Not pronounced Y but “E-grec”, this dry wine is of the reputed Chateau d’Yquem, made of about equal proportions of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. A 2006 vintage, we drank the distinctive wine in its relative infancy.
Rich and viscous, the wine had the aromas of a Sauternes, but with a tight acidic punch. Dry yet oily, it was an extreme mixture of the two worlds. Have you ever had the experience of thinking that you are drinking milk whilst you are actually drinking orange juice? Drinking Y had the same uncanny sensation, where you smell the sweetness of noble rot, but then tastes something entirely dry and oaky, which for me, is plain weird and confusing.
This wine was definitely something to remember. Absolutely fuming with the funkiness of cilantro, the wine at once exploded with tropical notes of peach, apricot and pineapples. And lots of oak. I was much too overwhelmed by all the excitement of this crazy vino party. Probably due to the fact that I am more acquainted with white wines of a simpler style, drinking Y just made my head spin. It definitely needs some bottle ageing to mellow it down a couple notches. Or maybe I am the one that needed some mellowing down. My nascent palatte and its lack of sophistication just can’t cope with all this complexity. Very intense.
I am willing to taste this roller coaster ride again once I am ready.
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