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  • Country ranking ?

    756
  • Producer ranking ?

    46
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    Now

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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 1962

Bordeaux Vintage Report by Tb / Although 1962 was also a fabulous year, it fell irretrievably into the shadow of 1961. The cold winter, with its biting frosts, ensured that the vines would get a much-needed rest after their hard work in 1961. The growing season started three weeks late. When the vines finally germinated in mid-June, the weather improved. Toward autumn, the weather warmed up measurably, with the resulting dryness eventually having a negative impact on the vines. The few abundant harvests of September came just in time to rescue the grapes from withering on the vine. The harvest, which brought in the largest crop of the 1950s and 1960s, did not begin until 1 October. Few believed that the vintage would be as good as it became. An excellent vintage for dry whites, reds and Sauternes. Where Sauternes are concerned, the 1962 was a considerably better year than the 1961. The best reds were the Cheval Blanc, Pétrus and Mouton-Rothschild. A common characteristic of the finest 1962 wines today is their serene, balanced aspect. Only a few show any real body and complexity, but they work well especially as dinner wines, also due to their excellent availability and affordable price. Even the finest wines should not be decanted for more than an hour.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

12 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Short and Spicy

flavors

Vanilla and Honey

nose

Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Well-structured

Written Notes

One last wine was served, a delicious 1962 Yquem. It was rich and decadent with candle wax aromas and brown sugar flavors. It was all brulee without the cream (95).

  • 95p
Pale brown. It was very sophisticated and elegant wine with evident aroma of walnuts on the nose and fruit sweetness, which also was refined, complex and with fine balance. Dazzling performance. It can last for additional 10-15 years.
  • 93p
Chateau d’Yquem 1962 “Encore!” / Honey, caramel, apricots, figs, spices and marmalade all conjure together on the bewitching bouquet. Vital acidity, and layered caramel apple, and crème brulee on the palate. Restrained and refined by Sauternes standards, with crisp acidity, glorious balance, silky, spicy with brown sugar just beyond the mid palate. I suspect its brilliance will shine even more in another decade. The Crème Caramel notes on the finish, with nutmeg and honey, all brilliantly composed and synthesized have you exclaiming: 95 Points
  • 95p
D 1 h / G 1.5 h Deep, amber colour. Nutty, raisiny nose that lacks complexity. Medium-sweet palate with mellow acidity. Intense flavours – burnt sugar, roasted coffee and chocolate. Moderately long finish with opulent but less elegant style.
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Sauternes, Bordeaux

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