Above, a birds eye view of 1983 Yquem in my glass showing the vintages captivating colour.
Last night I enjoyed some Chateau d'Yquem 1983 (in Magnum) which was given to us by a very generous guest at the hotel. I don't think I have even seen Yquem in a magnum before, but I knew it would be special as it always is. After many recent posts on brief tasting notes which gets old quickly this sauternes surely caused me to stop and think for a few days before attempting to write about it. First off, this must be my favorite vintage I have had yet from Yquem... definitely the most flamboyant and instantly seductive. A very concentrated vintage. The amazing thing about this wine which for me is the reason why it's delicious, is it's ability to be very sweet and bone dry at the same time. at first you taste the sweet (the honey, creme brulee, citrus notes etc.) but in your mouth you are left with a sensational dry aftertaste. There is a wonderful acidity of Yquem which balances the sweetness.
While drinking this wine as it made me ponder, I couldn't help but to think about life and death. If your familiar with Yquem wines you know they are special for their capability to age for a very long time. Many say over 100 years for the 1983 and it is already a year older than I. Most of the people on this earth today will be dead when this wine is still being enjoyed by our children. It recalls as of recent, the passing of Steve Jobs and his motivational views on life and death. The importance of doing what you feel from your heart without any fear. Or as the slightly less optimistic motto goes in which Michelangelo Merisi lived by Nec Spe Nec Metu. Without hope, without fear.
With your next glass of Chateau d'Yquem ponder just a bit.. about the future of the world and who will be drinking that same exact wine 100 years from now, long after you have passed.
above, natura morta. grapes from Yquem during the botrytis cinerea (noble rot) process.
photo from myquem.com
above, Sommelier Luc Chevalier pouring some liquid gold.