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Like any great wine dinner, we will close this auction with Sauternes! Though we will be sad to end this year’s festivities, we couldn’t have chosen a better lot to end on!
The First Growth of Sauternes, its longevity rivals its unique delectability. Since its beginnings, it has benefited from an exceptional terroir, as well as being the result of a unique ancestral know-how since 1593. Long before it was enjoyed by George Washington, the wines of Yquem had already begun writing their chapters in the history books. The 1990 vintage, offered here in bottle and magnum, is both delectable and sought-after. Some might even say it is “Pure. Hedonism.” (See below for proof!)
Château d’Yquem 1990 (98 LPB)
Outer quote mark Medium to deep golden colored, the 1990 d’Yquem opens with unabashed opulence, giving expressive notes of dried apricots, toffee, candied walnut, tree bark and sandalwood with nuances of preserved mandarin peel, lemongrass and fallen leaves. The palate is entering that stage where it still has bags of fruit and yet appears quite dry, with a lively line contributing jaw-dropping tension and finishing with epically long-lingering honey nut and earth-inspired notes. Pure. Hedonism. The multilayered intensity perhaps makes this appear a much bigger, sweeter Yquem than it is, and yet it possesses a relatively modest 12.7% alcohol and 126 grams per liter of residual sugar with 3.9 grams per liter of total acidity (H2SO4). Well into its ideal drinking window, there is no real rush to drink this beauty, as it should remain suspended at the heavenly plateau for another 25+ years.
Donated by Amy & Frank Garrison, Pam & Steve Taylor