A subtle pleasure
All wine lovers agree that the delighful experience of tasting Château d'Yquem is dificult to express in words.
Yquem offers a myriad of well-balanced, complex aromas and flavours that generate even more harmonies over time.
Frédéric Dard compared the impressions one has after tasting this great wine to "the silence that follows a piece
by Mozart, in which the listener remains suffused with the music". this reflects the fact that Château d'Yquem stays on
the palate for a very long time, providing a unique prolonged pleasure. Frédéric Dard's quote is an attractive way of
describing a wine with a tremendously long way of describing a wine with a tremendously long aftertaste. The French refer
to this as "la queue du paon" (meaning that the wine displays its sutle beauty on the palate like a peacock spreading its
multicoloured tail feathers).
The mystery of taste
It is always dificult to describe wine-tasting experineces with any precision. The senses of sight, smell, taste, and
touch are all stimulated virtually at the same time. While gifted tasters can identify some of the aromas and falvours
in a glass of Yquem in an effort to define its complexity, they never really succeed in communicating its essence or
explaining its mystery. Mere analysis, whether chemical or organoleptic, is not sufficient to account for Yquem's greatness.
Perhaps this is because this rare wine, in fact, tells a story...
A lasting impression...
Discovering Château d'Yquem starts with the bouquet. Although not always very outgoing in young vintages, it is
marked by fruit (apricot, mandarin, and occasionally tropical fruit) and oak (vanilla and toasty aromas). Older vintages,
on the other hand, have an extraordinarily complex fragance as soon as the bottle is opened.
The bouquet is amazingle subtle, with hints of dried fruit (dried apricot, pruen, stewed fruit, and marmalade), spice
(cinnamon, saffron, and liquorice), and even flowers (linde blossom, etc.).
The first impression of Château d'Yquem on the palate is always very silky, and often sumptuous. It then fills out,
"coating the palate". This fine wine has a strong, but never overbearing character, with great elegance and poise. It
always maintains a balance between sugar and acidity (sweetness and freshness).
A touch of bitterness can also contribute to the overall harmony. Château d'Yquem's aftertaste is legendary, and it tells
another story, which lasts and lasts...