Time to Taste 2000 Bordeaux (R&D's): From 750ml, courtesy of our hosts. Initially a bit reticent, this opened some in the glass revealing aromas of honeyed citrus, orange zest and cloves. Lighter on the palate than the BAs, with flavors that follow the bouquet. A bit simple, but there's nice fruit and acid. I preferred the BAs tonight.
Served double blind. Clearly Sauternes, I thought it slightly younger (2002?). Very bright overall. Dried apricot and candied lemon peel. More subtle botrytis than typical for d'Yquem, but great harmony and easy pleasure.
A private tasting and dinner (Bilthoven): Half bottle. Very oaky, still a bit disjointed, ripe fruit and lots of botrytis, lacks finesse but powerful and concentrated, good length. I am glad to say that, tasting blind, I immediately recognised this, before allowing myself to be confused by my fellow tasters...
Rich, balanced & smooth on initial fruit, dried apricots, honey, figs, some minerals, vanilla, and creamy orange. Its incredibly layered on the finish. Personally I'd like a little bit more acidity to cut through the fat silky fruit, but its hard to not be knocked over by the incredible balance and length. Near perfection.
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(Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) Above average temperatures. Storms in July. Harvest began September 24th with intermittent rain. A moderately pale lemon-gold. A simple nose; just some candied fruit. Somebody overlooked the need for botrytis in this vintage. Sweet palate, moderate concentration, but no great depth. Lacks botrytis character and the complexity that would ensue. Good finish and length though. Now it is apparent why this vintage was released at such a low price, but perhaps it will develop in bottle.
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