A very pleasant surprise. 5 bottles from a newly opened case in the cellar. One oxidised, four in fine shape. Delicious slightly nutty taste of grain and grape, smooth and fulfilling. It has a little edge, and good length. Very popular with our 17 guests as an aperitif on the lawn overlooking the river before the annual Ure salmon fishing dinner. Much more interesting than the 2009 Verget St Veran 1er cru or the 2013 Provencal rose which we also offered before dinner. Some even preferred to stick with it to accompany the sea trout. Excellent right now; I don't know whether or not it will last for many more years.
7 bottles with fresh wild sea trout at our annual Ure fishing dinner. Deepish colour but a little watery. A lightish wine, albeit with moderate length in the best bottles. Some bottle variation -- at least one lacked body, structure and length. But pleasant to good on the whole, if lacking the vigour of generics and village wines from the Cotes de Nuits in this excellent vintage. Fully ready, but not that inspiring. It may have been better when last tasted over 2 years ago, but it is not yet noticeably in decline.
Two bottles with pannacotta & summer fruits to round off our annual Ure salmon fishing dinner party. Plenty of salmon in the river, but levels are low, so they are all resting in deep holes waiting for fresh rain to fall up the dale. A 45lb fish caught recently on a spinner at Naburn, and a 30 lb fish on the fly at Jervaulx. Back to the Yquem -- mature honey colour, but not yet dark. Fine nose of honey, lanolin & grain. Complex flavours with a touch of biscuit, noticeable acidity, mature, delicious, and with plenty left in the tank. Some fine residue at the end of both bottles.