Château D’Yquem is one of those wines that is simply a proverbial Mecca for wine enthusiasts around the world. It is made in an area near the Garonne Valley, known for the production of sweet, beautiful white wines. The Château D’Yquem is no exception here.
The wine itself is pure magic. It is bold, forward, and has a distinct sweetness to it. To the eye: the wine presents a beautiful, golden-straw yellow. It is playful and coy. On the nose: the bouquet presents wonderful aromas of apricot and oak for younger vintages, while older vintages promote rich notes such as dried fruit, spice, and licorice. On the palate: the sip is rich, pure, and silky-smooth. It coats the tongue like someone wrapping themselves in a warm blanket on a cold winter’s night. The finish is long, complex, and powerful. One will not want to eat or drink anything else after a glass of Château D’Yquem.
There is some heated debate about when to uncork a bottle of Château D’Yquem. Many wine experts state that a bottle should not be opened for at least 30 years, while others state that it can be enjoyed at any time. Whatever the case, there is no wine out there quite like Château D’Yquem.
Store your unopened bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 15°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.