Just barely entering its drinking window. Intense, gripping nose of tropical fruit and honey. Lovely viscosity. A dazzlingly complex palate, almost too busy though I suspect the favors will harmonize over time. Lychee, honeyed mango, candied citrus, saffron, and piercing acidity. Very long finish. Less botrytis than other vintages I've had.
Ultra-classic Sauternes nose. Young and fat. Saffron, cocos, botrytis and oak. Very determined. Dense. Fullish, creamy palate. Very impressive spine of acid. Very yummy with layers of sweet taste: butterscotch, saffron, cocos, botrytis and oak. Young and dense. Not come together yet. Tasted blind and compared to 4 other top Sauternes from 2008 we were not very good in determining the house style of the chateau's. We were mighty impressed by this (Winner). Since we have always been impressed by Rieussec we thought this was the one. Give this 10 years and it will be an elegant, refined super-star. The structure is there.
Nose is unreal. So big, so much stuff going on. Honey, lemon peel, perfume, elegance, flowers on the nose. Mid to heavy weight, honey, sort of a fresh plastic type of taste, a little heat, some stone or dust hints of lemon on the flavors. Always amazing stuff, but I do recommend having these later in their life.
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(Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) This has an intense and rich nose, filled with vibrant, juicy citrus fruit. There is a fabulous but exotic purity to it, with peach, mango and pineapple flavours, alongside vanilla and flower petals too. Pure, with an almost gritty structure, this has linearity and finesse combined. A bright and elegant wine, brilliantly styled, with obvious depth, something missing in the rest of the appellation this year. Very, very long. Wonderful.
(Château d'Yquem (Sauternes)) A different character here; whereas Yquem often leads on fruit purity and intensity in its youth, as well as elegance, the first thing I notice here is the greater depth and grip the nose seems to suggest, moving away from mere fruit character to one more nutty and polished. The palate, however, is more restrained than expected, showing a very good and elegant composure, a moderate weight of fruit and substance, and as usual it s the fine precision of the wine that really betrays its class, that and the long, grippy finish of course. The fruits come with notes of vanilla cream on top. Great substance here.
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