Containing 135 grams per liter of residual sugar the pale lemon-gold colored 2016 d'Yquem leaps from the glass with honeyed apricots pineapple green mango crushed rocks candied ginger coriander seed and citrus peel with hints of orange blossom. The palate is very tightly wound vibrant and refreshing with layer upon layer of minerals and spices finishing with epic poise and persistence.
The bouquet opens with aromas of honey and citrus, offering richness and freshness at the same time. The mouthfeel is opulent, with honeyed flavors. There is some acidity underneath, although decadence and concentration are its defining attributes. It will age for decades.
This is exotic with very lush and seductive notes of coconut honeysuckle creamed white peach glazed pear mirabelle plum and yellow apple all woven together seamlessly. Beautifully caressing in feel with a long acacia echo on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2040.
The 2016 Yquem has a taut detailed bouquet with subtle Aszù tones that recede to offer melted candle wax saffron and light almond aromas although the new oak is quite vocal at the moment. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity if a little heavy compared to its peers and a touch of spice lingers on the aftertaste. Fine and understated in style and perhaps that is why I might have been parsimonious in my score. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.v