Iron Gate Auctions
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IronGate Fine Wine Auction

Tue, Feb 6, 2024 10:00AM EST - Tue, Feb 13, 2024 08:00PM EST
  • 1937
  • 750ml
  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Sauternes
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
  • White Sweet
  • DD3770
  • DD3770
Lot 1

1937 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Premier Cru Superieur - 750ml - 1 bottle(s)

Estimate: CAD$3,500 - CAD$6,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
CAD$0 CAD$20
CAD$500 CAD$50
CAD$1,000 CAD$100
CAD$2,000 CAD$200
CAD$3,000 CAD$250
CAD$5,000 CAD$500
CAD$10,000 CAD$1,000
CAD$20,000 CAD$2,000
CAD$50,000 CAD$5,000
CAD$100,000 CAD$10,000
This lot is comprised of 1 bottle(s) of 1937 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Premier Cru Superieur - 750ml. Estimate for this lot is between $3500 - $6000 with a reserve of $3000. The bottles in this lot come from collection 11432.


Top Shoulder
This consignor grew up among the vineyards in the Niagara region and has fond memories of eating grapes off the vines at her friend’s family farm. It was during her 20s that she learned to appreciate wine, travelling through France, Italy and eastern Europe for business. In her 60s she began to collect wine seriously, some shipped to her by business associates and others purchased from wine merchants and collectors. The bottles have been meticulously stored in a custom designed wine cellar and were then moved into 2 temperature-controlled wine cabinets.
The score for 1937 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes Premier Cru Superieur is 96 from Robert Parker and the tasting note - Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 1937 Chateau d’Yquem was made in a year when there was a severe drought in Sauternes, though the crop was harvested between September 21 and November 3, the heart of the crop was picked during a warm dry spell between October 1-21. It is a legendary wine, but on this occasion it was easily surpassed. Having said that, winemaker Sandrine Garbay mentioned that this was not the best bottle and that on its day it can rank alongside the 1945. On any other day, this would have been the wine of the tasting. It has a deep mahogany color. The nose gently unfurls in the glass with scents of orange rind, mandarin, honeysuckle and melted candle wax. The palate is linear and correct on the entry and certainly gives notice of an immensely powerful Yquem, even if this bottle does not possess the delineation and tension of the 1945. This particular bottle might suggest that the 1937 is past its lofty peak, although there is enough here to suggest that the next might deliver nirvana. Drink now-2025+.