I had it with excellent crèpes Suzettes after an extraordinary dinner with escargots and tournedos Rossini.
The cork was black down to half its length but no deterioration below that. Pulled up with an ordinary corkscrew without any problems.
Amber color. Nose of honey, marzipan and apricots. First sip. Extraordinary concentration and balance. Ten minutes pause. Second sip (my vanilla ice cream to the crepes was melting). New aromas coming through. Arctic cloudberries maybe. Almost total elegance despite its power and concentration. Best wine I ever had.
Only flaw: I could have wished for just a little more acidity, but in turn, that could have reduced its elegance. Difficult to know.
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.
Verticale du Château Margaux: Une couleur évoluée qui trahit son âge. Le nez est suave et voluptueux, complexe et fascinant, sur des arômes d'abricots, de crème brulée, de champignons. La bouche est riche, avec une belle acidité, une gourmandise et une grande profondeur. C'est puissant, savoureux et d'une longueur exceptionnelle. Grand vin. 96 pts J'ai eu la chance de tomber pile dessus!
Nice and mature, bright nose of dried apricot and oranges. Shows good purity to the orange infused honey on the palate, with a small undercurrent of freshness and a graceful, medium finish. Unfortunately the acidity is mostly drowned out, but otherwise this is excellent.
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(Yquem) We finished up with a classic 1983 Yquem, sweet and delicious with lots of candle wax and honey. It was very stony in its aromatics, still sweet and decadent as only Yquem can be, with outstanding acidity (95).
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