Scoring 19+ points out of 20 on the Dionysian Society International judging scale, with 13% alcohol and costing under $20 (back then) the 42 year-old wine, the 1976 Chateau Romer du Mayot Sauternes was outstanding!
The wine was holding well at its peak. It still was golden, not brown, (cool, dark cellars really help) and the apricot, honey, and creme brûlée flavors all came together with excellent acid.
Great Sauternes is never cloying. The sweetness quickly fades in the mouth leaving sun-dried fruit flavors. The 1976 Sauternes vintage was one of the very best in the entire 20th century. I have so few left.
Chateau Romer is a First Growth among the 1855 Classification of Sauternes and Barsac. The Botrytis cinerea, nobel rot, changes the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes into bags of sugar. This was served with cheesecake, but it could have easily been dessert all by itself. In Vino Veritas.