the Mona Lisa smile’.

Jane Anson also rated it 97-points, noting the higher proportion of Sauvignon Blanc in the blend. She said it showed, ‘clear push and pull between acidity and lusciousness from the first moments’.

As shown by the chart below, Yquem’s wines are 69% correlated with scores from the Wine Advocate. The publication hasn’t yet released a rating for the 2019, however.

Using Liv-ex’s ‘Fair Value’ methodology, we can see that the release price will look somewhat expensive relative to back vintages, unless it receives a score of at least 99-points.

Buyers looking for other options may want to consider the 2018, 2017 and 2014 vintages.

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Liv-ex analysis is drawn from the world’s most comprehensive database of fine wine prices. The data reflects the real time activity of Liv-ex’s 560+ merchant members from across the globe. Together they represent the largest pool of liquidity in the world – currently £100m of bids and offers across 16,000 wines. Independent data, direct from the market.