From an excellent looking bottle, this wine had a honey/amber center and yellow rims. The medium+ intensity nose showed vanilla bean, honey, citrus, and some tobacco.
In the mouth, this wine was rich but relatively refined for a Sauternes. It had crisp acidity and fantastic balance. It is not one of the all-time great Y'quems but it is lovely in its own, understated way.
While it will last at this level for many years, there is no reason to wait.
Molasses, with copper accents in color, with a nose of butterscotch, caramel, apricot, orange, creme brulee and roasted nuts, you know you're in for a treat. The wine is silky, young, spicy, sweet, luscious and delicious. The finish really leaves an impression that you do not want to lose. The wine makes you keep your nose in the glass long after the last sip has been tasted.
Yes, Chateau Yquem is expensive, especially when compared to every other Sauternes. Perhaps in its youth, it's hard to know why. But pop a cork on any other 50 year old bottle of sweet, white Bordeaux next to an Yquem and the lights will go off. You'll get it!
Deep dark orange color, clear with sediment in the bottle. Nose of caramel and warm citrus. Similar flavors follow in a fully sweet but balanced version with a very long finish. Lithe yet thick and sweet, this is a big styled Yquem along the lines of the 89. Delicious but a bit one dimensional.
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