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Château d’Yquem 2021 pricing analysis

What’s happening in the market?

In the last week, Burgundy’s trade share by value rose to 27.5%. This was fuelled by trades in Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Romanee-Conti Grand Cru 2019 and 2014, Emmanuel Rouget, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru, Cros Parantoux 2007, Domaine Leroy, Richebourg Grand Cru 2014 and Coche-Dury, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013

Elsewhere the week has seen Californian wines changing hands, driving up the US trade share to 11.2% with Opus One, Napa Valley 2018, Screaming Eagle, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2020, Harlan Estate, Napa Valley 2016, Joseph Phelps, Insignia, Napa Valley 2019 and Promontory, Napa Valley 2018 all changing hands.

Today’s deep-dive: Château d’Yquem 2021 pricing analysis

Château d’Yquem 2021 was released in the UK today at £3,180 per 12×75, the same as last year’s release price.  Sauternes volumes are significantly down year-on-year as a result of Spring frosts which decimated yields for many producers.

At this price, the 2021 release comes to market below the current Market Price for the 2009 and 2010 vintages, but above the price for which all subsequent vintages are available. Buyers looking for value may want to consider the 2014, 2017 or 2020. See more pricing analysis below.  

Critical response

Yohan Castaing (Wine Advocate) awarded the wine 95 points. In his tasting note, he wrote that ‘the 2021 d’Yquem exhibits a complex bouquet of rose, exotic fruits and mandarin orange mingled with spring flowers, rose and crème brûlée’.

Neal Martin (Vinous) awarded the wine 96 points and mentions in his tasting note that the wine has a ‘more tensile finish than the 2020 or 2019. As such, I suspect that it will be comparatively approachable and, of course, delicious’. 

Fair Value analysis

Those looking for value may want to consider the 2014 vintage, available at a Market Price of £2,768 per case, just below its release price of £2,850 per 12×75. The wine was scored 97 points by Neal Martin and 99 points by Lisa Perrotti-Brown.

Château d’Yquem 2014 trades on Liv-ex

When it comes to price performance, the 2016 has seen the highest increase (10.1%) in the last year. 

There are 644 LIVE bids and offers for Yquem wines on Liv-ex. Log in to the exchange to view them and trade.

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