Not that I have a lot of experience with a d'Yquem (very little in fact) but I was told this was from a bad year. If they could make a wine of this quality from a bad year, what would one from a good year taste like? Elegant nectar from the gods with plenty of dried apricots, jackfruit, honey, starfruit, quince, stone fruits, stone minerals and hints of something aniseedy.
From a 375. Color is deep gold with only a very faint hint of orange, excellent for its age with a cork that has almost no penetration (~1mm); nose is full bodied, dense, full of baking spices, good underlying fruit, nose takes a bit of coaxing; palate is full bodied, rich and smooth, candied orange fruit with some orange peel, good freshness at first with solid minerality, lovely white fruit throughout but seems more of one or two notes, not the usual combination of multiple flavors and acidities traditional to Yquem; flavors of fruit and fresh minerals persist through finish where the fresh minerals take over, surprisingly medium-long finish. An interesting experience, since this is the first "off year" Yquem that I'm trying, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Overall the wine is much better than expected with good balance of richness and acidity, persistent flavors, and a surprisingly medium-long finish, though it does lack the vibrance and complexity of multiple flavors that dance over my tongue in the best years of Yquem. An impressive effort for the vintage, and very enjoyable to drink especially at a discount as this was at auction. (And a fabulously stored auction bottle at that...) I'm glad I got to try it. 91 Day 2: Again, good richness and spice throughout, good balanced acidity on palate, but flavors just aren't quite as complex as they usually are with Yquem. Consistent with note from yesterday. I'm again impressed by the balance and overall enjoyment, but again note the relative lack of depth compared to other Yquem. Day 3: Starting to lose a bit of flavor and vibrancy. Still has pronounced orange/citrus component on nose and palate. Will finish today.
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