Bottoms Up

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1976 Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007 at 6:48 pm in Uncategorized.

What did I drink on New Year’s Eve? People keep asking me. It’s not that interesting. A mix of Spanish Cavas, Alsatian sparklings and California stuff. I can’t remember. Maybe that’s because I keep pretending I was with my friend Michaela, who lived the dream: She had 1976 Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes, the nectar of the gods. A friend of her’s got a hold of the last bottle at K&L and they had it with two kinds of pâté (goose and duck). Then, later, with dessert. She describes it as the most balanced wine she’s ever had. The color was golden honey and it coated her mouth like liquid creme brulee, she said, but not overly sweet or syrupy or alcoholic. The finish went on forever, she said, ending on floral notes. They say the goal is to find the best bottle from your birth year. Well, this Sauternes is mine. I’m so glad I can live vicariously through Michaela’s grateful palate. I hope all those millionaires out there savor it as much as Michaela did.

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