Ryan M wrote: To be able to say that legendary d'Yquem is just okay . . . . although you do have to acknowledge that a wine that will probably live well over 100 years is still a infant that doesn't even know how to express itself at this stage.
On the track record, I'm certainly open to the idea that it's just not the right time to enjoy that wine - though I hardly said it was 'just okay'.
I think it's a fantastic, beautiful wine - just, for me, not matching the hype in that it doesn't stand above the other Yquems I've enjoyed. Maybe it's the fact that the '83 and '89 have some time behind them right now and show more complexity and aromatic depth, or that they aren't approached with quite the same supernally high expectations, but I've gotten as much pleasure from those wines as I have from the '01. All are tremendous wines that show why Yquem is such a great producer, but for me the 2001 doesn't stand out as a particularly 'oh my god this is REALLY special' vintage.
James - come up to CT, sear some foie gras and I'll make sure we drink some Yquem.