An Amazing Birthday Meal (San Francisco): Deep golden. Really great, high toned scents of volatility and ripe, tropical fruits. Medium weight. Sweeter and more vanilla bean than the '89 Foreau with very sound acidity but no botrytis. Seems at a plateau that could span another decade from here. I much preferred this to the 2001 tasted tonight for its intensity balanced with elegance.
Unbelievable. Wonderful. For me at his top but will live at least 20 years more. 99+. For my friend Thomas (his gift, vintage 1975) clearly 100 points. For him better than 1967, for me not.
Creme brulee, dried apricots, honey, figs, dates, vanilla, cream, spices, orange zest, lime cest, ripe mango, Hawaiin pineapple (because for me the best), the fresh young acidity makes this wine a milestone, would like to drink it again in 10 years, perfect bottle, not decanted, but it could be for 2 or 3 hours,gets better and better with time
Apricots, polishing wax, orange peel, honey, botrytis, sweet pineapple. Beautiful concentrated sweetness and maybe even more beautiful acidity. Still very powerful. This wine has probably still decades ahead. 98 - 99
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(Château d'Yquem) Light medium orange color with red light and clear meniscus; nice orange, light apricot, orange marmalade and tart green fruit nose, with possible light touch of TCA; tasty, youthful, tart lime marmalade, lime, tart apricot palate with poise and medium high acidity; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.
(Château d'Yquem) From 375 ml - dark apricot yellow color with canary yellow lights; nice coconut, almond and lemon tart nose; rich, poised, focused citrus, coconut, baked clementine and mineral palate with good acidity; long finish 93+ pts. (needs 8-10 more years)