Incredibly young as you might expect, yet, delicious to drink already, due to its honey, vanilla, creamsicle, pineapple upside down cake nose. Fresh, sweet and concentrated, the long finish leaves you with loads of honey coated, pineapples and apricot sensations. If this is the only vintage of d'Yquem you own, I get why you might want to pop a cork. But patience will add a lot to the wine.
Mini vertical of 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005. Not quite as specularly complex as the others on the nose. On the palate also perfectly balanced richness and acidity, maybe a little less vibrant, but with equally fantastic persistence. Still a sensational wine with a long long future. 95-96+
An interesting juxtaposition against the 2011 tasted alongside. If this were any other wine I'd be ecstatic, but d'Yquem being d'Yquem the bar is set high. Lots of honey, apricot jam, quince, and butterscotch on the nose. Truly impressive, powerful concentration in the mouth, a level you're unlikely to see outside of d'Yquem. Long, lingering finish. This is definitely richer than the 2011, so I can see some people preferring the 2005 for this reason, but I think the balance between sweetness and acidity has slightly missed the mark here, and the 2011 is a little more interesting.
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