2000 Château Lynch-Bages

Community Tasting Note

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94 Points

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - Decant 90 minutes; initial espresso nose quickly blew off...rebottle for transit to restaurant (Merriman's in Kamuela on Hawai'i's Big Island). A good bit of sediment fell out of this opaque, dark violet juice; slight bricking just beginning to present itself. Following a second 90-minutes of slow-ox, beautiful plum/dark fruit nose with restrained notes of sweet tobacco and cherry, with a smooth and 'under'bearing forest floor presence. Actually quite soft and feminine for a Pauillac; wonderfully balanced with a delightfully-long finish. I know the tannin reserve will carry this wine for years, but you sure can't taste or sense it: no mouth-puckering or astringency of any kind. Fruit pushed into mid-palate late. Just wonderful right now! However, I am puzzled by the many tasters who describe a licorice or anise presence in this wine, 'cos I simply never pick that up...

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  • Comment posted by aaronfeigin:

    3/28/2013 10:37:00 AM - When I went to Merrimans a few years ago I was unaware they couldn't serve my open bottle that I decanted. So I went to the parking lot and jammed the cork back in and magically it was not a problem. Thanks for the great review!

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