First Growths, Yquem, 100+Madeira (John V.'s): What a wild tasting. This almost got overlooked between the first growths and the Madeira's. But Wow. I kept going back to it. From a 375. Just a perfect wine IMO. So much better than a recent 05 or 10. Light golden in color. The nose has honey, floral notes, pineapple and citrus. Viscous. Sweet not cloying. The palate matches the nose with such a great persistence. An incredibly long finish. Wow. Perhaps not quite the 2001 but it would be great to drink them side by side to see.
New York Wine Experience Trip; 10/14/2014-10/21/2014 (New York City, NY): Medium gold, highly concentrated and showing impressive intensity on the nose and palate, this is exceptional Sauternes even by Yquem's standards. The wine is packed with honey, apricots, coconut, crème brûlée and citrus. Viscous and nicely botryized, it is very sweet; however, the sweetness is perfectly balanced by fresh acidity. It accordingly retains a degree of vibrancy on the palate which persists through layer after layer of sweet fruit. Perhaps most impressive is this wine's finish, which seems to last forever. Truly a masterpiece, this will gain complexity with a few years in the cellar. Overall, it is at least a 50-year wine. Drink 2020-2060.
NY Wine Experience 2014 (Marriot Marquis): wow. this was special. such an alluring nose of honeysuckle and the sweetest grapefruit. The palate was light on entry but the finish was haunting and lasted forever. just an amalgam of the freshest apricots, honey, and wild flowers.
Stunning levels of concentration, ripe, very, ripe, extremely ripe and over ripe tropical fruits, vanilla, coconut, flowers, honey and spice. Silky textures and a sweet, honeyed finish that does not want to quit.
Perfect half bottle. Clean, pure "gold". Young. Wonderful bouquet of pineapple, coconut, acacia, botrytis, spices and spring flowers. When I just opened the bottle there were even some banana. Many layers here.
In the mouth this wine knock me out! Wow!! Rich, full body, complex, fine minerals, very sweet, but with an acidity that makes it fresh. The sweetness coats the whole mouth, but thanks to the acidity it gets another dimension and makes it really enjoyable to drink. Long lovely finish! Leave a taste of honey, pineapple and coconut for up to 60 sec. I just love this wine :-) I bet this wine will age beautifully over this century.
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(Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes) Picked between October 1st and 7th, then between October 10th and 13th. Residual sugar 155 g/l. Mid-gold and very bright hue. Delicious and vibrant and intense nose, fabulous, because the fresh and exotic fruits - oranges, lemons, mango and pineapple - are accompanied by the very definite aroma of nascent botrytis. So elegant on the palate, broad and yet full. A great pithy substance, but a pithiness with polished edges, broad and substantial, combined with vibrant acidity. Wonderful creamy finish, with good grip and a very noble bitterness towards the end. There is the body and weight of botrytis, and also the freshness and lifted acidity of a great Yquem. Incredible density, and yet light-footed and elegant at the same time, it surpasses the fresh elegance of the 2007 with ease, and eclipses the 2008. A magnificent effort.
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