By appointment only.
Monday through Sunday
Language: English and French.
Maximum number of people: 6.
The guided tour lasts 90 minutes.
1855 PREMIER CRU SUPÉRIEUR
During the Middle Ages, Château d’Yquem belonged to the King of England, who was also Duke of Aquitaine at the time. In 1453, southwest France was once again brought under the French crown.
In 1593, a descendent of a local noble family, Jacques Sauvage, took over Yquem. In 1785, Françoise Joséphine de Sauvage d’Yquem, young widow became the estate manager and made Yquem prosper. Thomas Jefferson was fond of Yquem wines. In 1855, in the famous classification made at the request of Emperor Napoléon III, Yquem was designated the one and only premier cru supérieur.
Today, the winery remains the top estate of Sauternes. At the end of the 20th century, Château d’Yquem was acquired by LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton.
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