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Auction: The Evening Sale: Finest and Rarest Wines
was auctioned on: 27 April 2007
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Château d'Yquem--Vintage 1990

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Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000
Price realised:  US$4,740
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Château d'Yquem--Vintage 1990
1 dozen bottles per lot
A GOLDEN START TO THE EVENING CHÂTEAU d'YQUEM Yquem came into the Lur-Saluces family by marriage in 1785. This illustrious estate remained under family control until 1996 when family share holders sold their majority to LVMH. The modern era of the estate was lead by the very capable Comte Alexandre de Lur-Saluces who's astute management over saw many of the last century's greatest Yquem vintages, 1967, 1971, 1976, 1983, 1986, 1988 and the now legendary 1990. Comte Alexandre was the 6th generation of the Lur-Saluces family to watch over this dynasty. The whole domaine comprises the finest 465 acres in all of Sauternes to which just under 280 acres are planted exclusively to Sémillon and Sauvignon. The exceptional quality of the wine can be attributed to several factors. First, the very nature of the soil which, often lying on clay, is well drained owing in part to the admirable way the estate's slopes are exposed. Secondly, the meticulous care taken in cultivating the vines, and lastly in the very severe way the grapes are selected. Only that part of the crop judged to be perfect is bottled under the Château grand vin label and in some years the entire crop is declassified, as it was in 1964, 1972, 1974, and 1992. It is this constant attention to detail and the great care taken to make sure the wine is of top quality which enabled Yquem, in the 1855 classification, to be given the title "Premier Cru Supérieur." VINAGE 1990 "An extraordinary effort, Yquem's 1990 is a rich and fabulously superb, sweet wine. This wine also possesses lots of elegance and finesse. The wine's medium gold color is accompanied by an exceptionally sweet nose of honeyed tropical fruits, peaches, coconut, and apricots. High quality, subtle toasty oak is well-integrated. The wine is massive on the palate, with layers of intensely ripe botrytis-tinged, exceptionally sweet fruit. Surprisingly well-integrated acidity, and a seamless, full-bodied power and richness have created a wine of remarkable harmony and purity. Certainly it is one of the richest Yquems I have ever tasted, with 50-100 years of potential longevity. An awesome Yquem!" Robert Parker Wine Advocate #122 (Apr 1999) Property of a passionate fine wine aficionado Recently removed from excellent professional storage specifically for this sale Château d'Yquem--Vintage 1990 Sauternes, 1er grand cru classé All lots in original wooden case Parcel: lots aaa-ccc 1 dozen bottles per lot

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: The Evening Sale: Finest and Rarest Wines
Date of the auction: 27 Apr 2007
Address: Christie's
27 April 2007, Los Angeles