We drank this over 3 days and it definitely was better after additional time opened, suggesting much greater life. Apricots, caramel, honey and creme brulee with perfectly nuanced botrytis. It is hard to ask for much more...except an even better year! Spectacular wine to sip and dwell on life's simple pleasures.
Took a long time to come around. Needs significant decanting at this stage. Very closed on first cork pull. Decanted this for a dinner, it really started pushing the throttle after 6hrs of airing. A beautiful and powerful d'Yquem. Sensory overload of honey, caramel, ripe and dried apricot. Cascading layers and layers of richness. Just the slightest bit of VA and acetone. Not the most complex d'Yquem but a lovely wine.
Okay, so it is not the 2001 in terms of concentration, but it is still an absolute wonder of all you can ask for in the genre; apricot, lemon candy, caramel, honey – and acidity. I guessed 1997 on this one, close enough for jazz, I think. Tastes this over 5 days, no signs of decline what so ever. A life ahead, but no harm in drinking a bottle now, if you have it.
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