Tasting Note : Chateau d'Yquem 1906

Chateau d'Yquem 1906

(and my dear wife)

Dark opaque black colour. The cork dropped inside the bottle as soon as I tried to pull it out. The nose was showing burned coffee beans, leather and distinctive Madeira aromas. As it was sitting in the glass, the wine changed slowly to an attractive caramel aroma, as if the wine was finally awaken! On the palate, the sweetness was overwhelming and the wine had a strong Madeira style, but we could still detect some fragant flavours of mint or herbs. The alcohol and acidity had disapear, but there was still freshness in this wine with a nice lingering finish, bringing more toffee.

As the oldest wine I had ever drunk, I wasn't sure what to except from a Chateau d'Yquem with a black opaque colour of over 100 years old. But it was an amazing experience to actually see it evolving in our glasses as we were drinking it. Far from being shy, it actually had a lot of power and sweetness to show. A once in a lifetime tasting note I guess...

Here is a picture of the Chateau d'Yquem 1906 compared with Chateau d'Yquem 2001.