Absinthe Pernod Fils "Garanti Fabriqué en 1913"

This is the classic "benchmark" Pernod Fils with the labels overprinted "Fabriqué en 1913"
(made in 1913). This is a very rare bottling - these bottles were the very last stock produced
by Pernod before the ban in 1914. They were sent to Holland for safekeeping and a small
quantity were released 25 years later for export in 1938 with this special overprinted label.
The balance of the stocks was unfortunately destroyed by bombing during the war. Photos
show the bottle still covered in the original cellar dust!
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Château d'Yquem
The Taste of Pure Gold
In the Bordeaux Classification of 1855, Château d'Yquem was given the unique and unsurpassable rank of  
Premier Cru Supérieur, ahead of all other Sauternes, indicating its perceived superiority and ability to
command by far the highest prices. The wines of Château d'Yquem are characterised by their complexity,
concentration and longevity. In a good year, a bottle will only begin to show its qualities after a decade or
two of cellaring and with proper care, will keep for a century or more, gradually adding layers of taste and
hitherto undetected overtones.

The site has been home to a vineyard since at least 1711 when the estate was owned by Léon de Sauvage
d'Yquem. In 1785 it passed to the Lur-Saluces family when Françoise-Joséphine de Sauvage d'Yquem
married Count Louis-Amédée de Lur-Saluces, the godson of Louis XV and Lady Victoire de France.
Monsieur Lur-Saluces died three later, and his widow then focused her energy on sustaining and improving
the estate; indeed, the Château at it is now stands is largely due to her work, as well as that of her
descendants, who ran the property for over 200 years and whose name remains on the label to this day.

While envoy to France, Thomas Jefferson visited the château and later wrote, "Sauterne. (sic) This is the
best white wine of France and the best of it is made by Monsieur de Lur-Saluces." Jefferson ordered 250
bottles of the 1784 vintage for himself, and additional bottles for George Washington. However, at that
time the technique of allowing noble rot to infect the grapes had not yet been discovered, so the wine
Jefferson was drinking was effectively a different sweet wine. Remarkably, the size of Château d'Yquem
was, however, the same in 1788 as it is today.

For most of the 20th century the Château was run by the Marquis Bernard de Lur-Saluces who developed
and enhanced its reputation until his death in 1968. Since 1996, Château d'Yquem has been owned by the
French luxury goods giant LVMH, who bought 51% of the Château from the family of the Comte Alexandre
de Lur-Saluces after a bitter family feud.

In 2006 a 135-year "vertical" (containing every vintage from 1860 to 2003) was sold at auction in London
for $1.5 million, one of the highest prices ever paid for a single lot of wine.
Some previously sold bottles of vintage Yquem:
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The vineyard extends to 113 hectares between the villages of Sauternes and Fargues, though only around 100 hectares are in
production at any time. The vines consist of around 80% Sémillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, though the latter's productivity
means that the proportions are more equal in the final wine. Yquem's success stems largely from the site's susceptibility to
attack by Botrytis cinerea, the "noble rot" which is at the heart of all the great sweet wines of Bordeaux.

The harvesting is carefully timed, and the pickers pass through each row of vines at least a half dozen times to ensure that only
the best grapes are selected. The resulting yield is never more than 900 litres per hectare, compared to the usual 2,000 to 3,000
litres in Sauternes. The grapes are pressed three times and transferred to oak barrels for maturation over a period of three and
a half years.

On average, only 65,000 bottles are produced each year. In a poor vintage, the entire crop is deemed unworthy of bearing the
Château's name; this happened 9 times in the 20th century (1910, 1915, 1930, 1951, 1952, 1964, 1972, 1974, 1992).

Chateau d'Yquem from fine vintages has an extraordinarily long life, bottles of 100 years and older may be found in excellent
condition if properly kept. The wines from the very greatest vintages - 1847, 1869, 1921, 1929, 1937, 1959, 1967, 1989 - seem
to be almost immortal.
Château d'Yquem 1929 - SOLD

48 bottles, original corks and capsules, reconditioned labels and wooden cases from the Château.

From the "Marais" cellar, discovered in Paris in 2009.

These bottles come from an old Parisian family cellar 6 metres under the cobbled stones of the Marais district in
Paris. They were bought on their initial release ex Chateau in the early 1930's, and never touched or moved since.
With great old wines like this, provenance is everything, with the single exception of the famous "Doris Duke"
cache of the same wine (equal to, certainly not better than these bottles), these are the greatest Yquem 1929's in
existence, and Yquem 1929 is one of the greatest vintages ever, of the greatest sweet wine in the world.

Last year I had the great privilege of sharing a bottle of Yquem 1929 from this cellar with an international wine
master friend - it was arguably the finest single bottle of wine I have ever drunk - incredible complexity and
finesse with amazing richness, to taste it was really an exceptional experience.

Robert Parker apparently feels the same way, here is his review of Yquem 1929:
Hedonist Dinner One, Château Robuchon, Tokyo, Japan, December 2004
"We ended with perfection, an extraordinary 1929 Château d'Yquem. While the color was a medium amber, the wine was
incredibly rich, revealing notes of crème brûlée, orange marmalade, caramel, and honeysuckle. This magnificent bottle
concluded the greatest meal along with the greatest wines I have ever had in my life." 99/100

As you will see in the photos below, the levels are outstanding for an 80 year old wine with original corks: very top shoulder.
Yquem agreed to relabel all the bottles, and to supply a new wooden original wooden case (owc) for each individual bottle, AS
WELL as larger owc's that take 6 of the individual wooden boxes each (they only offer the service for bottles they consider of
unimpeachable provenance and historic importance).

Although the bottles are relabelled, they have NOT been recorked, these are the original branded corks, absolutely untouched.

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Chateau Yquem 1921 en magnum
Château d'Yquem 1921 magnum - SOLD

Château bottled. This was the last year the Count Lur Saluces sold any wine in cask. Many of
the surviving 1921 bottles are bottled by Van der Meulen in Belgium – these are inferior to the
château-bottled versions.

The dark colour (in reality a dark amber gold) is exaggerated by the flash photography, but is
absolutely typical and characteristic of this vintage. 1921 is the darkest of all Yquems,
followed interestingly enough probably by the 1847 which has a similar colour, although
fractionally lighter.
Château d'Yquem 1921 - SOLD

Another bottle showing the typical dark colour of the vintage.
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