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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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Vintage 1969

Protected by kings

Château d’Yquem’s first harvest took place three hundred years earlier, in 1593, when Jacques de Sauvage purchased the estate from the crown. When Francoise de Sauvage and Louis Amade Lur-Saluces, king Louis XV’s godson, married in 1785, Yquem became part of the property of the historic and traditional Lur-Saluces family. At the same time, the vineyard received approval and protection from the French royalty. Today, the vineyard comprises 457 acres, which is approximately the same as two hundred years ago. The man who ran the winery for thirty years, Alexandre de Lur-Saluces, now retired, says that his winemaking philosophy goes back centuries:
The most important thing is to respect nature, just the way my grandfather and his predecessors did hundreds of years ago. We cannot produce great wines without the help of Mother Nature. Every harvest is, in a way, an individual adventure with its individual surprises. We wish to extend this thinking to respecting the people who love the wine that comes from our vineyards, and the people who work on the fields. Our wines will stay the same in the future as they were a century ago. The tools have changed, but not our way of making wine.”

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A rich and very ripe old Sauternes. Lots of honey. It is very mature. Quite alluring in the nose but a little more tired in the palate. Looking very good for a wine of this age from a lesser vintage.
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Dark amber. In the nose, there was fine and noble botrytis and toffee and sherry on the palate. Fruit acidity had signs of advanced age, but balance didn't suffer from this. This was a splendid wine without much fuss. It will keep for 4-6 more years.
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Light golden colour. Elegant nose with tropical ripe fruits and vanilla tones. Medium-sweet, elegant palate with fresh tropical fruitiness, less complex but balanced and long finish. Harmonious and perfumy style.
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Sauternes, Bordeaux

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  d'Yquem 1969  ( Château d'Yquem )

"Dark amber. In the nose, there was fine and noble botrytis and toffee and sherry on the palate. Fruit acidity had signs of advanced age, but balance didn't suffer from this. This was a splendid wine without much fuss. It will keep for 4-6 more years."

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  d'Yquem 1969  ( Château d'Yquem )

"A rich and very ripe old Sauternes. Lots of honey. It is very mature. Quite alluring in the nose but a little more tired in the palate. Looking very good for a wine of this age from a lesser vintage. "

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 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  d'Yquem 1969  ( Château d'Yquem )

"Light golden colour. Elegant nose with tropical ripe fruits and vanilla tones. Medium-sweet, elegant palate with fresh tropical fruitiness, less complex but balanced and long finish. Harmonious and perfumy style. "

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