13th May 2014

Chateau d’Yquem today announced to Bordeaux negociants that it will delay the release of its 2013 vintage. This marks the third consecutive year that Yquem has not released alongside their Bordeaux neighbours following the postponement of the 2011 vintage release until September 2013 and the decision not to make a 2012 vintage due to a poor growing season and lack of quality.

Chateau d’Yquem was one of the highlights of an indifferent 2013 vintage for many of Bordeaux’s chateaux. Sauternes along with dry white wines fared considerably better than the red wines of Bordeaux in a year that was blighted by poor weather, especially during the harvest in late September and early October. James Suckling awarded Yquem 2013 98-99 points and proclaimed it ‘really superb. A monument to the vintage’, James Molesworth of Wine Spectator was similar in his praise declaring it ‘another classic in the making’.

Chateau d’Yquem has yet to confirm reasons behind their decision and have not provided a release date.

Please click here to read IG Wines recommendations for the 2013 vintage and the full en primeur report.