Big, bold full fruit. The wine still shows a dominant tannin backbone that probably needs about 5 more bottle years to fully come together. Nevertheless, this is a great wine that has plenty of stuff to get better and better. Part of 1990-2005 Vertical, and took 2nd place according to panel.
Our first bottle in 2016. Dark purple on the eye always is inviting...tres sexy. 4 hours breathing in the bottle. Aromas of blackberries, liquorice and herbal tea...oh my, almost reminiscent of "Yau Sei Mei" or 24 herb tea found on street corners of Hong Kong. Soft and subtle berries on the palate with a hint of oak, elegant tannins, medium body and a fairly long berry finish. Everything we hoped for in a "Leggy Bottoms" wine that we expect will only get better over the next 10+ years.
Wow. Complex, developed aromas of cassis, black and blue fruit, new leather, and pencil lead. Medium plus acidity and high, ultra fine, but still very pronounced, tannins. Long finish. Spectacular, but more time in the bottle will improve this for sure.
Tasted blind. Nose was oaky with a penetrating stalky scent that made me think the wine was not well made. Fruit was fresh, deep, concentrated but severe and monolithic. One the palate it was painful to drink, tight, tannic and raw. When I saw the label I realised there was no fault to the wine, it just needed another 15 years of cellaring... Difficult to assess it now.
Our third bottle in 2015 of this surprisingly ready to sip classic Pauillac. We "opened" via Coravin and enjoyed a perfect class...great toy! The next day, we decided to go all in with the bottle as friends were visiting. Dark purple on the eye always is inviting...tres sexy. Aromas of blackberries, liquorice and herbal tea...oh my, almost reminiscent of "Yau Sei Mei" or 24 herb tea found on street corners of Hong Kong. Soft and subtle berries on the palate with a hint of oak, elegant tannins, medium body and a fairly long berry finish. Everything we hoped for in a "Leggy Bottoms" wine that we expect will only get better over the next 10+ years.
Annual Comparative Bordeaux Tasting (2000/2005) (Chicago, IL): This is a Lynch that really throws its weight around. Super powerful and tough as nails. I've noticed that there seems to be a compromise between fruit and acidity between 05 and 00 Bordeaux (more acid on the 2000s, more fruit on 2005s), but in the case of Lynch, no such compromise has been made. This is definitely more closed down than the 2000, but the acidity here is just as vibrant. I'm very optimistic.
La Fête du Bordeaux (Park Hyatt, Chicago): Dark crimson color. Intensely perfumed nose and palate, with deep black and red fruit transitioning into a spicy finish. Like the 2005 Langoa Barton, this does not seem to justify the breathless praise lavished on the 2005 vintage. It certainly doesn't come anywhere near justifying the almost $120 price tag implied by the CellarTracker community valuation.
Opaque ruby. Nose of blackcurrant, graphite, and cedar. Mocha and dried fruit, supported by a backbone of oak and minerality, in the mouth. Drying tannins. Low acidity comes up short. Needs time for the oak and tannins to better integrate. Drink 2018 through 2030.
Wine Tasted at Acker Auction (Riverpark - New York, NY): Small pour, brief note. First time I think I have had this since en Primeur, I like where it's going. Meaty, smoky black fruit with some liqueur and cigarbox. Firm throughout, but long and showing great concentration and spice.
Boy does this wine and vintage require serious decanting, 3-4 hours minimum recommended. Typical nose of 2005 with an explosion of cassis and deep dark red fruits, lots of lead pencil, and cedar. On the palate very dense and powerful but this wine is ages from its maturity. Judging by the 82, this wine has another 15-20 years to go before reaching its summit. Incredible power, full bodied, mineral, fruit bomb mid palate with lead pencil / graphite dominant, very masculine, excellent acidity and backbone, finishes decently long with tannins only balanced by the intensity of the fruit. Still a baby, lots of patience required.
Cigar box, tobacco, cassis and cedar notes are the first thing you notice. Ripe tannins and freshness, with good volume, richness and depth, which is still quite young. Give this at least a few hours of air, or let it age for another 8-10 years.
During a tasting event. Dark purple. Discrete nose of cassis, deep and dark brooding fruit with pine and foresty notes, very clean and youthful. On the palate very tightly knit but after 1h showing soft tannins of excellent quality. A really great package here, best quality Pauillac. Decant for 1h or better wait another 3 years.
2005 Red Bordeaux with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): DArk in colour. Youthfull glossy. The nose starts with some mocha/coffee notes. Dark fruits. Once again a very young wine but the tannin is very much on the foreground and in a way dominate the wine. Powerfull, mascular and a bit pushing on overextracted. Like most of the 2005s we tried it needs time to develop. We expected a bit more though. 91-92 for now from us but will imporved we think/hope with time.
Not much to add to PanosKakaviatos' note. Powerful and big, tannic and slightly drying, not lean of course, but lacking a bit of finesse and even balance and depth which the Pichon Baron or the two St Estephe were displaying. Needs more time to show its hand. 92-93+(+)
Bordeaux 2005 : Ten years on (Bordeaux Index London): Fuller bodied than GPL, yet somewhat more noticeable extraction – it seems that the GPL has more juiciness by comparison. Raw power, yes. Concentration and mid palate expansiveness, but the finish is somewhat drying by comparison. Wait and see as Lynch Bages proves its muster down the road.
(LCBO Tasting Bar Sample) Pours very deep and inky. As expected this is still quite closed. The nose is of dark cherries in syrup, cassis, blackberry, pencil shavings, cedar, pine, ink, animal fur, wet green pine needles, seaweed and light hints of seared meats. The palate is dense, ripe and concentrated. High tannins and fairly low acid acid come across on the palate. The finish is medium plus in length today with copious minerality replaying post-consumption. Certainly this wine's best days are ahead of it. Not rated today but it should land somewhere in the mid 90's. All the pieces are there for a great wine to come together, but please don't touch this wine for at least 10 years.
Westchester Wine School - Premium Wine Tasting (Bar Lees, Mamaroneck, NY): Drank at WWS tasting to close out the Fall season. Drank with a 1996 LB from my cellar. Dark ruby color. Nose pretty much closed--perhaps some coffee/espresso. Very tight, firm tannins, dark fruit, some lead pencil, some espresso. Clearly a fine, well-structured wine, but very much in its dumb phase presently. Very hard to draw much out of this wine, either due to its youth, its brief time in the decanter, or a combo of both, especially when compared to the excellent, quite lovely 1996. I wouldn't touch this wine again for at least 5 years.
YES. so, i agree with what most of the notes are saying. This is deep purple, silky with some blackberry but it sticks you as bring numb, like it will break out in time but for now it is a sullen giant. Unless, you have a lot of it, I would wait 2-3 years before trying it. But, even now, you know this is a really good wine.
Beautiful and classical Pauillac bouquet with a lot of cassis and other dark forest fruits and graphite. Luxurious oak, smoke and cedar. On the palate a concentrated wine with beautiful acidity, some pleasant sweetness and tannin with a good bite. A really beautiful wine, but wait at least until 2017 or 2018 or even longer. 94+ for tonight.
A bit of surprise. Was expecting a lot of tannin and too young. It is understated but with some coaxing, a structural effort with cassis, graphite counterbalanced by juicy acidity and non-obtrusvie tannin. The overall picture is one of harmony and grace with lots in reserve. A potentially great wine.
Decanted for about an hour. An excellent bottle which, at this point, is just starting to shed it's baby fat and give a few hints at what it will become in perhaps another 4-5 years. There's lots of fruit up front but starting to show some slight earthy elements peeking through. Tannins on the back are not as edgy as they were when I tasted this a few years ago on release.
Decanted for 2hr, nose somewhat closed, fantastic mid palate with loads of dark fruits, silky smooth tannins. Waited another 2hr, nose opened up, mid palate is much more complex, cedar cigar box, earthy, body gets thicker but ultra refined tannins, well balanced, a piece of art, long long finish. It was drinking along with 2002 chateau Pavie. Both are refined, this one is a bit young with great aging potential. Pavie is ready to drink and great bouque and color. Both are Unbelieveable. What a night to celebrate the year of Dragon eve.
Lamma Lunch (Sampan Restaurant, Yung She Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong): Decanted for an hour then drank from really small glasses on a restaurant terrace in 34C heat accompanied by plateloads of simple roasted half pigeons. Totally opaque deep red-purple with the merest lightening at the meniscus. Nose is KAPOW!....very deep and intensely consentrated cassis....but everything else is very shy. Palate is incredibly powerful predominant tannin....but really impressive and expressive tannin, if you are a tannin conoisseur. It mellowed a little over the next 2 hours and it had a thunderous brooding resonance lurking on the back end but not yet unleashed......this needs at least 5 years to unfurl even its full primary character. Nothing wrong with this and I was tempted not to score it because it is just too young to make a clear judgement at this age. The Almaviva 2000 was the more complete wine on the day and both were great fun to drink......thanks for the generosity, Joe.
Cabernet Uncorked hosted by Phil Reedman MW (Sydney Wine Academy, 250 Blaxland Road, Ryde): Colour: Medium plus intensity ruby, clear and bright wine with substantial tearing Nose: Medium plus intensity, developing, clean wine with aromas of blackcurrant, slight black cherry, cassis, cream and sweet spice including cloves and touches of nutmeg. Also a little cedar. Mouth: Medium plus acid, body, tannin and flavour intensity of blackfruits - ripe but not jammy - and supple but firm tannic mouth grip. There are flavours of spice and cedar as well. The finish is very long. Incredibly balanced wine - but still has that 'puppy fat' feel to it and, probably, the potential to last for years. Glorious.
WS Grand Tour Boston (Copley Marriott): Nose: very perfumed and classic pauillac. Blackberry, cigar and violets. Palate: silky with lead pencil, sweet cassis, cigar notes and nice complexity. Finish is long and lively. A great lynch bages.
1/2 bottle *dark red **The beginnings of a generous bouquet: Oak, herbs and some width. ***Exceptionally tannic. Beats most Barolos :-) Balanced. Long finish with everything you can wish for. ****Only thing with this wine that I wish it had less of can be found on the price tag.
Blind Night (Kevin): Dark purple color. Green nose of blackberry, cherry and black pepper. Tannic and chewy. Bell pepper, tobacco, and spice on the finish. Completely shut down and not giving up much of anything. My guess was a Bordeaux blend of some sort. Brought by Rick. 13% alcohol. Left open in a decanter for several days. Day one, it opened slightly showing more fruit but stll quite closed, green, and tannic. Day two, really started to open up and show the future potential. Some beautiful fruit and gaining in complexity. Day three, showing more mid palate weight and complexity with no signs of decay or oxidation. This wine is built to last. Hold for a minimum of 10 years and even then you're drinking this wine way too early. This wine showed much better the two times I had it upon release but clearly is going through a dumb phase. Rating given on day three.
Corks: Bordeaux (Rossford, OH): Delicious nose - ripe, sweet oak, dark fruit, complex. On the palate, smooth, medium tannins, medium+ acid. Slight green olive. Open. Very firmly old-world Bordeaux. Slightly sour. Tastes quite ready to drink, but I'd guess this will sail on. $140ish
Perhaps I drank this way too soon. An elegant, beautiful red, but lacked any excitement or wow factor. I love Bordeaux but cant see the justification for the huge price premiums for this vintage, at least based on this bottle.
Wine Warehouse Grand Tasting. Poured from a magnum, nose of cassis, cigar box, touch of minerals, and lots of dark fruit, more of the same on the palate, tasted lighter than the Ducru Beaucaillou, big body, tasty, but subdued, needs 7 years to peak, flavorful but only medium/long finish.
Cedar and dark oak on the nose with some dark fruit but not much terrior. Youthful odor, still a little tight, with a medium body. Sadly it fades fast though. Pleasant drink with a very pleasant lingering finish of leather, cedar and dried figs. (0 views)
Bordeaux Night (Binny's Grand Ave.): nose: extremely tight and I had to fight to get tones of cedar, dark red cherries, dark red fruits, and pencil lead. Good depth and has a presence to it, but is extremely tight right now
taste: big and chewy tannins with a classy medium/full feel and well balanced tones of cedar, dark red cherries, cranberries and some bits of pencil lead. Great length on the tones, but they are hiding under some considerable tannins
overall: As would be expected, this is a baby. This is a marathon runner of a lynch and will need some considerable rest to fully express itself. Its a wolf in sheep's clothing right now and comes off as having the ability to be a top notch lynch
WFA Bordeaux 2005/2006 Tasting by the Wine Review (Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore): Another top-class Pauillac. This easily stood toe-to-toe with the pair of Pichons. Deep, masculilne nose showed ripe plum and cassis fruit along with a whiff of gunpowder. Palate was probably the best balanced of all the 2005 wines I tried. Great poise, with clean, pure cassis tones and some savoury meat laced through with fresh acidity and fine tannins. Very fine indeed. Finish was nice and rounded, with bits of flint and a touch of spice. I liked this. Needs some time, but will be lovely.
Bordeaux 2005 and 2006 Tasting; 10/22/2009-10/26/2009 (Wine For Asia Singapore Suntec): Savory, woodspices, lifted purple flowers and purple fruits . A tad inkish alc. Black currant fruits. Quite a big , weighty effort showing lots of plums and some spices. Powdery tannins. Really doing fantastically well now. I re-tasted a few times over the few days and I really really do enjoy this though I was never much of a lynch bages fan. It shows the most marked improvement among the 05s that I had tasted at the last UGC. 90-93pts.
I got to try this at an LCBO tasting for almost $10 a sample. I don’t know about this one. The nose is really nice, but I am not getting much fun on the tongue. I actually didn’t find it all that tannic – almost seemed a bit watery (pinot like) compared the other 05’s I have tried. Bad bottle?
Nose: Dark brooding and young. Herb notes hit me first along with some Mediterranean notes like olives. As usual - the black fruit ensemble is ready to sing in time - cassis and blackberries. Burned coffee folding in the layers as well.
Palate: Long and plush but the tannins are still strong. Decanted this wine for 9 hours prior to the tasting and in reality it could have used 18 hours in the decanter.
Overall: Great potential. Greatness awaits those who will be patient for this wine to come forwards - needs at least 15 years on its side. 91 points.
Lynch Bages Vertical 1961-2005 (Sweets and Savories, Chicago IL): nose: brutally tight at first smell(and it had been decanted for a near 12 hours). Upon the revisit about a 1/2 hour later along with heavy swirling, it started to unwind a bit with bits of belgian chocolate, pencil lead, creme de cassis, black currants, and dark red cherries. Its hard to get a full picture on this as the nose is almost shrouded in a black cloth
taste: very big and firm tannins. I'm not getting the sweet tannins that people try to profess about 05, for me alot of them have been hard edged and massive. What is able to fight its way through the tannins is nice after finally opening up a bit with dark red and black cherries, creme de cassis, pencil lead, and belgian chocolate. Very firm and hopefully what is left in the bottle will reveal more in two days from what I took home
overall: Very full bodied and massively tannic. What pokes through is nice, but this is one brooding beast of a wine that needs a lot of time sideways to reveal itself. This is certainly proving to me that 05 bordeaux is a young man's vintage as it will require a massive amount of patience to get these wines at their peak level(of course the irony being with the prices, that those that can fully afford a lot of 05 bordeaux are older and this wine won't be begining to be mature for another 20 years). I think there's upside on this, but then again, who knows as there is just a wall of tannins that needs to be fought through
Clear but very dark core out to a thin ruby edge and watery rim - youthful. Clean and youthful nose of vanilla, spice, alcohol, coconut and mulberry of moderate+ intensity. Moderate alcohol, body, acid and tannins (firm but ripe). Moderate flavours of ripe fruit - mulberry/black current, oak, vanilla and cedar - very appropriate for a young Bordeaux. Medium length finish with the vanilla and cedar continuing. Well balanced. Drinking well now due to the fruit and balance of the wine but will develop well and should have a long life - 25+ years. Could be a classic.
Dark ruby color, beautiful nose that enjoys flint, granet, dark cherry and slight blueberry. Tasting was even more enjoyable I know it was hard to make a bad wine in the vintage but this was an outstanding effort by the maker. Tastes included a cherry pie with wip cream with a sliky finish nice tannins. That is great wine and so far my favorate of the 2005 vintage, I can't wait to see what it dose over the next 30 years or so.
Bordeaux Today (2005s) (Wine Exchange - Orange, CA): Dark red purple to the rim with aromas of currant and berries in a wonderfully perfumed style on the nose. After the enticing nose I am surprised by the straightforward palate which offers supple red fruits, earth, and lifting acidity. Good. For whatever reason this wine seems light on the palate. To be honest after I smelled this I anticipated it would perform very well but sadly the palate did not deliver. After tasting this wine it seems like Lynch-Bages has conceded the title of "poor man's Mouton Rothschild" to Pontet-Canet.
This is lighter, brighter, softer and more approachable than I expected, considering the vintage. The wine offers notes of cassis, cedar, tobacco and forest floor, finishing with cassis and blackberry flavors. For Lynch Bages, this wine should drink well younger than many top vintages.
Tasted again in Dusseldorf after New York and I cannot understand why some tasters are disappointed. This is a fine Pauillac, with rather graceful power. It shows spice and fruit, a hint of funky earth but not as much as Clerc Milon. Certainly not as good as Pichon Baron, but one of the stars of the Pauillac appellation in 2005.
2005 Bordeaux @ Union des Grand Crus (San Francisco, CA): Die hard Lynch Bages fans will not hate this wine. Although a bit softer than other vintages, I believe it will develop the flamboyantly exotic nose of its older siblings. If it had more weight and density, it would be a stellar Lynch Bages.