Monday, February 9, 2009

Château d'Yquem

Of all the French sauternes, Chateau d'Yquem is unquestionably the best of the sweet dessert wines. Produced from white grapes consumed of most of their liquid by the fungus butrytis cinerea, or "Noble Rot," this wine is syrupy bliss.
The harvesting of grapes consumed by the Noble Rot is difficult. Juices flow like molasses from the grapes when squeezed, but all the hard work of the vinter are well worth the effort when a bottle is opened at the end of a fine meal.

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