Sam Platt wrote:Hoke,
What will Yquem do with their grapes/crush? Down the drain or sold to another producer or negotiant?
Primarily sell the juice/wine away, Sam.
They do green harvesting during the vintage and leave that on the ground. The grapes are individually harvested by long-term pickers who pick only their own blocks, and go through as often as it takes to pick the grapes at prime.
They make a dry wine, although in very small lots, but most of the wine will be sold. The Lurton family business is extensive, so I imagine the family wineries get first choice internally (but I really don't know, and didn't ask). I surmise then they offer it externally at premium prices, which of course they always get, being d'Yquem.
I'm also certain that part of the contract is that buyers are never allowed to use or imply in any way that their wine is from d'Yquem.
It really is astonishing how large and expansive the home estate and vineyards are, compared to the really miniscule amounts of wine that goes into the barrel even in the best of vintages. Which is what keeps the wines at such high prices, naturally.