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Community Tasting Notes (3) Avg Score: 93 points

  • From the Enomatic machine at Hedonism Wines. Nose is a bit advanced with some aromas of orange liqueur and a slightly worrying hint of Madeira. Definitely not a bottle in prime condition. The palate has a bit of the signature caramel coconut thing going on, but this Yquem has a big focus on the orange peel flavours. I could have pegged this as a Suduiraut, to be honest. The length is short, but haunting.

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  • Farewell to Blu Dinner (Blu, Shangri-La, Singapore): Amber brown in colour, this was amazing stuff. From an unheralded vintage, yet it threatened to unseat some of the very starry wines on the night to take the gong as the group's overall favourite. It had a beautiful nose, pure d'Yquem, with a familiar ring of coconut milk and creme caramel dancing out of the glass alongside mature notes of kumquats and dried lemons, sweet apple and figs, with a little streak of metal and mineral running through the sweeter tones. Wonderful aromas, with an incredible complexity to them. If anything, the palate was even better. It still held qutie a solid amount of sweetness for such an old vintage, with deep flavours of burnt caramel, Gula Melaka (brown palm sugar) and more sweet and savoury coconut milk tones forming a base for fresher notes of apples, lemon and limes. There were also entrancing little top-notes of Oolong tea and ferrous minerality prancing around the midpalate. There was such depth and compelxity here. With time, more and more layers of flavour seemed to emerge from the core of the wine, with golden honey tones and dried apricots, moscovado sugar and a hint of coffee pulling away into a long finish which was at once perfectly balanced and wonderfully integrated. A ridiculously delicious wine. It has a long life ahead of it yet, but boy was it good on the night.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/6/2008, (See more on 94 points

    (Château d'Yquem) Medium orange color with red lights; beautiful blood orange and lime nose; wonderful, blood orange, lime and crystalized orange palate, surprisingly fresh; long finish

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