One of our favorite D'Yquems to date. A evolving set of fruits emerged over the course of two hours. The wine was not as thick as other vintages, but perhaps we liked this better. Ready to drink now, but should last for decades more as well. Drank from a 375 which we bought on futures.
MASTER AIS BORDEAUX; 10/22/2014-11/30/2014 (HOTEL WESTIN PALACE MILANO): 80% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon. 100% Legno nuovo. Ambrato scintillante, colore più pieno e intenso rispetto a Climens. Pepe, vernice e tante albicocche. Ha tanto di etereo e verniciato, serve tempo e decanter. In bocca è il classico Yquem molto denso e concentrato, colloso, ma lo sviluppo del frutto è talmente graduale che lascia esterrefatti. Quasi masticabile. Ha una tale concentrazione zuccherina ed è così persistente da indurre il palato a salivare per contrastarla. Caramello della crosta della Créme Brulé. Non un campione di finezza e bevibilità, ma sempre impressionante
Wine Dinner; 10/24/2014-10/26/2014 (Bella Trattoria, San Francisco): From a 375. Fresher, lighter styled nose, caramel; palate is full bodied but light on its feet, minerally, persistent through the palate, grapefruit on the palate, tangy citrus; finish is long. Exceptional sauternes and a very good Yquem, lacking only the extra level of complexity and length of the best vintages. An Yquem that would pair fabulously with a wide variety of food. Still many years ahead of it. 93-95. 94 Day 6: More of a golden-coppery tone; nose has great subtle complexity with fantastic depth of caramel, rich fruits; palate has persistent fruit, rich and flavorful but light and refreshing. Fantastic, and probably the best balanced out of the 95, 98, and 11 served together. A real treat, and a nice one to have in the cellar for the next few decades. 94-95+ Day 7: Similar to yesterday. One point of clarification: despite describing this wine as lighter and more minerally, that is only in comparison to the '98. It is still an opulent (but balanced) rich wine with excellent acidity, still very much in the classic Yquem style. This is still a youngster with much life ahead and a lot of potential development. 94-95, maybe 95 today.
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