A gift from our late friend Jos Helders. Kept hidden in my cellar for many years. Tasted with some good friends in his memory on Easter Sunday, April 8th 2012. The most exquisite desert wine I ever tasted.
Later that evening, I scribbled following tasting notes on a piece of paper that recently turned up on my desk. Here's what I wrote:
"These wines were intended to last very long, but it is still incredible how vibrant this wine is after 43 years. Golden color. Very fine nose with great depth and complexity. Hints of smokey minerals, flowers, burnt almonds. Full-bodied and half-sweet with great concentration. Quite round, some minerality, some botrytis and mushrooms, but a pure and fine fruit with great depth. Hints of old Balsamic vinegar? Extremely long finish.
Tremendous wine that will give any Chateau d'Yquem a run for its money."