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Snooth User: Quentin4

Chateau d'Yquem 1906

Posted by Quentin4, Feb 24, 2010.

Just to say that I had the pleasure to taste a few days ago a Chateau d'Yquem 1906 and it was a truly amazing experience. (see my review if interested)

Now, many people will refuse to pay a high price to drink something that old, but Yquem is there to prove once again, that 104 (to be exact) years old wines can still be as sexy as they were in their youth.

Not so much of a topic, I just wanted to say to snooth community, that such wines are truly a great experience to live!

Sante!

Quentin

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Reply by Cathy Shore, Feb 24, 2010.

Well all I can say is lucky you. What a fabulous opportunity.

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Reply by Philip James, Feb 24, 2010.

Yeah, very lucky!

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Reply by Charles Emilio, Feb 24, 2010.

Yquem's are certainly known to age well. I say "known" because I've never had the opportunity to try one.

How much did it cost?

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 24, 2010.

Wow. Something that rare is a real treat. What did it look like?

Did you have it by itself or with food?

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Reply by Quentin4, Feb 24, 2010.

The cost for this bottle was around 800 british pounds, 15 years ago when my friend bought it. Many people will say, they would never spend that kind of money in a bottle that is over 100 years thinking the wine will be gone. And they are probably right for 99% of wines. However, with Yquem, it seems that each bottle I have tried have their own beautiful characteristic, may they be 100 years old or 20 years old.

We tasted it without food. But we had dinner that night before we opened the bottle. Honnestly it was so powerful and sweet, you could drink it with anything, it will make little difference.

I am updating some notes on Yquem, so I will add a few more vintages soon. (67, 88, 90)

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 24, 2010.

You drink well when it come to d'Yquem.

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Reply by Quentin4, Feb 24, 2010.

:) Lucky indeed!

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Reply by dirkwdeyoung, Feb 25, 2010.

Hmmm, that is encouraging, I have a bottle from 1970, which I have never opened, because I didn't feel rich enough, or it was never the right moment, sounds like a very young wine now!

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Reply by Quentin4, Feb 25, 2010.

1970... interesting to see how this vintage has evolved. What is its colour now? The level?

I believe that with Chateau d'Yquem, the best occasion to open a bottle is.... to open it!

Cheers!

Quentin

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Reply by zufrieden, Feb 27, 2010.

For most people, a once in a lifetime experience - almost like time-travel. 1904 - I think of the St Louis World Fair and the 1904 Olympics; amazing!

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Reply by zufrieden, Feb 27, 2010.

Or... the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 - whatever time frame you want to recall... i was trying to think of something a bit more positive!

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 27, 2010.

How about my grandmother's birthyear? Too bad she's not still around to enjoy the likes of that bottle, but then she was nearly a teetotaler, anyway... ;-)

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Reply by zufrieden, Feb 27, 2010.

...Or my Great-Uncle Theodore's birthday; he was a 1906 arrival. I'm waiting for someone to taste the 1914 so we can talk about the Guns of August. I don't have a vintage chart that goes back that far, but I'm assuming there are a few good results from that year - if not any that were positive from the standpoint of global politics. :-)

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 27, 2010.

Of all the war-related vitages '45 seems to be in a class of its own.

Keeping things more personal, let me know if you run across any '03, '04 (that grandmother), '07 and '11 vintage bottles. I'll help you with them, reminiscing all the while on my grandparents. Then again if you see any 1882s and '86s I'll be happy to jump back to the previous generation and remember people I knew of those vintages, too... ;-)


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