Chateau Lynch Bages & Chateau Pavie Macquin Testing

Wine Route Tel Aviv
Tasted Thursday, December 16, 2010 by madia with 443 views

Introduction

Vertical tasting of 6 vintages of Lynch Bages (5th Cru Classe Pauillac) and Pavie Macquin (Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion). The wines were tasted by vintage, 2 each time.
The tasting was conducted by Eric Hosteins, president of Louis Vialard and owner of Chateau Cissac in Pauillac.

Flight 1 - 2004 (2 Notes)

  • 2004 Château Pavie Macquin 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Opaque ruby. In the nose dark fruits and chocolate. Still very very young. Medium bodied, with rough tannins yet elegant. Mid finish. (125$)

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  • 2004 Château Lynch-Bages 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    The nose was closed and didn’t give much. Red fruits and chocolate. Medium bodied, with smooth tannins very well integrated. Good balance, good acidity. More approachable than the Pavie Macquin but less complex. (187$)

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Flight 2 - 2003 (2 Notes)

  • 2003 Château Pavie Macquin 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Wonderful smoky nose with ripe fruits and chocolate. Excellent in the palate too, medium to full bodied, sweet and dominant tannins, very good acidity. Excellent structure and very elegant (200$)

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  • 2003 Château Lynch-Bages 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Opaque purple color. Nice nose, fruity and chocolaty, lacking complexity. Medium bodied, a bit hollow. Predominant acidity, with lack of balance.(225$)

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Flight 3 - 2001 (2 Notes)

  • 2001 Château Pavie Macquin 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    The nose reminds me the '03 – smoky, fruits, and chocolate. The palate was less impressive – medium bodied, acidity predominant. (150$)

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  • 2001 Château Lynch-Bages 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Very complex and elegant nose, with fruits, chocolate and hints of farm aromas. Medium bodied, harmonic with the nose, excellent balance. Very good (212$)

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Flight 4 - 2000 - Best vintage of the tasting (2 Notes)

  • 2000 Château Pavie Macquin 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Exquisite and powerful nose with still a lot of fruit and smoke. Excelent in the palate, full bodied, still very tannic and excellent acidity. Round, well balanced. Excellent wine (135$)

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  • 2000 Château Lynch-Bages 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Opaque ruby. What an exquisite and powerful nose! Smoke, farm odors, leather. Very well balanced, medium-full bodied, sweetness in the palate. Great wine! The best of the whole tasting.(295$)

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Flight 5 - 1998 (2 Notes)

  • 1998 Château Pavie Macquin 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Bright ruby color, as a young wine! Hat a nose! ripe fruit, chocolate, leather. Excellent palate, smooth tannins, round and well balanced. It is now at his best. (187$)

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  • 1998 Château Lynch-Bages 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Purple-brown. Wonderful nose – fruity, smoke, sweetness. Medium bodied, still tannic, muscular, powerful. Excellent!(247$)

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Flight 6 - 1996 (2 Notes)

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