Rum, creme brulee, candied sugar, black tea. This is soooo rich and soooo opulent. It just doesn't quit. An amazing wine! He only thing that kept it off the 100 mark was that the nose was just shy of the experience in the palate.
As the wine warmed out of its chilly pouring temperature, hints of weak coffee, caramel, honey, and pollen wafted out of the glass, each inserting a complex element over the primary scent of what I must describe as eucalyptus tea. That eucalyptus-tea note carried through as the first taste as my sip spread across my mouth and up through my sinuses. Orange marmalade and popsicle sticks resonated through the mid-palate, which faded to more subtle honey and toasted nut flavors. On the finish, orange blossom lingered along with something herbal, like sage. So complex and so pleasant. Easy to enjoy, yet difficult to understand. The most lasting impression was the sense of my place in time and the history of the bottle I get when drinking a bottle that must have been aging in barrels when Germany invaded France. A remarkable wine and a remarkable experience.
At the tasting there were a few people very familiar with this wine and they suspected this to be a questionable bottle as the color and the flavors of the wine just did not match. The cork was branded '1937' but this bottle was purchased at an auction, so the provenance is not fully known. The wine was still great at 94pts but unlikely a 1937 D'Yquem.
With a deep copper hue, the aromatics are explosive! Chocolate, coffee, crème brulee, orange, caramel, flowers, spice, butterscotch, earth and cocoa are revealed. Silky, velvet drenched layers of orange coated with cocoa and chocolate remain on the palate for well over 60 seconds. Chateau d’Yquem is expensive and some consumers feel when compared to other Sauternes, Chateau d’Yquem is not worth the difference in price. That is because they have never experienced a fully mature vintage of Chateau d’Yquem. At 75 years of age, this wine is still going to improve for another 25-50 or even 75 more years!
Wow! The best sauterne I have drank. It was dark, but a see through amber. IT was very complex at the beginning, but not sweet enough for the other two who I drank it with; I thought it was sweet enough though. But, after opening up for an hour, it did become more syrupy and rich. The flavors kept evolving over the two hours we drank it. Extremely complex and smooth. Amazing.
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