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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

1983 Château d'Yquem

It's always an amazing privilege to taste any bottling of Yquem and especially one that has been waiting to be opened for 27 years! This vintage of Château d'Yquem is characterized by it's amazing unctuous texture and it's richly sweet and full bodied style. Parker describes it as "massive"....

The color is quite golden with the classic Yquem sediment that looks like tiny little crystals.

The bouquet of this wine is really one of the most profound I have ever smelt, with rich honey, apricot, cream brulee, and loads botrytis spice. Smelling this wine is truly an experience in it's own that is completely urethral and hedonistic.

On the palate the wine is "massive", rich, and unctuously textured, with intense flavors of apricot and orange marmalade, honey, buttered toast, cream brulee, nutmeg, caramel, and spice. It's as rich of an Yquem as I have ever tasted. However, the acidity is somewhat lacking and doesn't pierce the palate like most great vintages of this wine inevitably do. Does this make it any less of a wine.....? No, it just typifies the vintage and makes it unique and different. Amazing stuff....96+ points

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