A storied, famous wine! This bottle was heading to dark amber, classic sweetness with good but not dynamic dimension - I expected more umph, but perhaps that vigor has faded with time. Certainly lovely. (HC NY)
A Yquem in its window of maturity which is no small longevity feat. This is all about mature creme brulee flavors with notes of ginger and orange peel. Rich and mature with exotic fruits and honeyed notes with tons of mineral flavors on the deeply complex finish. A more full-bodied, exotic style of Yquem not unlike what the '83 might be like in 15 more years.
Brilliantly paired with a calamansi souffle. Rich but not over the top nose of honey, caramel, butterscotch, fresh apricot, almond, and citrus notes. For all of its opulence the nose does not exude a dripping sweetness. On the palate those flavors are complemented by bitter marmelade, pineapple, candied lemon peel, and a very faint herbaceous note that first brought to mind Thai basil. For an older Yquem, and certainly for this lauded vintage, the exceptional finish is rather shorter than I would like. This is a wine to curl up with at the end of an evening and linger over.
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(Yquem) But it wasn’t over! There were two dessert wines to go, the first being a 1967 Yquem. The Yquem’s nose was sweet and musky, classic with its candle wax, nut and caramel aromas. While it came across mature, its color was so young. Wolf picked on it, citing ‘a hint of bitterness and not quite perfect.’ After getting to know Wolf’s collection intimately, it is easier to understand how ‘not quite perfect’ is a letdown! It was still clean and fresh to me, with delicious flavors of caramel, orange marmalade, butterscotch, peach and apricot. It didn’t last long in my glass - yum (96).
(Château d'Yquem) Beautiful medium dark orange color with red lights and pale meniscus; heavenly orange, caramel and creme brulee nose; tart orange, creme brulee, juicy, with great depth, apricot, dates, good acidity; long finish
(d’Yquem) Last and certainly not least in this flight was the legendary 1967 d’Yquem. Bipin remarked after one smell, ‘Yquem is Yquem.’ It had the most complex and exotic nose, honeyed of course, but also possessed marzipan, grilled nuts, crème brulee and musk. Its long and delicious palate was full of apricot, nut and apple flavors. Bipin continued that it was ‘very round like a Pomerol.’ It was clearly ahead of the pack, seemingly mature but still possessing hidden acidity. Candle wax flavors emerged in this very fine and slinky Yquem. Charles Chevalier commented how 2007 was going to be a great Sauternes year, by the way
(Château d'Yquem) From half bottles - lovely peach, amber gold color. The nose was the beautiful apricot one expects, with hints of hazelnut. From these small bottles, the wine was drinking beautifully now; rich, concentrated and unctuous apricot and nutty ambrosia, with a super long finish.
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