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FICOFI: 2015 Ch d’Yquem, 2016 Y d’Yquem & Opus One 2012, 2013, 2014

December 18, 2017

Some short notes from a FICOFI tasting on 30 November 2017 at the Four Seasons, Singapore, showcasing new releases from Chateau d’Yquem and Opus One (the 2014), generous enough in line-up though it’s a pity the mini-vertical of Opus One was stacked within three of the most recent vintages that were far too young to allow any appreciation of potential complexity.

2016 Y D’Yquem. Generally shut, though characters of morning dew, mild grassy elements, rye and malt are discernible. Quite gentle on the palate, displaying good presence and intensity of flavours, layered with  a lovely floral bloom and enticing minerals, finishing with quiet intensity. Excellent, but needs plenty of time to express itself properly.

2015 Ch d’Yquem. Deeply luscious with a superb balance of nectarine and smouldering ember, displaying great lift with a gentle brilliance. Magnificent potential here.

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2012 Opus One. Ripe bouquet of dark berries and raspberries with a softer tone of dark plums, somewhat shy, medium-full with good concentration, acidity and freshness. Subtly structured, finishing well. Consistent enough with a previous tasting over dinner with Opus One CEO Dave Pearson in Singapore in April 2016. I like it.

2013 Opus One. Deep impenetrable purple. Totally shut on the nose where it was extremely tight, intense and brooding. More forthcoming on the palate, fleshy with predominant graphite tones, gently structured with lovely acidity, finishing well with a good deal of succulence. Caught at an awkward stage. Needs time.

2014 Opus One. Deep ruby, exuding a bouquet of ripe dark berries and blackcurrants with a tinge of forest floor. Forward in balance, open enough with supple fresh acidity, offering glimpses of inner detail though generally not showing much. A wine of excellent proportion, linearity and length. Needs time.

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