honey, marmalade of oranges and apricots, unbelievable richness and complexity, all balanced by taut acidity. had 2 extravagant bottles with foie gras creme brûlée and sautéed foie gras with apple/leek compote. To die for.
From magnum at my 50th birthday bash. What a wine! Beautiful golden colour, a lovely nose of tropical fruits, varnish, burnt sugar, coconut. On the palate, this was so perfectly balanced, and it kept going and going and going. Drink over the next 25 years.
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(Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) A finely delineated nose if such a thing is possible, demonstrating a sweet and grainy acacia honey aroma. On the palate it has a ripe, rounded, expansive texture and a lovely depth, but with a precise, impeccable balance. This carries the wine across the palate, rather than enveloping it in a bath of luscious, honeyed texture, remaining poised, slightly detached, but fabulously elegant. This has a very fine style. Compared to the 2001, a lesser wine, but it still demonstrates the marvellous poise and structure that says this will last for decades in the cellar. Excellent.
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