Legendary Château D'Yquem Tasting * 1893 - 1983 * (Old Swiss House, Lucerne, Switzerland): There is something magical about drinking such old wines. One can just imagine what it took some 120 years ago to produce such a wine with the simple tools the vinters had at hand. Also it always raises the question of how the world has looked at in 1893 and where such a bottle has been traveling in the last century. Such bottles are a very special witness of time. Imagine this bottle has survived two World Wars, the Great Depression, and many more memorable events in the 20th centruy, and then over 110 years later it is one of the "Stars of the show" in this memorable d'Yquems tasting.
Here to the actual notes. Color was a clear dark amber (Coke). Nose of Malt and California raisins. There was still some sweetness left, hints of malt. Not a monumental D'Yquem but just very elegant and very much at 120 years of age. Drink with no hurry.
From a perfect bottle. Amber coloured. When held up against light, the wine had the most beautiful glow and there was no murkiness at all. The bouquet revealed notes of abricot and acetone. The acetone note blew off after about 10 minutes. I had this wine in the glass for a good one hour, and it showed no signs of fatigue. In the mouth the wine was sweet and packed with botrytis, yet incredibly fresh and lively with notes of abricot peel, honey and nuts. Refined, luxurious, elegant, detailed, and delicate with stunning complexity, dimension and a finish that has to be was great width to the wine, plenty of life left - probably for another ten years of keeping. This reminded me of a hypothetical blend of a Montrachet and the finest Canadian maple syrup. Not that I would ever want to try the combination. But if I could just have a few cases of THIS wine!!!! Is the score too consertive?? Probably.
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