Eric Ifune wrote:Tough question.
1856 Barbeito Bual
1959 JJ Prum Feinste Auslese
1989 Huet Cuvee Constance
1973 Bollinger RD (about 20 years after disgorgment)
Eric: Oh, the 59 Prums! I had a bottle of the 1959 Wehlener/Zeltinger Sonnuhr Feinste Auslese once (given as a gift by the buyer after I successfully negotiated a cellar sale). A truly remarkable wine, and a bit of history at the same time, as then you could legally combine the Wehlen and Zelting parcels of Sonnuhr (Sonnenuhr).
It won me a bet, thus avoiding the cost of a truly huge and expensive dinner. The bet was with a man who maintained that there could be no finer dessert-style wine than Chateau d'Yquem. I allowed him to make the call (even allowed that he could lie if he wanted), and allowed him to compare it against any d'Yquem he wished. He paid gladly.
The only time I've ever seen a grown man try to lick the inside of a wine glass with his tongue was when he had finished the last drop of the 59 Prum.
And the next morning, he called me very early to tell me that when he woke up, he was licking his lips and thinking about how magical that wine was.