Apricot, pear, sweet dark honey, and sappy honeysuckle. This under-rated vintage has a lot to offer and is in its drinking window. This will last, although unlikely to further develop significantly, and would drink over the next five years.
To finish off a fabulous night Matty G put on two Yquem that came out of the cellar of Peter and Margaret Lehmann. The 1971 Chateau d’Yquem was sweet, rich and textured. It had notes of coconut, mandarin peel, honey and apricot. It was quite luscious and exotic and had excellent length and a fresh finish.
Color: deep mature gold edging toward amber. Incredible bouquet of apricots, brown sugar, molasses and slice of freshly cut lime. Tremendous palate presence showing bracing, vibrant acidity allied with lovely elements of creme brulee, butterscotch, caramel, toffee, apricots, peaches . . . . Yep, this is the real deal. Really fascinating that I found this even better after being open for a full day -- on the first day I found the acidity to be almost too aggressive! Nearly perfect structure, ridiculously long finish. The old adage is true: you can never truly have too much Y'quem in your cellar. Buy it. Age it. Enjoy it.
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