Having just read that Chat. d'Yquem will sell its 2007 vintage in nebuchadnezzars, I couldn't help but to wonder, "What if it's corked?" I have a hard time imagining paying $17,000+ for a bottle, knowing that a bad cork (something not at all rare) could make it essentially worthless. Anyone here have any horror stories to tell about precious bottles (especially large format) that have been ruined?
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After reading George M. Taber's "To Cork or Not to Cork," I got the impression that there is a greater likelihood of cork taint if the cork is of lower quality (like the four tainted ones in one case of $12 Spanish red I bought this summer).

I would hope that the cork Yquem uses on these large format bottles (and indeed for their entire production) would come from the most reputable cork supplier. The sheets of bark that these corks come from probably didn't sit in a rural backyard for weeks developing mold, like the ones being sold to some producers of agglomerated cork.

In fact, if I were to pay $17000 for a bottle, I would want someone from Yquem to personally supervise the selection, punching, treatment, and stamping of that cork!
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In fact, if I were to pay $17000 for a bottle, I would want someone from Yquem to personally supervise the selection, punching, treatment, and stamping of that cork!


I'm not sure if there's a word for multi-generation (vs. lifetime) guarantee, but I would want one Smile

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