October 26, 2019 - I’ve had this wine many times, and it ranks among my very favorite vintages (with 67 and 75). This time out of 375ml, I would agree with JM’s note and description, stunning complexity and dimension, except on this occasion the length wasn’t quite at the level I’ve experienced in the past. Still incredible
October 21, 2019 - Tasting with Olivier Bernstein (Bourbon Steak, Washington D.C.): Unbelievably expressive nose displaying opulent concentrated yellow fruit, dry apricot, apricot tart, mango, dry peach, pineapple, really strong botrytis, cream brulee, spicy spices and candied ginger. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of opulent yellow fruit, dense and oily yet beautifully balanced and weightless, medium acidity and a long rich yellow fruit driven finish with botrytis and candied ginger at the end. Although drinking perfectly, this remains very youthful and can improve for at least two more decades.
October 19, 2019 - This is monumental and really coming along nicely, though decades to go. From 375, perfect storage, cork half soaked and deep amber color to the wine. Soaring aromas of caramel, butterscotch, botrytis, orange rind, Earl Grey, and lanolin. The fruit is presenting a darker flavor profile and this follows through to the palate. Speaking of the palate...wow, just wow! Amazing delineation and wave after wave of sheer brilliance cascade down the throat. Similar flavors to the nose, there is a searing intensity on the tongue that goes on and on and is not soon forgotten. This is a breathtaking Yquem. One point short of the triple digit as it does not have the insane burn on the tongue that the 2001 currently possesses, but I am really just quibbling here. Brilliant!
October 19, 2019 - Butterscotch, peach, gorgeously sweet but with nice acidity so it isn't too syrupy. Great mouthfeel. Liquid sunshine!
September 26, 2019 - Cork bad; wine good
September 6, 2019 - maybe the best this wine has showed in the many years i've had it, it was stunning with its complexity, richness, balance, and depth
August 24, 2019 - Penetrating lemon, acacia nose. Beautiful presence on the palate; light-footed but with lots of impact. The 88 seems aromatically a little simple for Yquem, but I love its slightly finer than usual silhouette.
August 21, 2019 - Nose: Pineapple, butterscotch, caramel, key lime, short bread. Palate: Honey, honeycomb, dried apricot, orange, hint of baking spices at the end. Bright and balanced acidity at the end, no cloying sweetness. Brilliant pairing with custard and I assume many dishes.
August 2, 2019 - Second time trying the 1988 d’Yquem and it consistently shows impressive energy and generous botrytis aromas. Concentrated array of ripe pipeapples, luscious apricots, exotic yet elegant spices that I adore from Chateau d’Yquem. Full bodied yet acidity is racy and bright, great balance. Still young and hasn’t developed enough complexity to be at its peak, good potential. (93-94/100)
July 6, 2019 - Special Burgundy Dinner (DC/Silver Spring MD): Strong apple, apricot, cream and vanilla on the nose. Sweet fruits, some vanilla cream, light bitter note. Rather bracing acidity. Very little tertiary movement. This might last forever. 93 now, but will get better once it starts to get mature notes.
Note, i should have opened this earlier. I forgot and only opened it about 1/2 hr before serving. Maybe a decant needed as well?