Double Birthday Celebration for Fiona and Me - 2015 (Alex and Fiona's in AMK): A delicious wine, but not a great d’Yquem – this lacked the botrytised richness of the better vintages. It did have a lovely nose though, with dried apricots met by an unusual floral chrysanthemum notes, the a lift of citrus limes and a some mineral, metal notes. A lighter, more lifted and floral bouquet than I am used to with a d’Yquem, but no less attractive for all that. Like the nose, the palate came across as clean, pure and fresh, with notes of dried apricots and lemons wed to a musky floral perfume. What this lacked it unctuous depth, it made up for with a lovely clarity and balance. It was really drinkable. Right at the finish, more typical d’Yquem accents of burnt caramel and a touch of dessicated coconuts then drifted away into the distance. A very nice wine, drinking well now, but this should not be compared with other d’Yquems – it seems a totally different animal. Incidentally, I had quite forgotten having drank an earlier bottle a few years ago. Back then, I had the same impression of an elegant lightness to the as well, but was more impressed by the wine. It seems to have lost even more weight over the years. If anything, that may be a sign that it is really time to start drinking!
Fathers 60th Birthday; 8/31/2014-9/1/2014: Big, intense nose. Saffron, honey, botrytis, brown sugar, orange zest, raisins and dried apricots. Full bodied, concentration through the roof, superb balance and long never ending finish. Brilliant wine, but I've had other Sauternes that was just as good, and the two other wines in the sweet flight made a very similar impression (Gilette '70 & Suduiraut '76).
Birthday Celebration (Grace Restaurant, Chicago IL): Ripe stone fruit, mostly apricot and yellow peach, with honeysuckle, orange peel and vanilla. The same flavors come through on the palate. Great rich texture, but with plenty of acidity to keep it balanced. Delicious finish to the evening!
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