THE LEGEND OF
Standing in the sprawling Château d’Yquem estate amongst 113 hectares of vines, there’s not a single noise apart from the wind sweeping through the valley of Ciron. Located in Southwest France near Bordeaux, the impressive château had been bought by the Sauvage family in 1593.
Now after more than 400 years, Yquem, the “Nectar of the Gods”, has been—and still is—one of the most recognized and appreciated wines in the world. The estate was even designated the one and only premier cru supérieur in 1855, a classification made at the request of Napoléon III. Discover the epic Yquem Saga, full of events and colorful personnalities here
Suddenly, a distant noise cuts through the silence of the vineyard.
As the noise approaches, it becomes clearer and we realize the sharp sounds are coming from the hooves of a majestic horse galloping at full speed through the vines.
We take a glance at the silhouette of the mysterious rider, who is wearing a long and dark cape and looks like a man on a mission.
400 HUNDREDS YEARS
The stranger sudden pushes open the large, heavy wooden door of the castle and enters the court.
He is holding a collection of large gold keys, which probably unlock some of the old doors around the Château.
Entering a very dark room, there are bottles stored behind metal bars in what appears to be the wine cellar of the castle—where the best wine is held. The stranger heads to the end of the corridor, where there is a separate little round cave, and opens an old metal gate with his key.
"THE NECTAR OF
Using his torch, he lights the room to look for just the right bottle and finally grabs the one he’s looking for: Yquem 1896.
As he delicately holds the prized bottle of wine, waiters glide into the room with platters ready to bring Yquem, the nectar of the gods, to a guest who is certainly worthy of this legendary wine, which comes with a prestigious winemaking history spanning back 400 years.
A second part story with Yquem will follow, happening this time in the present days ... stay tuned.
If you are passionate about wine or if you just want to discover one of the greatest stories in the winemaking field, I strongly recommend that you book a visit at the Château d'Yquem whenever you will be around Bordeaux.
Visit the website www.yquem.fr to discover the whole history about the legendary estate and wine.
Special thanks to all the Château d'Yquem teams and President Mr Pierre Lurton for having welcomed us to this extraordinary location.
Thanks as well to a stunning horse, Volt, and its master Flavien Charbonnier from Centre Equestre de Langon for having played a perfect role into this shooting.
Artistic Director / Written byTom Claeren
Special GuestVolt the Horse
The Stuntman, Horse RiderFlavien Charbonnier
High End Retoucher on a selectionEmilie Desmeules
Text EditorLane Nieset