Sunday, June 19, 2022
LeDomduVin: Château d'Yquem 1900 close-up
Although I left my position as Wine Quality Control Director, nearly a year ago, after doing it for 9 years in my previous job, I still love doing wine inspections and checking out these old and rare ladies in every detail.
A few days ago, I had the opportunity to do a brief inspection of a few bottles that were bought by the wine team of one of our outlets, which included some old and rare gems, like this Yquem 1900.
It's not every day, that one gets to spend some time with a 122-year-old doyenne. Always a very humbling experience.
Always a pleasure to scrutinize these ladies everywhere and even gently lift up their capsules to look at what's underneath. 😀 😄 (we're still talking about a bottle of wine, right? 😉)
This particular bottle showed great level and boasted a very hypnotic dark-blood-orange-gold colour. The capsule and label were in good condition and show no counterfeiting signs, even under the microscope and the blue light either.
In my previous job, we had a "Yquem Gold Collection" boasting more than 150 vintages, from 1825 to recent years.
Consequently, I'm very acquainted with this particular type of old bottle of Yquem, and most of them have been reconditioned at Château, back in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, and it is normally indicated somewhere.
Yet, despite an impeccable label and cork, this particular bottle did not show any sign, either on the cork or on a separate label, that it has been recorked or reconditioned in the last 40 years... strange, I definitely need to investigate further 🤔🤔🤔, I will ask the Château.
Otherwise, that's a "Passed" for me! How about you? What do you think? Superb colour, isn't it?
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