Copper; white raisins, apricots, kumquats, yeast donuts, lychees, cloves; semi-sweet, raisin, apricot, 3-fruit marmalade, honey, creamy, decadent, good acidity, excellent balance, good structure, long finish. Syrupy marmalade, clover honey and brioche. Complex with high pedigree. Drinking well now but still evolving as it breathed. Delicious with blue cheese.
Sure, it was delicious, with bright, golden fruit, nectarine marmalade, golden raisins, and a long, sweet finish. And I'm very grateful for the opportunity to taste it. But d'Yquem (like DRC, to me) rarely has evoked in me the response that its price and pedigree would otherwise suggest. Amali with Bruce, Michel and Stephen V.
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(Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) Dense, fairly well concentrated, with an evocative nose, and a fine spine of acidity. There is good botrytis character here too, as well as a little residual oak. Full, creamy, rather light-footed and delicate, but this gives a nice balance based on that fine and firm acidity. It has elegance, and a very good length. Whilst not a great Yquem, it is certainly very fine for the vintage. I think my last score may have been a little harsh, although that time it was lined up against a number of superior vintages, including the 1997 and 1990.
(Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) Average temperatures. Dry September, late botrytis. A moderate gold colour, but not the depth of the other vintages on show. Smoky white fruits, showing good depth of mature fruit aroma, and some good quince notes, but little botrytis otherwise. Full, sweet, maturing fruit. There is a mineral depth that adds interest here, and although botrytis character is subtle I like it more than other 1996s I have tasted. I like this, taking into account the weak vintage for Sauternes.
(Château d'Yquem (Sauternes)) A rich and maturing hue, a golden orange hue. Hints of toffee on the nose, which I find rather obvious, along with scents of bitter Seville oranges; sure, there is elegance here, but it comes with that firm suggestion of bitterness too, and there is also a faintly volatile note. Hints of almonds. Supple, quite savoury style, with some dry wood elements. Rich, honeyed, complex, bitter fruits, with touches of burnt toffee. Good but not a great example of Yquem.
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