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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