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Dec 16, 2010 05:54 AM

What is the Best Dessert wine?

What is the Best Dessert wine you ever had? My favourites are OREMUS TOKAJI ESZENCIA 2000, Taylor Fladgate 20 yr old Tawny Port.

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  1. Tawse Cabernet Icewine ... perfectly balanced acidity to offset the sweet ... the cabernet is so much more interesting that the Riesling and Vidal versions

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    1. re: CocoTO

      1975 d'Yquem gold standard for ethereal dessert bliss

      1. re: drumwine

        I have a bottle of the 80 haven't tried it yet I think I will open it at christmas to compare with the Oremus eszencia.

        1. re: drumwine

          I have to agree. The '45, the '64, the '70 and the '90 were all excellent, though obviously not :everyday wines."

          Much also depends on the dessert, at least for me.

          I love my VP's, but seldom take them with food. For Ports w/ food, the two top performers for me are the Taylor-Fladgate 20 year Tawny, and the Porto Barros 20 year Tawny, especially with my wife's pecan pie!

          An odd little "ringer" was the Cloudy Bay LH Riesling (about 1990?), that was only available at the winery. Had it in a "taste-off" with some heavy-hitting TBA's and Eiseweins, and it was the winner there. I tried of years to score some more, but could not in the US, and I pulled every string that I could.


          1. re: Bill Hunt

            " have to agree. The '45, the '64, the '70 and the '90 were all excellent, though obviously not :everyday wines."

            Did you mean Yquem? It's my understanding that the '64 was not produced.

            1. re: craig_g

              Maybe take a look at the years of production here:

              Middle of the page.

              Not sure where that info came from?



              1. re: Bill Hunt

                "On average, 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 nine times in the 20th century: 1910, 1915, 1930, 1951, 1952, 1964, 1972, 1974, and 1992."

                The footnote says that this came directly from the Chateau. I've seen it reported elsewhere, including Broadbent's "Vintage Wine."

                1. re: craig_g

                  That which I tasted had the official label and was quite goo.

                  That's the best that I can offer.

                  Have you personally tasted that vintage? What did you think?


      2. One of the most delicious things I have ever had in my mouth is real German Eiswein. It's been years, but my palate remembers... Other than Yquem, nothing else comes close, although there are many delicious dessert wines.

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        1. re: ChefJune

          For my taste I prefer a great TBA over either Eiswein or Yquem. At the end of a long night I need the acidity, and Yquem can be very heavy, not ideal after gluttony. As much as I admire a great Yquem, if I'm ending a meal with Sauternes I'd usually rather have Climens. (Yes, I know it's actually Barsac.)

          1. re: craig_g

            Oh...oh...Climens. So fine.

            BTW, I am guilty of lumping Barsac into the Sauternes category for ease of conversation.

        2. A Greco di Bianco from Cantine Stelitano, Bianco (Calabria).

          1. Probably not the best, but some of my favorites were :
            P. Foreau, Clos Naudain, Goutte d'Or 1990
            Quinto de Noval Nacional 1934
            Schoffit Clos St Theobold Rangen de Thann Pinot Gris SGN 1989
            and what l try to drink quite often is Macvin from the Jura

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            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              Well, I am glad that the QdN Naçional '34 was great. I cannot imagine having that with any food, and no cigars (usually do one with Tawneys, but not with my VP's) within a mile, but that is just me. I am jealous. I passed on a bottle some years ago, and almost wish I had not. I will probably never know if I have missed one of the great pleasures in life. Maybe if I am reincarnated?


            2. Yes, "best" is certainly not the same as "favorite," nor even the same as "most memorable I ever had" . . .

              Best: an imposible question to answer; it's subjective.

              Favorite: to me, that implies that I can go back to it again and again (as in "Cherry Garcia" is my favorite ice cream, or "Espresso Vivace" is my favorite Seattle café.

              Most memorable (by 5's):

              1) Vintage Porto: 1948 Taylor's, 1945 Taylor's, 1935 Taylor's; 1945 Graham's; 1935 Sandeman.

              2) German/Alsace: 1937 Schloss Schonbörn Erbacher Marcobruner TBA, 1971 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Auslese, 1970 Schloss Vollards Auslese Eiswein; 2004 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Clos Windsbuhl Vendange Tardive; 2004 Zind-Humbrecht Tokay Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Vendange Tardive.

              3) Sauternes/Barsac: 1928 Château Climens; 1967 Château Suduiraut; 1971 Château d'Yquem, 1967 Château d'Yquem, 1947 Château d'Yquem.

              Madeira, Sherry, and other wines . . . we'll skip for now.

              Favorites: Henriques & Henriques 15-year old Bual or Malmsey (or 10-year old, if the 15 is unavailable); A.A. Ferreira "Duque de Bragança" 20-year old Tawny Porto; Neipoort 10-year old Tawny Porto; Lustau (Old) East India Sherry.


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              1. re: zin1953

                The Vendage Tardives from Trimbach in the Alsace are also AMAZING.

                1. re: zin1953


                  You triggered my memory (something that I need more, and more often nowadays). I have to add an 1863 Smith-Cossart Verdelho Madeira and the 1971 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Auslese. hosted by Heir Müller himself.

                  Thanks for the jog,


                  PS - what did you think of the '48 Taylor-Fladgate? Had it for wife's50th, and it was very good, but we both thought that the '63 and the '70 might have been better. Lot can change in an older bottle of VP, especially one that was bottled by the distributor in the UK, from the barrel, many years before. Just curious. Very good, but not the best.

                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    Do you know who the UK bottler was? At a big Taylor vertical (back to 1900) a few years ago, the '48 was the star of the show, even alongside great '00, '08, '12, '27, '35 and others. The greatest VP of my life so far. That particular bottle barely eclipsed Nacional '63.

                    Taylor '66 isn't quite as well known as '63 or '70 but on the one occasion I had it, it was outstanding.

                    1. re: craig_g

                      I might have that info, but not handy. This was served up, just as we moved form Denver to Phoenix, and my wife flew back to Denver, just for this event. I think that I may still have the bottle, but am not sure if there is any info on it. If I can find it, I will be glad to share.


                  2. re: zin1953

                    You are a lucky, luck y man!
                    My current favorite: Kracher Gruner Vetliner /Chardonnay Eiswein I had at the Taste of Austria event in May. Rosenhof also make a Gruner Eiswein that's tasty as well
                    Loves me some good sweet stuff.

                    1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

                      I'll never forget a Kracher tasting in Austria -- must have had 35 of his wines. He was still alive then. Unforgettable -- and a healthy dose of fusel!

                      Another great tasting was of about 40 Picolit while in Friuli. That's another great one.

                      1. re: maria lorraine

                        Had a Kracher TBA over christmas 2000 I think it was. It was very good but a Reisling Auslese was even better Schloss Johannisberg 2006 Furst Von Metternich.

                    2. re: zin1953

                      The first "expensive" wine I ever bought was in 1970 when I split a case of Chateau d'Yquem with a buddy at $17 per bottle. Not a bad investment! But we now have one bottle left (drank the others to celebrate weddings of 3 kids and 2 retirements). We can't bear to drink a wine that expensive. The Comte de Lur Saluce said when I dined with him and James Beard at the Stanford Court in 1992 that the 1967 was "too good to drink". I have no idea what that means, but it is very good. If you want to buy it for a special occasion, let me know, dave1 at wcf dot com.

                      1. re: bubba_frisco_dave

                        Drink it Dave!

                        You can buy that 1970 d'Yquem outright for about 250 bucks or bid for it at internet auction for around 170 bucks or so. You would pay more for dinner and wine at a fancy restaurant! Life is short- drink the wine :)

                        1. re: sedimental

                          In the FWIW Dept., the 1970 is not the greatest vintage. It was overly hyped at release, but the 1970 Château d'Yquem actually has very little Botrytis. 1967, 1971, 1976: yes! The 1970, however, is sweet without Botrytis.

                        2. re: bubba_frisco_dave

                          Sorry I wasn't clearer. I bought the wine in 1970, the vintage was 1967. It is worth somewhere between $1-2K.

                          1. re: bubba_frisco_dave

                            Oh, okay. Yes, the 1967 is stellar and pricey. You need a very nice occasion!