No detailed notes, but it was fabulous. Tasted next to a no-name 01 Sauternes it had none of the harsh angles or hard notes. I won't ooh and ahh over it, but it was pretty damned nice. No idea as to longevity.
Better than the previous vintage, with its showy nose of vanilla, coconut, orange rind, apricot, marmalade, pineapple and white peaches that were soaked in honey for weeks on end. The wine is rich, intense, pure and refined, but it’s not the most concentrated or exotic style.
Half bt. Picked this up in Paris last week on special offer reduced by 50 euro to 114, approx £100gbp. Got some goose foie gras at the same time so seemed like the perfect marriage. Wow, glorious orange golden hue, legs! Not a massive nose but plenty of subtle notes of tea, tangerine, caramel. It's the texture of this wine that makes it stand out though, glycerol rich, it coats the palate with crystallised fruits, nice acidity too..terrific finish that goes on and on. I tasted the '89 & '90 when they were 10yo(ish) so quite hard to compare this vintage, from memory not as complex but that could be lack of maturity? Maybe not a top vintage but still a beautiful wine and I would certainly buy for the future(if I win the lottery). Drank it with some v gd goose foie gras and then finished with christmas pudding, both delicious but better match with the liver IMHO. Btw my score is conservative, could achieve extraordinary with time.
A perfectly serviceable Yquem, although it suffers in comparison to the immediately preceding 2005 and the subsequent 2007. A classy, though fairly light and subdued, structure, nose, and flavor experience. A restrained creamy vanilla coconut expression on the palate, certainly very elegant and enjoyable. Interesting to try the three vintages together, one would get a very nice snapshot of the essence of Yquem - alongside the 2005 with its dramatically broad palate experience, and the 2007 with its impressively generous vertical display of fruit flavor and aroma. Remarkable result for just an average Sauternes vintage.
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