Just got an e-mail advertising a sale on Chateau d'Yquem Ygrec. I didn't even know this wine existed. Out of my price range and doesn't quite seem like it'd be my thing, but the write-up piqued my curiosity.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Instead of harvesting the fruit all at once for the wine, the fruit for this particular wine is harvested at two different times. (It is made from 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon) The first round of Sauvignon Blanc was picked early to impart the crisp acidity into the wine. The Semillon was picked next and it worked to balance the wine out so that it was less opulent and more crisp. Then the Château did something completely off the beaten path- they went back to harvesting and making Sauternes. After that was done, they then picked a second round of now, fully ripe grapes for the Ygrec (this is a highly unusual technique in winemaking). This allowed the winery to achieve parity between the two varietals thanks to the late picked fully ripened Semillion grapes. The first round was tremendously fresh and fruity while the second picking added body and richness.
Have any of you tried this?