A beautiful, dark gold hue is the first thing you notice. The orange marmalade, apricot, honey. creme brulee, pineapple and white peach nose, shows a bit more citrus than tropical fruits normally found in Yquem. The finish is there, but the problem is, it's also gone before you know it. It lacks the lingering quality and freshness of the top vintages. Still, this is a nice wine. It's just not a great Yquem.
Medium bodied, and slightly coarse for Chateau d'Yquem, the wine was focused on the orange and tangerine side of the style range. Perhaps, it's a bit disappointing for Yquem overall, but in the context of the vintage, it's fine, as 1982 was much better for red Bordeaux wine. Drink this sooner than later if you have any.
A lesson in Sauternes by Jürg Richter (Restaurant Farnsburg, Switzerland): I never like this wine in the past tastings, but this time it was different. Initially, just aer a pop-and-pour I rated it 89 points and was unimpressed. It was nearly muted in the nose, quite floral with some honey notes. But then after 3 hours this baby tuned up and was showing so beautiful notes of caramel-fleur-de-sel with so much added weight and sweetness. That tells me that this one just needs to sit in the cellar for at least another 10 years.
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