Terroir and time can lead to some truly memorable, even magical wines experiences.

Buried Treasures: A Trove of Older French Wines

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We recently purchased parts of a few cellars containing a number of lovely wines, stored properly and awaiting drinking. There are some fabulous wines here from great producers in Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire, and the Rhône. This is a fine opportunity to taste some back vintages which someone else has taken the trouble to cellar for you. There are some well-priced everyday wines in addition to some memorable wines for special occasions. As always, we guarantee the condition of each bottle. -John McIlwain

 

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Yquem 1981 Sauternes .375 ml

(From half-bottle.) Though not considered a legendary vintage for Yquem, the 1981 has plenty of verve and class to recommend it. The nose shows apricot, orange marmalade, honey and brunt sugar and notes of vanilla. The palate is rich though, perhaps not as unctuous as more lauded vintages, offering flavors of burnt orange, crème brulée, pineapple, and honey. This is mature yet still has plenty of energy and freshness provided by the still lively acidity which carries through on the long and pleasingly bitter finish. John McIlwain

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