2000 Château Lynch-Bages

Community Tasting Note


93 Points

Saturday, June 4, 2011 - Alex's Bachelor's Party (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): This was kindly poured by Sean, who was having dinner a few tables away by coincidence. From what a could tell, it had been sitting in the decanter for at least a couple of hours when I got to it. Very good indeed, at least as good as any Lynch-Bages I have ever tasted - this was a solid young Pauillac, just on the cusp of adulthood. The nise was very nice, still with a little layer of sweet oak, but warm, rich aromas of earth, tobacco, cassis and a little floral hint beneath that. The palate, in keeping with the vintage, had a rich thickness to it and a real sense of power with lots of cassis on the attack, almost sweet but not quite, accompanied by a whiff of tobacco and layers of earthy solidity beneath it all. This wine had beautiful depth wed to a lovely sebse of balance and poise and, unlike quite a few of the other vintages I have had where the wines were a little rustic, a clean, clear, pristine feel to it that made it ever so attractive. The long finish wrapped up with a whiff of tobacco smoke and a dollop of earth. Solid stuff with a long future ahead of it. I would love to try it again in 7 or 8 years down the road. This glass had the misfortune of turning up at our table just before a monumental 1982 Pichon-Lalande, which was a tidal-wave of quality that threatened to wash everything aside - otherwise it may have done even better!

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