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  • Country ranking ?

    68
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    45min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Enjoy without food

The Story

The pleasure derived from tasting Yquem is difficult to describe.

It offers a myriad of well-balanced, complex flavours that generate even more harmonies over time. The impression that remains is reminiscent of a quote from Frédéric Dard "the silence that follows a piece by Mozart, in which the listener remains suffused with the music". This reflects the fact that Château d'Yquem stays on the palate for a remarkable long time, providing a unique, prolonged pleasure. There is a lovely expression in French to describe Yquem's tremendously long aftertaste: il fait la queue du paon, which means that it spreads out like a peacock's tail.

 

It is always difficult to describe wine-tasting experiences with any precision. The senses of sight, smell, taste and touch are all stimulated virtually at the same time. While gifted tasters can identify some of the aromas and flavours in a glass of Yquem in an effort to define its complexity, they never really succeed in communicating its essence or explaining its mystery. Mere analysis, whether chemical or organoleptic, is not sufficient to account for Yquem's greatness. Yquem tells a unique story... It starts with the bouquet. Although not always very outgoing in young vintages, it is marked by fruit (apricot, mandarin, and occasionally tropical fruit) and oak (vanilla and toasty aromas). Older vintages, on the other hand, have an extraordinarily complex fragrance as soon as the bottle is opened, with hints of dried fruit (dried apricot, prune, stewed fruit, and marmalade), spice (cinnamon, saffron, and liquorice), and even flowers (lime blossom, etc.). The first impression of Château d'Yquem on the palate is always very silky, and often sumptuous. It then fills out, "coating the palate". This fine wine has a strong, but never overbearing character, with great elegance and poise. It always maintains a balance between sugar and acidity (sweetness and freshness). A touch of bitterness can also contribute to the overall harmony. Château d'Yquem's aftertaste is legendary, and it tells another story, which lasts and lasts…

Certain connoisseurs consider it outrageous to drink a young Yquem and believe that opening such a monumental wine before its thirtieth birthday is tantamount to a sacrilege. Others, on the contrary, think that Yquem can be enjoyed at all stages in its life.

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Tasting note

color

Deep and Dark

ending

Long, Pure and Lingering

flavors

Vanilla, Violet, Toasty, Honey, Truffles and Creamy

nose

Intense, Complex, Seductive and Refined

taste

Perfectly balanced, Concentrated, Multi-dimensional, Mature, Full-bodied, Focused, Ripe, Perfumed and Silky tannins

Verdict

Outstanding and Masterpiece

Written Notes

Decanted for 10 minutes. Retained its best characteristics for 2 hours after opening. Outward condition as expected of a wine of this age. Wine level mid-shoulder. Old, dusty bottle. Label worn beyond recognition, but the capsule was in good condition and the original cork showed the vintage. Dark, warm golden colour. Really open, clean and rich nose with hints of vanilla, apricot and peach. A real charmer. A full, creamy, complex wine with indefinite length and depth. A perfect balance. An extremely enchanting wine.
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Good looking half size bottle, is in a good condition and has mid-shoulder level. Colour is and looking dark, mature and deep . On the nose it is intense, complex, refined, seductive and charming. The taste is focused, ripe, perfumed, with silky tannins, full-bodied, with perfectly balanced, multi-dimensional, well-structured, concentrated structure and mature. On the palate it is layered and has violet, truffles, vanilla, toasty, white fruits, creamy and honey flavours. The finish is long, lingering, pure and vibrant. This wine is outstanding and masterpiece. I paid around 5k€ + a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 1-2 years and decant at least 45min before tasting.
- (Created by Tb)
  • 95p

Information

Origin

Sauternes, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Serious

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  d'Yquem 1819  ( Château d'Yquem )

"Decanted for 10 minutes. Retained its best characteristics for 2 hours after opening. Outward condition as expected of a wine of this age. Wine level mid-shoulder. Old, dusty bottle. Label worn beyond recognition, but the capsule was in good condition and the original cork showed the vintage.

Dark, warm golden colour. Really open, clean and rich nose with hints of vanilla, apricot and peach. A real charmer. A full, creamy, complex wine with indefinite length and depth. A perfect balance. An extremely enchanting wine."

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