Sticky Releases – Yquem 2014 & Vin de Constance 2013

by David Porter

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A sticky start to the week with two outstanding Sweet Wines聽released already!聽Although at very different ends of the price spectrum, in terms of聽history, quality and聽reputation, these two have a聽surprising amount in common.

2014 CH脗TEAU YQUEM 1er Cru Class茅 Sauternes |聽拢2850 12聽x 75cl – In Bondyquem-2014

2013 VIN DE CONSTANCE Klein Constantia |聽拢200 – 6 x 50cl – In Bond

klein-constantia-2013There is no delivery charge for customers taking this wine Duty Paid or to any Elephant Storage Account

Chateau Yquem really needs no introduction as the undisputed king of Sauternes. The incredible terroir which is just so reliable for developing botrytis, twinned with a maniacal attention to detail and brutal selection process mean its production is uncompromising and the results are spectacular.

Both of these historic wines have had superb ‘celebrity endorsement’ over the years – with Thomas Jefferson famously ordering Yquem ‘ex-cellars’ and both wines were聽favourites of the Russian Royal聽court.

“..you pays your money and takes your choice..”

Vin de Constance too has a extraordinarily labour-intensive selection process with grapes being harvested one by one rather than as whole clusters or bunches. A huge number of different passes are made through the vineyards to ensure all the fruit is picked at the precise moment needed. Unusually for a 鈥楴ew World鈥 wine, Vin de Constance was big news in Europe throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Napoleon is said to have drunk almost聽a bottle every day of his exile on St Helena. Louis XVI and Frederick the Great were huge fans too. Jane Austen recommends it in Sense and Sensibility to sooth a broken heart and another French fan was Baudelaire, who suggests that only the 鈥榣ips of a lover were more heavenly sweet鈥︹ High praise indeed for something so exotic as a wine from Africa!

Following its early success the Constantia estate鈥檚 fortunes changed in the mid nineteenth century 鈥 with聽Phylloxera devastating the vineyards. It was not until 1979 that a revival聽started,聽when a local family picked up the pieces and planted new vines 鈥 this resurrection has continued as new owners took the reins in 2010, with deep pockets and huge ambition, not to mention some serious wine-business clout in the shape of Hubert de Bo眉ard and Bruno Prats.

We highly recommend both of these great wines. 聽These are fantastic propositions for the long-term – and will reward cellaring for at least 5 years but will continue to give joy almost indefinitely!

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