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May 29, 2013

Yquem tasting

Château d'Yquem tasting at Hong Kong Wine Vault, with Pierre Lurton.

2011 Y - pipi de chat, oaky, flinty, green apple, kinda ripe.  Acidity high mid-palate, and the wine burns a little going down the back of my throat.  The Sauvignon Blanc clearly dominates here.

2000 Y - wow!  This was so much more complex!  Lots more acetone, plastic, marmalade, apricot, salty plum (話梅) and perhaps even a little marzipan?

Pierre said that Y is actually not a "dry white", as it is picked just before they start picking for Yquem.  The proportion of Sauvignon Blanc here is larger compared to Semillon.

2010 Yquem - a little funky and stinky... changed to a new glass and it got a little better.  Perhaps it's the bottle.  Ripe and pretty sweet.

2007 Yquem - a little more acetone, orange blossom, floral and fragrant.  Sweeter on the palate.  Picked over a period of 40 days.

1995 Yquem - acetone, apricot, really sweet and fragrant now with orange blossom notes.

1986 Yquem - really sweet on the palate, with honey, orange blossom, a little nutty, ripe marmalade notes.  Slightly bitter towards the finish.  A beautiful wine to drink now and the wine of the evening.

1970 Yquem - nutty, marmalade and apricot.  Lovely nose, very open.  But it is after all a weak vintage, so the finish was very short with a weak palate.

Later on we adjourned to a friend's house for some cheese and wines.

Paul-Etienne Saint German Charme - yeasty, pungent, a little sugary.  Feeling a little raw here... not much finesse.

2002 Bertagna Vougeot 1er Cru Clos de la Perrière - lovely after opening up a little, with dried herbs, floral, black fruits.

1 comment:

  1. Y is clearly a dry wine, but quite special in fact. As it is picked just as before they picked Yquem, but especially because it is placed in Yquem barrels during some months after the fermentation, which gives the (dry) wine a "special/magic touch".


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