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CHÂTEAU D'YQUEM 1971 (1) 97 WA CHÂTEAU D'YQUEM 1976 (1) 96 WA


CHÂTEAU D'YQUEM 1971 (1) SAUTERNAIS. U. VTS. SERVED FROM AN EX-CHATEAU BOTTLE. I HAVE ALWAYS STOOD BY THE 1971 CHATEAU D’YQUEM AS BEING ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUSLY UNDERRATED VINTAGES OF THAT DECADE. THIS GREAT YQUEM WAS BORN DURING 10 DAYS FROM OCTOBER 6, WHEN WARM AND HUMID CONDITIONS CAUSED AN OUTBREAK OF BOTRYTIS. YOU CAN DETECT MIRABELLE, RIPE SATSUMAS, CITRUS PEEL AND BEESWAX. THE PALATE IS VIBRANT, ANIMATED AND SIMPLY ELECTRIFIES THE MOUTH UPON ENTRY. THE 1971 HAS IMMENSE CONCENTRATION, WHILE THE ALMOST TOKAJI ASZU-LIKE FINISH IS BEAUTIFULLY POISED. THIS IS SIMPLY AN OUTSTANDING YQUEM THAT SHOWS ABSOLUTELY NO SIGN OF REACHING THE END OF ITS DRINKING PLATEAU. DRINK NOW-2040+. TASTED MARCH 2014. 97 WA CHÂTEAU D'YQUEM 1976 (1) SAUTERNAIS. U. BN. TASTED BLIND IN BORDEAUX, THE 1976 CHATEAU D'YQUEM REAFFIRMS ITS REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE GREAT WINES OF THE DECADE, ALTHOUGH I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THAT 1971 AND 1975 ARE THE TRUE PINNACLES. IT OFFERS DRIED PINEAPPLE, BARLEY SUGAR, ALMOND AND A CHEEKY PUFF OF CAFÉ LATTE. THERE IS WONDERFUL DEFINITION HERE. THE PALATE IS UNDERPINNED BY NIGH ON PERFECT ACIDITY WITH ORANGE RIND, MANGO, CRÈME BRÛLÉE AND MINERALS. AS IT FANS OUT TOWARDS THE FINISH, THERE IS A TANG OF SEVILLE ORANGE MARMALADE. AT ITS PEAK NOW, ENJOY THIS GREAT YQUEM OVER THE NEXT 20-30 YEARS. TASTED APRIL 2016. 96 WA 2 BTS. PER LOT $1,100 - $1,300




Price Realised: $1800



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