June 2003 was an incredibly hot month and so allowed the spread of Botrytis, producing a concentrated harvest - which really comes through on the palate. Fresh flavours of pineapple, mango and passion fruit on the nose as well as a hint of vanilla. An extremely elegant vintage from d'Yquem.
All things Golden seem to be attracting the attention of investors far and wide these days, the Liquid Gold that is known as Chateau Yquem is no exception. This vineyard is truly outstanding and unique. It is said that each individual vine makes only one glass of this extra-ordinary wine. No stone is unturned at this estate in the pursuit of the finest wine that it is possible to make and it is this focus on quality that brought the attention LVMH who recently decided to add Chateau Yquem to their luxury brand portfolio. With this marketing giant behind the Chateau, we have seen demand escalate considerably.
It has a textbook, limpid silvery/golden hue. The nose is very seductive with lifted scents of dried honey, almond, hazelnut and just a faint hint of creme caramel all with fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a refined opening. That trait of creme caramel is there loitering like a truant schoolboy in the background, but then it moves into the mid-palate and really shows its class: wonderful delineation and poise, perfect acidity and an almost pixilated finish. There is just a touch of alcohol on the aftertaste although you have to have a very sensitive palate to feel it. This is a lovely Yquem, though I would not place it within the first tier.
More complexity on the nose than the Rieussec. Marzipan. Richness. Citrus. Nerve. Really deep flavours with good acidity. Tense. Yes!
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