Tasted blind, this wine had a brown/tan center with yellow rims. The high intensity nose displayed brown sugar, lemons, almond paste, and burnt orange.
I was convinced I was tasting the best bottle of Rieussec I have ever had. The wine was so rich, much more so than any Yquem I have ever had before (including another bottle of the '59). It had kaleidoscopic flavors and monstrous length.
While at its peak, it will last for 2 decades or so. Wildly great!
From a great looking bottle with a fully branded cork, this wine had a tan/brown center with yellow/tan rims. The high intensity nose showed sautéed oranges, brown sugar, pear, and citrus. It was more dramatic than other, younger vintages I have had. The intense orange notes reminded me of a great vintage of Rieussec.
However, this wine was not like Rieussec in the mouth. It was much more refined and integrated. It had great richness and yet was also incredibly refined and long. The mouthfeel was special.
Deep caramel in color, with a nose of apricot, orange marmalade, toffee, vanilla, bees wax, brown sugar and honey, the wine has exchanged its previous, vibrant, sweet, honeyed yellow fruits for a creme brulee, lemon peel and brown sugar character. Based on this bottle, I'd drink this sooner than later.
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