“Y” @1985


Just think of a dry white wine after 28 years in the bottle. Just think that Château d’Yquem produces only a few hundred cases of their dry white wine “Y” pronounced like the letter in French (e-grec) made from semillion and sauvignon blanc.

The cork and wine were both incredible and in the best condition you could ever imagine. The cork had been drinking the wine without any real negative effect on the wine. I compared it with another cork to demonstrate to the Sous Chef @ the Park Hotel (Sven) and it was noticeably different, much heavier. It is true that corks do enjoy their own wines.

This is a comet vintage, so I couldn’t resist trying it! Some of the most heralded vintages in the last couple of centuries, such as the 1811, 1985 and 1989 vintages have coincided with a notable appearance of a comet.

The wine had perfect golden color, in the mouth slight age (no discoloration) that gave way to giving the impression it was at the peak but it wasn’t.

I didn’t drink the entire bottle the same night and the next evening the wine was still fresh, a hint of oxidation but very slight and it was still creamy, rich, intense and aged, a wonderful memory to share with my wife.

(96+ Points)