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Not so impressed by 2003 Château d'Yquem

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Not so impressed by 2003 Château d'Yquem

StriperGuy | Nov 3, 2007 11:44 AM

So I'm a huge wine lover. And in particular a big fan of dessert wines. I have had dozens of different botrytis wines including most of the top Sauternes, Barsacs, and Monbazillacs in some vintage or other. My current favorite a Chateau Memoires Cadillac is a remarkable wine (and rather reasonable $ if somewhat hard to find.) Just for the record I also love ports and have had some very tasty ones dating back as far as 1945...

That said I have never tasted Château d'Yquem... A lot to spend on a bottle, never got around to it, etc. I tend to have good Sauternes in my cellar all the time and save the big $ for port.

I found myself in Gaslight, a Boston restaurant last night and was perusing the wine list as usual, and they have Château d'Yquem 2003 by the glass for $32. Well that was my chance. I bought a glass to share with a friend whose birthday it was...

Sweet certainly, and tasty, some nice other fruity notes, but not the drop dead, mindblowing, definition-of-Sauternes flavor I expected. And honestly light on botrytis-character. Again, I would not complain if someone said: "here taste this." I would have said "wow nice Sauternes." But tasting blind, would never in a million years have said "ah ha, this is Yquem."

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