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And for people in general, when I put Yquem at the end of the dish for the dessert or for the fois gras, it's [too heavy] for the people," he said.
I can't believe that the average French housewife splashes out on Yquem as part of her weekly shop.
ChEoteau Yquem is a sweet wine made in Bordeaux from completely shrivelled up, late harvested grapes.
Just a few chateaus of high quality to look for: Climens, Laufaurie-Peyraguey, Raymond Lafon, Rieussec and, of course, Yquem.
Pinault's recent moves into "le luxe" would add several billion dollars more, and they also raise the question of whether he is now planning to challenge Bernard Arnault of LVMH--who owns or controls Dior, Lacroix, Givenchy, Dom Perignon, Chateau Yquem, Hennessy and Louis Vuitton, among many other top names--for leadership of the world's entire luxury goods business.
The sale featured a dazzling array of Bordeaux treasures including a Chateau Haut Brion vertical of 55 vintages from 1945 to 2009 (HK$381,300/US$48,885, Lot 1057, illustrated right) and a Chateau Yquem vertical of 47 vintages from 1945 to 2007 (HK$344,400/US$44,154, Lot 1059).
As for the sweet wines, Yquem stands head and shoulders above the rest, as it often does.
It is true that French wine exporters have smartened up their marketing recently, but it might be a while before the American public is invited to "Come Alive with Chateau Yquem.
Owner Marcus Titley said: "It's a remarkable opportunity - Yquem makes what are undoubtedly the finest Sauternes and there is comparatively little of it made.
One wine connoisseur has just bought what is thought to be the most expensive bottle of white wine in the world at $100,000 (GBP55,000): a 1787 vintage Sauternes from Chateau Yquem.
Due to the nature of some of the material, its launch in Europe was halted by an acrimonious lawsuit between factions of the Lur-Saluces family of Chateau d' Yquem.
At the top were five Premier Crus or First Growths - Haut-Brion, Lafite, Latour, Margaux, and Yquem.
There would be a mild upgrading of the wine cellar - cheerio to Croatian claret and a warm welcome to vintage Krug and 1975 Chateau Yquem.
Yesterday Arnault, known as Napoleon in the French stock market, announced he had got his hands on a controlling 64 per cent stake in Yquem, which is valued at pounds 200m.
Superlots of DRC Assorted Cases, La Tache, Haut-Brion, Margaux, Yquem, Screaming Eagle plus rare magnums of 1978 Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux
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