In color, this almost 70 year old wine sported copper with orange hues. With time, about 30 minutes, candied orange, caramel, burnt sugar, grilled pineapple, honey and nut aromas rose from the glass to create the perfume. Soft, lush and sweet, the wine leaves a rich trail of caramel corn, brioche, roasted orange, spice, butterscotch, grilled pineapple and vanilla sensations on your palate. It does not have the same level of concentration, complexity or exotic texture found in the legendary 1937, but it's close. This was my first time with this vintage. I hope it’s not going to be my last.
Chateau d'Yquem Masterclass (Amber, Hong Kong): This was the bottle with the special label - this was at the end of the war when the chateau had to begin to market, though agents like Calvet, to new buyers from the States and elsewhere. This was light, crystal amber with fresh primary fruits on the nose. This looked, smelt and tasted like a young wine. However the complexity on the palate and the unbelievable length was magical. I'm told that this wine still has room to evolve! I don't give a 100 lightly - this must deserve it.
Tasted February 15,2008 at Lake Louise Post Hotel Yquem tasting. With 14.4% alcohol, 164 grams of sugar and acidity of 4.4. This wine had a very deep brown colour with a bouquet the was very high not only of alcohol but of caramel and prunes. It was still quite fresh to taste (although not as fresh as the 1947) and very smooth.
Dark amber colour. Oily looking in the glass. Somewhat oxidized on the nose. Hard to pick out nuances through the slightly madeirized nose. Nothing wrong with the taste of this wine, though. A mushroomy feel to this. Nice deep flavour dimensions. This is another completely resolved wine that would have been stupendous, had it not been for the somewhat off bouquet. Still, a brilliant wine.
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(Yquem) had a fabulous nose full of wax, honey, creme brulee, caramel and orange peel. The palate was so thick, so rich so oily and so concentrated that small children should not be within a mile of an open bottle, for they would definitely get wind of this one and want, want, want. Long, spiny and still youthful, there were additional flavors of biscotti and vanilla. Frank called it 'perfect,' and it was pretty damn close
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