K&L High-End Bordeaux Tasting - October 2015 (K&L): Slight parmesan cheese rind, orange peel - candied, almond (toasted), marzipan, and saffron-waxy botrytis. Show-stopper of a nose - it gave me pause every time I smelled it. A bit acid-deficient, though.
K&L Bordeaux Tasting (K&L, Redwood City): Lovely medium-golden color with just a hint of orange; nose is highly aromatic with saffron, concentrated mandarin oranges, baking spice; palate is full bodied, rich, dense with sweetness and unctuous without being overwhelming, excellent acid to balance the sugar; medium-long finish. This is made in a slightly more unctuous style than classic Yquem and with slightly less complexity than the vey best vintages, but this has excellent balance, great concentration and length, and is a pleasure to drink. I tasted the 96 yquem recently, and compared to that this is a half-step behind only for its acidity and better complexity in the 96. 93-94
Retail $250/375ml. How do you describe an Yquem? This is the fourth Yquem that a dear friend has brought by, but the first note I have written. I dare not describe the wine for I am simply not worthy. Let me just say that I could sniff an ounce of this wine for the rest of my life. It is like seeing the Tour de France in person for the first time: You can try to describe it but your efforts are futile–the only way to understand is by going there yourself. Tasting it? I imagine it must be like racing in the Tour de France. But I have no idea. I’ve never raced in the Tour. One of the Best Wines I’ve Ever Had. 96-98 Points.
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