The pleasure derived from tasting Yquem is difficult to describe. It offers a myriad of well-balanced, complex flavours that generate even more harmonies over time. The impression that remains is reminiscent of a quote from Frédéric Dard "the silence that follows a piece by Mozart, in which the listener remains suffused with the music". This reflects the fact that Château d'Yquem stays on the palate for a remarkable long time, providing a unique, prolonged pleasure. There is a lovely expression in French to describe Yquem's tremendously long aftertaste: il fait la queue du paon, which means that it spreads out like a peacock's tail.
The 2004 vintage reflects the quintessence of the entire range of Yquem's various terroirs. The wine displays astonishing complexity and great freshness – in fact, an unrivalled vivaciousness. It is very pure, with aromas of fresh fruit and white flowers. The palate also shows a subtle balance between sugar and acidity.