Tasting Notes and Scores
The 2004 d’Yquem is initially a little disjointed on the nose. It does meld together with aeration, but it never attains the complexity or nuance of a top-flight Yquem. Hints of white chocolate and clear honey emerge with time however; it needs to demonstrate more hubris and ambition. The palate is nicely balanced with a fine line of acidity with a noticeable citric edge. Perhaps this Yquem is amidst a broody spell, for here the likes of de Fargues and Suduiraut appear to offer more spark and more pizzazz. It would not surprise me if this has more to offer in several years’ time. Drink 2018-2030+. Tasted February 2014.
– eRobertParker.com, Apr 2014
Mid orange-gold to look at; fine, scented, persistent nose, dominated by its new wood at present; rich, elegant, fairly concentrated wine with an excellent, vigorously defining acidity. Intensely sweet, pristine, clear cut flavour - discreet, refined, subtly racy, continuously complex and with great tenacity across the palate and a powerfully aromatic and honeyed finish. Understated by comparison with many, but an effortlessly persistent combination of viscosity allied to delicacy and finesse. Reminiscent for me, at present, of the very fine, but more restrained style of Yquem vintages such as 96, 88, 71, 62 â€¦â€¦
Tropically ripe, with dense yet creamy layers of guava, mango, lychee and papaya, all stitched with racy lemon cream and candied grapefruit peel notes. Frangipane-framed finish pumps out wave after wave of unctuous fruit. Starting to hits its second gear, and with old-school Yquem power and muscle. Drink now through 2032. 5,000 cases made.
– James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, Web only 2012)