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Sauternes/Barsac, First Growth
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The Yquem 2003 has 145gms/L residual sugar, much higher than the 2002 and 2004 as one might expect given the growing season. The nose does not have the harmony and focus of the 2002 and for this taster lacks a little complexity. A 'fat' nose of orange-blossom, acacia honey and tangible botrytis. The palate has a 'fatness' and richness to it, but I yearn for a little more acidity. Orange peel, nectarine and peach towards the finish. This Yquem has immediate appeal, but perhaps like the 1990 it will be overtaken by fresher, superior balanced Yquems in the long run? Tasted April 2008.
Score: 92 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com Date: Tuesday 01 July 2008
More complexity on the nose than the Rieussec. Marzipan. Richness. Citrus. Nerve. Really deep flavours with good acidity. Tense. Yes!
Score: 19 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2035 Date: Tuesday 18 March 2008
Subtle and racy, with lemon rind, vanilla cream and dried pineapple. Very spicy and intense. Full-bodied, with great length and flavor. Electrified yet refined, with medium sweetness and a wonderful finish. I love the class of this, and the length. Has afterburners. Best after 2010.
Score: 98 James Suckling, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2010+ Date: Sunday 31 December 2006
No tasting note was given.
Score: 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Date: Sunday 30 April 2006