I was recently invited to a wonderful dinner, where many great wines were served. And as the first post on my blog, I thought it would be a good idea to share my experience with one of the most incredible wine ever to be produced, Chateau d'Yquem. Needless to say that everytime you open a bottle of what can only be describe as God's nectar, it become the center of attention and for a reason.
1988 was at first not an ideal vintage for Botrytis with a mild and wet spring and a dry and warm summer, flowering was quite normal. September was hot and the grapes were only infected by mid october. The top producers decided to wait and harvested in November. By then the grapes were perfect with an oustanding quality and complexity. It will be a great vintage.
Chateau d'Yquem, Sauternes 1988.
The Colour was deep and gold with glimpse of shiny orange. The nose was floral and complex. Multiple aromas of butter, honey, nuts lifted by lemon zest. At first, the onctuous wine develop rich honey suckle and spice. Then the mid palate explode with powerful flavours of white flowers and creme brulee. The acidity is well integrated and balance perfectly with the sweetness. The length is divine and goes on and on...
Very much in its youth, this example of Chateau d'Yquem prove to be near perfection and should evolve beautifully over the next 30 to 40 years. QC