Saturday, July 24, 2010 - Wow I got back in touch with my inner Lynch Bages tonight.
These two wines just really reminded me why I love Lynch Bages so much.
Just as I was about to give the 2000 Lynch the nod by a single Parker point-- which would have been a minor upset because I have generally favored the '96 Lynch over the '00 Lynch-- the 2000 was stunning tonight, wonderfully pure, fragrant, sensual-- but the 1996 just kept bullying itself to the fore, it was that quintessential nineteen-ninety-six left banker, with super ripe cabernet fruit, super thick-skinned tannins, deep, deep cherry and currant, and oh that spectacular nose-- matched every inch of the way though by the 2000, itself so representative of that vintage, loads of depth but also light on its feet, incredible finish, in the end as you're listening to jazz on a lazy mid-summer night, finishing off the final sips of the wine like some great first growth brought to a dinner by Stuart in the back room of some high end Coral Gables restaurant-- You know, that 2000 Lynch was so spectacular tonight that I can no longer call the 1996 Lynch the "last of the great Lynch Bages".... This 2000 is outstanding. This is getting really repetitive, but, yes, both of these wines are... drinking well now and for another twenty years.... It just occurred to me, the only Lynch I have tasted post 2000 has been the 2006, one time. from what I hear, recent vintages of Lynch have been getting back to the levels of the great Lynches of the 0s and 90s... too bad they are unaffordable now....
1996 Lynch-Bages: 95 points.
2000 Lynch-Bages: 95 points.