From 375ml with friends, this was the color of light caramel. A wonderful nose of pineapple, honey and graham, this lacked the depth, complexity and intensity often found with D'Yquem but was still most enjoyable. after a delightful Indian dinner.
Served at Alex's house in Bordeaux on the occasion of BWE France Tour 2015. Stunning rendition of a finely tuned Yquem. Deep golden in colour, with a palate that is deceptively youthful. Sweet ripeness of fruits - apricots, Seville orange and tangerine rind - on the nose and palate. Perfectly balanced: textural, backbone and flavours, which persist for many minutes. I now see the beauty and fascination of Yquem, especially having had tried the Climens 98 earlier in the week, down in Provence, which had the fruits and structure but lacked the intensity and backbone that puts Yquem into another stratosphere. Yummy. My wine of the night.
Orange gold color. Aromas of apricots, honeysuckle and candied orange peel. Ripe, beautifully balanced fruit in the mouth with outstanding depth and length and excellent acidity. Very silky and complex on the palate. An excellent and delicious Ch.d'Yquem but just shy of a great one.
Started the dinner with the classic pairing of sweet & savory... Yquem with Foie Gras. YUM! Every sip and bite deserves respect. The Yquem is starting to take on a deeper richer golden / caramel color as it ages. While the wine is viscous, it is not heavy, which allows the finish to go on for almost a minute. Classic botrytis scents of apricots, gardenia flowers, and a touch of nutmeg. While not the best Yquem I have ever had, this was a great start to the evening meal.
375, pop and pour. The wine asserts itself from the first sniff, showing why d'Yquem has been in a class of its own since 1855. The nose is instantly recogniseble: liqueur-like, with loads of candied orange peel, tropical fruit and floral notes; so concentrated it sets the teeth on edge. In the mouth it is fruity-sweet on the attack, with balancing acids on the mid-palate and a super-long, oaky-resinous finish. Actually, this vintage shows a level of extract and oak influence far above any Sauternes I have hitherto tasted. If anything the finish is slightly too astringent (perhaps further ageing will smooth this out). I would recommend the '96 over this as it is a bit cheaper and (from memory) has more fruit and a better finish than this. But this is still a towering giant of a wine. They always are.
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(CHATEAU D'YQUEM) #2; VaynerPAZZZ (based on QPR only); not a great year (classic vintages '67 or '90), noble rot; NOSE-Amazing, obvious honey, splash of Grape Nuts cereal, lemon meringue pie, heaven; TASTE-very obvious lemon meringue pie, very long finish, obvious honeysuckle, pear & apple on the finish, RP-91; GV-93+
(Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) Above average temperatures. Wet September, harvest began on the 22nd. Then several weeks of rain before completion in October. Lots of botrytis in the second portion. A decent lemon-gold. Showing some botrytis on the nose. Greater complexity immediately apparent. More serious wine than the 1999, for certain. Rich, oily, very concentrated. Candied fruit again, the Noble rot not showing here as on the nose. Good depth and interest though, orange and apricot flavour, and well balanced acidity. This will improve I am sure. A good wine from what is an under-rated vintage.
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