This was quite nice today with good sweetness, acidity and complexity, but is still very youthful and needs, in my opinion, considerably more time. I don't think I'll open another bottle for 10 years or so.
From a half bottle and that is the only negative with this wine, will probably not store as well as 0,75l bottles, a little (to) yellow, but a wonderful wine, oily, powerful, long long aftertaste of fruits, citrus, honey, and the wine sits in the mouth for several minutes, wow !
I've not an experienced Yquem drinker.. but i've had quite a few sauternes.. the tropical fruit mixed with almond/nuttiness of the nose, the honey nectar of the palate, balanced with just the right amount of acidity to keeps it fresh and lively. Wow.. love love love.
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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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