Bordeaux WIMPS (La Tromplette, Chiswick): Cedary, touch of farmyard quickly blowing off, mineral, underlying blackcurrant and plum fruit. Medium bodied, savouryrd and black fruits, actually quite elegant with soft tannins, good acidity and minerally notes coming through on the very good length, harmonious finish. Excellent and ready to go ****.
Decanted 90 mins prior to serving. Lively ruby red with the usual bricking on the edge for a wine this age. Powerful nose of lead pencil, cedar and cassis, later mellowing into a more seamless bouquet of mint, leather, tar and fruits. Very long juicy finish with acidity and tannins still in abundance. A defining performance from this '96.
This was my next to last bottle of a case bought en primeur 18 years ago (1996 was the first year I started buying Bordeaux), and bought of course at a tiny fraction of current en primeur prices for this wine (it's too expensive for me now). Whereas quite a few of the other 1996's I still own have started to fade, this one is still singing in tune and there's possibly more to come. Dark fruits and tobacco (so just as you would expect), luscious sipping wine to swirl and enjoy by itself or with good steak. The 1989 is still the finest bottle of wine I have ever tasted, and this isn't in that league, but it isn't that far off. No need to rush opening this - got at least 10 years of plateau drinking in my view.
Drunk alongside a 1996 Mouton on New Year's Eve 2014, this wine was in stunning form. Rich, complex, great length and plenty to chew on. It unexpectedly, and easily, outclassed the Mouton. And I'd bet it still has a good 7-10 years ahead of it.
had this side by side with the 86 gruaud larose. rather soft on opening and remained on the velvet side through out the night but gained a bit of bite as the night wore on. A bit easier to drink than the larose but less intriguing.
Tog med detta vin till en blindprovning och var helt säker på att jag hyllat detta vin tidigare men när jag ser tillbaka så var det bara en 93a senast och denna gång satte jag 93 poäng blint så jag måste misstagit mig. Dock riktigt bra men jag tror denna flaska var bra när den öppnades men under kvällen var det på väg over the hill,
vinet har en grön stjälkig smak mend lakrids och ceder, mjuk härlig smak. Riktigt gott men svårt att mäta sig när det står en Gruaud Larose 1982 brevid så klart.
Var med i en blindprovning. Var från början helt inne på Bordeaux men landade sedan i att det vara en Bordeauxblandning från Toscana då jag tyckte att jag hittade vissa gröna örtiga italienska toner och lite aceton som jag inte brukar hitta i Bordeaux. Annars hade det ju verkligen allt det man sammanknippar med en Bordeaux som har början till mognad med stall, piptobak, cigarrlåda, cassis, läder, damm och blyerts. I smaken mogen frukt, påtaglig syra och lena fina tanniner. Har druckit detta vin flera gånger tidigare men kände mig inte riktigt hemma i smaken denna gång.
Nose shows typical & classical Bordeaux, rather fresh, with green herbs, green peppers, licorice, spice, cedar wood, cigar box, tobacco leafs, dust, dry leather, barnyard & pencil lead. The nose started out very fine, but fell off a bit with more time and air in the glass, and lost some of its initial punch. Palate shows high acidity, with dry and fading cassis fruit & red berries, some tobacco and greener notes. I get the feeling that this is a little past peak and on its way down, since the fruit it beginning to fall off and the acidity are taking over. However, need to keep in mind that this is a 1996, with rather high acidity from start, so might just going thru a transition phase? (92 – 93 p)
Westchester Wine School - Premium Wine Tasting (Bar Lees, Mamaroneck, NY): Drank at WWS tasting. Decanted for 90 minutes, and drank side by side with a 2005 (that was not ready). Dark color, a bit of orange at the rim, medium bodied. Very expressive nose of dark fruit, tar, tobacco, green pepper. On the palate, plenty of fruit, still some tannins but mostly resolved, lots of dark fruit, lead pencil, cassis, tar, tobacco. A mile long! Wonderful, classic bordeaux with great concentration, length, & power. If one were to quibble, one could argue that it perhaps lacks some depth at the back end, but that's really pushing it. A great wine in a great place right now. Easily voted the WOTN. Glad I have a few more in the cellar.
In a great place, pretty aromas of dark fruits, black spice, and wet earth. Wonderfully complete and integrated with a beautiful texture. Almost seemless with rich fruits, broad sweet tannins, and backing acidity so well balanced. Long spiced finish. In a great place and see very long life ahead. Good stuff.
This is a terrific bottle. Everything I ask for in a Pauillac. Pop and pour at Izzy's Steak house. Nose jumps fresh and lively. Great fruit. If this is over the hill I like over the hill. Will drink well for at least a decade.
Impressive evolution over 3 hours. First, this wine was totally closed down and unappealing. After 2 hours, the nose finally exhibited cassis, forest floor, tobacco, and graphite. Over the ensuing hour, the fruit continued to emerge and the wine just kept improving. If I were to open another bottle, I would wait 3 hours to start drinking -- I would recommend the same. This started as a disappointment, and finished as advertised.
This bottle confirmed my impression that this wine has started heading downhill. Medium to dark garnet with brick hues. Typical Pauillac nose of cedar, cigar box, pencil shavings, leather and spice but the fruit has started showing some signs of overmaturity. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied and tannins remain quite firm, acidity is medium+ and perfectly integrated but again the fruit is somewhat stewed and some tertiary signs of undergrowth have started to appear. Long aftertaste. Still quite enjoyable, but every bottle that I open seems to me as inferior to the previous one. This was my last bottle anyway.
NOT a Napa Cab. Classic left bank and drinking really well right now. Incredible balance of fruit and terroir. The grilled NY strip steak was a perfect match. Wish I'd bought more to drink in the next 5-7 years.
Opened for the boys' Niseko ski dinner as a thank you to our host AJ for organizing every year. Liking this vintage more and more. Still dark ruby and young but really starting to open up on the nose with classic paulliac tobacco and cedar wrapped up in lush blackberry fruit. Touch of leather and kink which is making it a lot more interesting and why you just keep wanting to go back to it! Wonderful balance and freshness and hard to find a better and true glass of left bank Bordeaux than this. Bravo!
Drinking very well right now. My third bottle in a year. Developed and correct nose of pipe tobacco, cedar/pencil shavings, and some bright fruit notes. Very lifted nose. Medium body with a sweet attack, very well balanced with the acidity carrying the finish. Still some tannins left and they are quite harsh. Once they melt away in 5-10 years this will be outstanding.
Impromptu dinner at home: Fine and elegant, with developed flavours now. Gentle red and black berry fruits, tobacco, dried herbs, cedar. The acids are there, and keep the palate fresh. Excellent drinking now.
Confraria - Maio - Bordeaux (Marcão House): Powerful. Special nose of spices, mint and pepper. Prominent acidity and a respectable tannic backbone; a bit rude in his mouth (which I like). Matched very well with the food.
From 37,5cl, good cork. Decanted. This only started to open up after 2 hours. I suggest you shouldn't P+P this unless you are an oligarch and intend to mix it with Coke. Still very primary. Cedar and fragrant cassis, of course. The ripe dark fruit is a tightly pulled reef knot which isn't going to unwind any time soon. Noble, ripe, racy acidity (and some not entirely pleasant volatile ether-like notes) on the mid-palate and the long, finely grained, still pretty tannic finish. Sure, this is a lovely drink now (reflected in its current market price), but for my palate true pleasure is at least 5 years down the road, even in this diminutive format. 75cl owners: please consider opening something else until 2019. 90P(++?)
orange and red in the body, yellow rim, in the color. dried fruit, plum, currants, dried herbs, black pepper, teriyaki beef, tobacco, burnt wood, ash, dust, on the nose. medium acid, medium tannins, on the finish.
K&L Bordeaux Tasting (K&L, San Francisco): Roasted red pepper, good cherry fruit, slight tobacco; sweet red fruit, good balance, integrated tannins, good red fruit. Solid bordeaux at maturity, will likely have a plateau for years but may not have more development. 91-92
Vertical 1988-2007 LB. The 1996 was the second best after the 1990. Lovely layered clean nose of graphite, underwood and currant. Very lifted nose. Sweet attack and very elegant profile with a tannic backbone to the sweet fruit. Extremely well balanced and long succulent finish. Odd as it may sound with all the praise above, it was still blown away by the fabulous 1990.
A quintessential Pauillac drinking beautifully now and likely for another decade. Everything is in there that should be- this wine delivers what you expect and in magnificent fashion. Every household should have a case of this downstairs. Carson- order me another first thing!
textbook Pauillac nose ofcassis, cedar, cigar-box and graphite, with a wave of plums at the end. Marvellously fresh and vibrant mouthful of cassis but also plum and raspberry, beautifully constructed, bright, ripe, but also elegant and distinguished. Outstanding. A word of warning – this tasted quite light on opening, it needs several hours to thicken and open up properly (or probably an hour or two in a decanter). Well, great though the Moussas is, the Bages is just that much better and was definitely our WOTN: 95 pts
Fantastic wine, typical Pauillac with an expressive nose full of minerals like graphite and pencil shavings, cedar and ripe cassis fruit. Balanced and savoury while light on its feet. The only problem was that it was drank alongside the superb Mouton 1996 which was like the Lynch-Bages squared...
Drank over lunch with friends for my 18th wedding anniversary. Fantastic nose from the beginning, with textbook Pauillac typicity: pencil shavings, cedar, ink, leather and spices. Medium-bodied with fine-grained, resolved tannins, freshness and balance. Long aftertatste. Probably at peak with some life ahead. Great and typical aged left-banker.
Mature, resolved, classic yet only satisfying. The color was right, the nose was classic LB pillowy Pauillac, but the flavor impression, while again correct, left the impression of being a bit weak and thin. Lacked any wow factor. Good only. Hopefully just an off bottle. (89)
Tasted the Lynch Bages 1996 and Pontet Canet 1996 together. While both exhibited mature notes and classic Pauillac nose, the Lynch Bages had a creamier, fuller and more complex nose. On the palate the Pontet Canet was more angular and lean compared to Lynch Bages which had sweeter fruit. Both wines are in good balance. The finish of Lynch Bages is longer.
Decanted for 1.5 hrs but really only needs 30 minutes. Well secondary and classic. Bricking colour. The nose is full of earthy, tobacco and leather notes open and beautiful. The good news is that on the palate the fruit is quite alive and firm and adds a great second layer of complexity ( unlike the beautiful 89 Gruaud Larosse we tried side by side, Papies 93). A magnificent wine pure, elegant and at probably its peak now and should stay here for a few more years. 93
Mmmm, popped and poured. After an hour this was delicious, well rounded, and long finishing. My teeth are dark purple from letting it linger so long. Plenty of time left but it's drinking quite well right now.
Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of thistle, dried herbs, a hint of leather and berries. Flavors of berries, cherries and raspberries. Tart acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold.
This is turning into a classic Lynch Bages even if it will always be lean and a bit angular. It was best straight out of the bottle with really classic Pauillac flavors of graphite minerals, cedarwood and tobacco. Finishes very finely etched with complex notes of graphite and dark spices.
From 375. Showing some maturity at the disc with a deep robe. Nose takes a long time to open - takes two hours to really show up and three to open. Dark fruits, coffee, chocolate; the oak is still integrating. Picks up just a little lavendar and orange peel. What a polished nose. The palate is rich, seamlessly balanced. Shows some ash. Reminds me of a mix between the '89 and the '90. This is just barely coming into its drinking window from half bottle - it'll take another 5-10 years to really show its potential. Excellent Pauillac.
Bill's Monthly Lunch - June 2013 (Vancouver, BC): This smelt like classic claret (especially when compared with the ’02 Pontet-Canet) with notes of cedar, tobacco, cassis and a hint of bell pepper. Fine tannins with nice acidity add some lift to the easy-going and lighter styled fruit on the palate. Drinking very well now and should continue to do so over the next 5-10 years. Excellent.
The wine looks Ruby colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Horsey, Tobacco, and Mineral. It tastes like Black currant (cassis), Forest floor, Tobacco, and Horsey. The body is Medium. The wine has Smooth texture. The wine finishes Medium.
This wine gets better each time I taste it and this is the best showing yet! Cigar box, cassis, blackberries, earth, tobacco and forest floor notes are finally starting to emerge. The tannins are softening, leaving a fleshy, soft, juicy, rich, pure, ripe, fruit filled wine. As good as this is today, it's only going to get better with a few more years of bottle age.
Shiny, quite deep garnet with slightly brownish tinge. Intense and very aromatic, forest floor, red fruit, chocolate, later dark fruit and cinnamon. Good acidity, a bit indistinct fruit on the palate, matchbox, tobacco, ash. Rather confusing, hard to see how much potential is left there. Somehow disappearing on the midpalate, but then re-emerging with some juiciness. Long, dark cherry and tobacco aftertaste with some bitterness.
Decanted for 2 hours; Medium bodied; Mature wine with plenty of minerals and tobacco, and hints of leather and lead pencils; Paired very well with the lamb rack. Not as powerful or concentrated as other Lynch Bages but very pleasant.
Glorious, deep and rich right out of the bottle, but softened up with an hour in the decanter. The second half of the bottle, while lovely, was less impressive and just didn't pack as much punch and the reported score represents the average...
Right on the mark. Mature but lively, with melting but present tannins providing structure to large red and black fruit, with soy sauce/unami and classic cedar notes. Tastes exactly like it should, and while I think it will continue to mature, I doubt it will improve from here.
Opened pop and pour at wine store. Waaaay too tight. Well everyone had to taste so I allowed. I thought it was great as other notes expressed, however, I will reserve my comments and score until tomorrow when I drink the remaining half.
Ruby in color and just starting to fade ever so slightly on the edges. 13% ABV. Cedar, pencil and sweet pipe tobacco on the nose. Pure black currants, cassis, graphite, cigar box, wet earth, mushrooms, smoke, leather and coffee on the palate. Textbook Pauillac! The wine is rich, young and taut. Great texture and mouthfeel. There are definitely some secondary characteristics developing here but there is still a great sweetness of fruit that shines through. Well stored bottles of this wine will easily age gracefully for another 10-20 years.
Intense bouquet with a lot of dark fruits, graphite and beautiful oak. On the palate dark fruits as well, beautiful balance between sweetness and acidity, firm bitterness and firm, even a bit green tannin. Nevertheless this is a great wine. Early maturity now and with another 5+ years of age on it, it might show some more elegance.
From 37,5cl, inferior cork with seepage almost quarter-way back, but no harm done. It is ESSENTIAL to decant this wine for at least an hour - only after two hours did it really open up and show all the cedar-blackcurrant-spice stuff other CT TNs praise and the astonishing, perfect balance which makes it seem weightless despite its very real substance. If you are fortunate enough to have this lovely wine in your cellar, or to be able to afford to drink it in a restaurant, whether or not to pop a cork now is almost a moral dilemma. Yes, given sufficient air time it is delicious right now. But no, I am quite certain that it isn't showing as well now as it will do in 5 to 15 years time, even from 37,5 cl. As a person predisposed to giggle at old-school wine-bores and their wine-necrophilia it hurts me to say so, but: if only you can bear to delay your gratification another year... another five years... even longer... you will be richly rewarded. 92P(+)
Four bottles drunk amongst eleven of us over lunch. Each bottle was consistent - all were stunning. None were decanted (no decanters available), though the bottles were opened 2-3 hours before tasting. Showing a little brick at the edge, nose is tobacco and perhaps some mint. Great length, very together. Plenty of time left to try the remaining 8 in the case!
Five Decades of Lynch Bages with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): Another consistently great left bank 1996 9this is the 4th time we try this wine) ! Quite a bit f browning in colour, looks a lot older than 96. Ever the classical nose and what a beautiful nose. Light earth, dark fruit, cedar, mint. On the palate it is solid, with good fruit, vibrant, good soft tannin, complex and in perfect balance. Simply superb 94-95. Came second on the night behind the majesty of the 85 Much like with the 1996 horizontal we have been to a month or so ago, and we documented in CT, 1996 is a stunner of a year and what great Bordeaux is all about.
Lynch-Bages 1996, Pauillac FÄRG Klar Färg: Medel – granat Kant: 2 mm tonar ut mot vattenklar Intensitet: medel Färgar glaset? en aning Gardiner: mycket tunna
DOFT Korrekt Doftintensitet: medelintensiv Doft: frukt - mörka bär, björnbär, rotfrukter, potatisgratäng, cigarrlåda, te, tobak Utveckling: under utveckling, nästan moget
SMAK Torrt/sött: torrt Syra: medel + syra Tanniner: medel, finkorniga Alkohol: medel, märks i en viss halkighet Fyllighet: Medel + fylligt Smakstyrka: Medel + Smak: frukt - röda bär, apelsin, virke Textur/balans/bubblighet: Eftersmak: Lång
SLUTSATSER Kvalitet: defekt, dålig, okej, bra, mycket bra, enastående Drickabilitet: för ungt, går att dricka nu men kan lagras, drick nu – lagra inte, för gammalt Geografi: Pris: billigt 65, mellanpris 66–120, dyrt 121–300, premium + 300
From 37,5cl. Decanted 1.5 hours. This excellent wine has surprised and puzzled me before and it is doing so again this evening. Everything - scent, entry, mid-palate, finish, is sweet, shiny, buffed, polished and complacent, no edges. I won't go over all over the "cedar, tobacco" stuff again, take it as given. The point is, all the interesting things cower behind a sweet, fat, purring, Cheshire-Cat-like grin which persists longer than the finish of the wine does (John Tenniel, I salute you!) I could do with a bit more cut, edge, and above all, balancing acidity. Is this a 37,5cl thing? Or a typical mature Lynch Bages feature (I remember finding the 1982, 1985 and 1986 a bit too sweet and complacent for my taste about 5 years ago)? I'm going to keep on at this, one 37,5cl bottle per year, and if it doesn't get more interesting by 2017, then the rest of the case gets sold on to someone who appreciates this style more than I do. 90(?)P
Very decent, and peaking right now. Typical Lynch Bages colour and taste. Fresh oak and dark fruit, with subtile layer of charcoal and truffle. I would not wait longer than 2 to 3 years to drink this wine.
Decanted, drink side by side with 96 Latour 2nd label, brick red rim showing well aged, showing some secondary bouquet, black currant, cassis, earthy, creamy vanilla, tannin is bit coarse compared to Latour 2nd label but still refined, long lasting finish.
We had the 1986, 1996 and 2006 together, three decades of LB! The 2006 was very sweet on the nose, almost Rhone-like and without the typical cassis, cedar, lead pencil and green pepper. More primary fruit and almost international in style. The 1996 was the best wine at this time. Totally classic nose of cedar, black currant and sweet pipe tobacco. Medium body with an elegant structure, very good balance and long finish. Probably peaking, but will remain at this plateau for 10+ years. The 1986 had one more layer on the nose compared to 1996 with coffee and some earhty element, but lacked a bit fruit, or rather the fruit was still compressed by the tannins. No signs of oxidization or tiredness, so this one will certainly live for 10-20 years more, and if the fruit holds up, it might be more balanced once the last tannins melt away.
Required decanting like 1 hour to open up and settle at this stage. 1996 Medocs are now coming into game and are wonderfull wines. These are the ones to buy. Colour is still dark, some bricking maybe and glossy. The nose is textbook bdx, with good fruit, cedar and some earth. On the palate it is very much alive yet it is starting to show the greatness hiding all these years. Another great showing from what will definitely be a superb wine in 5yrs. 95 drink frm now but it will continue to improve. WOW!
Had a discusssion about this wine with a friend who found the wine underwhelming, but I think the wine has to be taken in context of year and region. It is a "classic paulliac'. Initial palate is austere with real lead in the pencil. The immediate reaction is "will the fruit or body of the wine come through and intergarte with teh tannins - which are totally dominant at the start. The answer is yes. It takes time, a good deal of time, but the inegration occurs with several hours of exposure to open air. My take is that this wine will be a classic in about 15-20 years time. Not now and not in this decade. So for anyone married in 1996, this will be a good 30th anniversary wine, a great 40th annivbersary wine, and a fading 50th anniversary wine. That isn't to say you can't enjoy it now. the last paulliac that had as much lead in it as this was the 1983 Lafite, and it was only just coming into its own 3 years ago.
Wow. Nose is textbook Bordeaux , and just about to add secondary notes. Cedar and red fruit , leather notes. On the palate it is vibrant and alive long and with evident tannins. This is a great wine but still needs 5yrs before it develops into the beauty it can be.95+ drink in 5yrs. Long life ahead of this.
Outstanding nose. Cigar box, spice, leather, even a pain de epice notes at one point. Jumps from the glass is an accurate description. Palate carries the same noets, along with the currant and dark fruit flavors, and mineraliity too. Tannins and acidity are still there, but nicely balanced. The wine is drinking beautifuuly, but is still in its ascendency.
Fete de Bordeaux (Centro, Toronto): More subdued than the '01 with pronounced vegetables on the nose, especially mushroom. Wet animal fur. I preferred the 2001 with the meal but this is a wine of contemplation.
Acker Merrall 1996 Left Bank Bordeaux Dinner (Balsan - Chicago IL): Big aromas of oak spice and black cherry and plum. Dense, dark and brooding on the palate, clearly very backward but still balanced in that the tannins didn't seem harsh, acidity didn't protrude and primary fruit was prominent. Good spice came through on a very long finish. Again, hold for another decade.
2 bottles kindly brought by William Midwood to a grouse dinner with Charlotte. Decanted 3 hours. Not a generous wine tonight; lovely dark colour but unyielding on both nose & palate. Dry, diffuse and a little sharp on the finish. Quite hard work. We turned to the barsac with some relief.
From 375ml. This is just delicious, exactly what I want in Bordeaux. Muscular, dark, tobacco fruit with a wash of sweetness, yet pillow soft, silky and friendly with a nose to die for. Actually it reminds me of the 1985 but a bit darker. Lovely toasted oak, flowers, and a hint of bitter finish. Fine tannins still a little too present. From half bottle this is a little on the young side of its drinking window. A wonderful peek at what this wine will be from 750 when it comes around in perhaps another 3-5 years. A fine way to say farewell to our house in Brooklyn. Consumed from a paper cup, as the movers took everything else. A-
Stunning. Ever so slight brick at the edge. The nose is all tobacco. Tasting it, after 2 hours in the decanter, it's silky smooth with an enormous length. The flavour is perhaps cherry with maybe a little mint giving it some sharpness.
outer layer of tobacco, cigar...mouth watering juicy smooth, yet dry, balanced structure...very very pleasant and drinkable...the bottle was too easy to finish by myself...was hoping for more bite, but tannin was starting to come out near the end. delicious.
Ruby with hints of slight bricking around the edges, this maturing wine displays scents of cedar wood, damp earth, cassis, mushroom and cigar box aromas. The wine is full bodied, tannic and concentrated. In the mouth, it's like taking a big bite of juicy Cabernet Sauvignon. This is developing nicely and will continue improving for at least another 20 more years.
Medium ruby color with strong Pauillac earth and truffle on the nose. The medium bodied silky texture just caresses the palate with flavors of dark cherry, tobacco, pencil shavings, black tea, truffle mushrooms, and thyme. Very soft and smooth tannins on the finish, but this has enough structure, density and ripeness that can make it last another 10 years. Drink now until 2021.
Julian S-M's 1996 Bordeaux (Hawksmoor, London): Lovely nose in the cool, minty spectrum. very elegant and harmonious. Lovely energy and lift. All there. Nicely persistent. More open than the Palmer but non-the-less, this has time in hand. ***(*1/2)
Opened in a restaurant as birthday celebration. Decant for 1 hour. Dark ruby red colour, honey-like consistency coating the glass. Impressive bouquet sweet cassis, ripe blackberry, smoke, barbeque meat, and lead pencil notes and forest floor, earthy. Palatal velvet feel, leathery silk, cigar-box, strong and structured tannin with balanced acid. Impressive medium creamy finish. Cellar potential for 5 or more years. A7P7C6
Delicious! This wine was delightful right from the git go. the colour is a beautiful crystal garnet. No bricking just beautiful. All of the points for color. The nose is earth, graphite, spice, pepper, mushroom. smoke, meat. The flavors are that of a mature and classy Bordeaux. Excellent balance, everything working together. Really mellow and delicious. Graphite, earth, mature tart fruit, mushroom, grilled meat, pepper and spice. I have to believe that this wine is is in prime time. I have one more bottle and will try to keep my hands off for another year.
Drinking in a sweet spot now they should last another 8-10 years at least. Dark, generous fruit with somewhat firm tannins. We were going to have this with a big filet but we weren't hungry so we skipped the steak and drank this for dinner instead! Good choice....
From 37,5 cl. Remarkable development over the two hours after opening. At cellar temperature, on opening, closed down tight, with little scent and a thin, crabby, tannic palate. After 40 minutes in decanter an unpleasantly powerful smell of what I believe is politely called "barnyard", but to my nose is just a nasty mixture of manure, carpet glue and methane gas; the massively sugary entry lacks purity and is way out of line with the savoury, tannic, Pauillac elements on the mid palate and an unattractively dry, tongue-furring finish. 2 hours after opening (and paired with a steak) this moody prima donna of a claret finally settles down (and reminds me strongly of Lynch Bages 1985). Still more "barnyard" than anything else on the nose, but some of the more disturbingly defecatory elements have subsided, letting some sexy, balsamic, deep, savoury, spice box notes peep through. Surprisingly no cedar or tobacco aromas. The palate is more linear now, freshly planed cedar-wood on the entry; very sweet mid-palate, great warm balsamic length on the finish, which is for me the aspect which pushes this (just) into the 90+P league this evening. I saw this wine on a restaurant menu at 345€ the other night, which really scares me in retrospect, not merely because I bought these bottles for the equivalent of 72€/75cl, but because I can hardly imagine how somebody paying that stupendous amount of money would actually ever experience what this wine has in store (how many people will call in advance and get it decanted in adequate time?) At 2:30 hours, finally the tobacco comes through, but the palate is still developing, the sweetness is again out of balance with the tannins, and the finish is drying once more. What a rollercoaster. What a fascinating wine. Revisit this time next year... 90P(?)
Two years since my last bottle which showed surprisingly soft, this one is showing very nicely - vigorous black fruits, tannins that are softening but still need a few years to fully resolve, which still give structure and frame the palate nicely, the palate softening and approaching a smooth, cohesive place. Silky mouthfeel, with some underlying tension against the still unresolved tannin and the hearty fruit. No harm in drinking this now, although it's more like a teenager that is showing potential but you know will be much more impressive with a few years. Lunch with cousin Dave at Rothmann's.
Delivers everything I'd want in a left bank claret. Powerful cassis and blackberry fruit combining seamlessly with vivid graphite, cedar and tobacco leaf accents; quite ripe and powerful but impeccably balanced. Drinking beautifully right now after a quick double decant. Fantastic.
Definitely old world. Green pepper, cedar, leather, white pepper and nice restrained cabernet fruit. Did not have the explosiveness of the last bottle I had. Not sure if the extended decant was the problem, or just not a great bottle. Was a nice bottle, but nothing special
2nd and last bottle from my cellar consumed at local byob w/lamb. Popped and poured after an hour. I liked it, but not as much as first bottle. Still dark purple and nice nose of plum and herbs. Earthy smooth, balanced palate with sour cherry, cedar, crushed stones and a hint of tar. No tannins, but alas not a lot of fruit either. Probably will live on for a long time, but ready to drink now.
Drank alongside the 1995. Loved both, but found more fruit and complexity here. The fruit and tannins stood out, with the cedar, leather and lead pencil providing 'Oscar-worthy' supporting roles. Crowd favorite which featured M-Rothschild, and Gruaud LaRose
Paper filtered and decanted leaving a fine residue of silt in the filter and yielding a wine of dark purple with a rich aroma of wood and dark fruit, cassis and spices. This was a very rich and full wine with a lingering finish on the palate and an extraordinary depth of flavor. Drank it with a '95 which seemed almost like a Pinot by comparison to the richness and body of the '96. Drinking beutifully now, but, probably, unlike the 95, could stand another year or three in the bottle to start exploding.
Had it side by side with Pontet Canet 1996. The Lynch Bages was more sexy and forward. Better and fuller nose og graphite, blackberries, leather and smoke. Very, very nice bouquet!! Sweet attack and full bodied. Mature tannins which are still there in considerable amount. This great LB will continue to evolve for at least 10 years and will keep for 20+
Very nice. Consistent with my previous note; big nose and palate with black currents, pencil, earth and cigar box. Nice balance, powerful yet elegant. Not quite as much going on as the '96 Calon Segur.
From 375cl. Massive cedar/lead pencil scent immediately on opening, rather diminished after 90 minutes in decanter. Very typical hard-core Lynch Bages, at a good stage for the more raunchy elements of its personality (MENTHOL!) Not appropriate for the slow-cooked beef casserole tonight - would have been much better with sharply grilled steak or lamb chops - bring on the umami. 91P
Medium to light ruby color, just a bit of brick at the rim. This took an hour in the glass to shed an uninviting, dry mineral edge, and overtones of barnyard and yeast, eventually revealing a classic if fading nose of cigar box, spice, charcoal, and very muted dark fruit. The profile improved through the palate, with smoke and cherry coming forward. Considerable acidity lends an interesting sourness to the fruit, almost a dill pickle juice quality, with some remaining tannins emerging on the warm and lingering finish. Overall quite restrained. Not great now, some upside over the next 3 to 6 years, but this may not get any better. I won't buy any more at the current price.
nose immediately conjures up classic pauillac dominated by cedar, #2 lead pencil, plum, cassis and a sweet and full bodied finish - seemed more on the restrained side and not fully showing all it has to offer but still enjoyable - great future ahead still
Lynch Bages vertical (Morton's NYC): Strong sweet fruit with high toned acidic tannins. Long finish. Muscular with a sweeter fruit than older vintages, but with good structure. I believe this will round out well, but still needs time. B+
When opened, there was an expressive oaky and sweet grapy fragrance. Exploded a very impressive bouquet after 5 mins. Could already feel the silkiness when I poured the wine. colour: black, opaque, orange rim, good even legs 1st nose: extremely sweet candied cassis, very ripe black berry, smoky but grapy, a very little trace of being meaty and liquorish, finish with obvious lead pencil note 2nd nose: even more lead pencil, Nose: 95 Palate when just opened: rich, medium to full bodied, a bit meaty, lead pencil, chewy, strong and structured tannin but silky, very balanced with some acidity ------------------------------------------------------------------- After 3 hours decanting, showed cute pretty even legs. Can smell that all the flavours have emerged. 1st nose: creme de cassis, ripe and grapy, liquorice, less sweet but more creamy 2nd nose: exciting sweet creme de cassis, bouquet of fruitcake plus liqourice, hint of herbs, soft alcoholic scent Palate: creamy and rich, candied black fruit, lead pencil, hint of leather, trace of roasted herbs, chewy and concentrated, silky and powerful, medium to full bodied, smooth and sweet tannin and right acidity, extremely balanced Finish: long pure sweet finish, 40+ secs. Overall: Mellow. A real Bordaux wine. Good with red meat as it is powerful. At peak in my opinion. 94+
Nice wine, good Bdx aromatics, but would like to smell a bit more stink to the nose, still pretty correct aromas. Palate is still a bit tight, but drinks fine now. Think this will improve with time. Check again in 2012.
Definitive Lynch Bages. Lots of ripe black and red fruit, tannins on the back end that are becoming well integrated, and the sense of strong BDX. Like a slightly less complex 1989. Will keep improving for a while, but all about power and not grace.
Tasted January 13, 2010 at a retail tasting. Dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of tobacco, smoke, black cherries and black berries. Flavors of black berries and tart cherries. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium body. Drink or hold.
A fine demonstration of cabernet character, pleasing elements of tobacco and graphite, all robed in tastefully done oak. Elements in nice balance, with young but well-integrating tannins. Lots of patrician, classic, left bank style.
Angela's Birthday Party (Crown Wine Cellars, Hong Kong): Decanted for 4 hours. Black opaque colour with slightly purple translucency at the edges. Touch of initial barnyard on the nose but quickly replaced by very distinctive pencil lead backed up by shy traces of cassis. Fantastic fresh, fruity palate of precise rich blackcurrents and some blackberries immediately framed on the back end by precise acidity and understated but balancing slightly reticennt drying tannins. Very impressive length and good resonance in the head on the finish. It seems to be just entering its proper drinking window and is the epitome of good claret. Great stuff.
Wedding wine consumed on our anniversary, over dinner at FCC. This is hitting on all cylinders, great fruit,some earthiness, lots of depth and complexity. Every bit as good as we remember from our wedding, with added nuance and class from bottle age.
Open opening this was incredibly bretty with just a little green bean poking out above the barnyard. After three hours in the decanter it sprang to life with complex characteristics of damp earth, old saddle leather, grilled herbs, plum, a cherry top-note, rock dust and licorice. Wonderful weighting on the palate with a fresh, bracing finish. There are modest tannins that add nicely to the texture. At this point, a demanding wine that draws you in but then pushes you away. Should hit the start of its peak window in 5 years.
Dark purple black. Great nose of leather, barnyard, black currant, pencil shavings, spiice, really lovely. Softer and more ebolbed than I expected on the palate, mid to fullish weight, great interplay of black fruits, a bit of funkiness, and spice. Long finish. Great with grilled rib-eyes.
Popped and poured. Dark purple. An enjoyable nose of black fruits, lead pencil and a tad of funk (in a good way). Fine palate of black currant, black cherry, mushroom and charcoal. Balanced and integrated from start to fine finish. Ready to drink, but with years to go. In time this could be as good as the 89 I had recently. Some sediment. An outstanding wine that was very good with loin lamb chops.
12.5%. I have had this several time and I poured this last of the four. It felt like coming home. Warm and comfort. M trying to not be bias, but can't find any reason to deny this is my favourite of the four bottle by at two notches. Opaque purple colour with bouquet of chocolate, creme de cassis, blackcurrant, pencil lead, and dark red cherries. A lot more dimension and notes when compared to the others. Mid-weight plummy fruit and expressive, complex secondary flavors of mushrooms, tobacco, and herbs. Long finish, still high tannins, wonderful sweetness, massive richness on the mid-palate, and abundant power, density, and ripeness. Glad that I have more of this beauty. It would be brilliant idea to pit this against 1989, 1990 and 2000. Anyone game for this vertical of finest Lynch Bages?
Berry Bros & Rudd - Bordeaux Psyche (Berry Bros, London): Nose: cigarbox, leather, brambles Mouth: Tannic and meaty, some fruit there but still quite closed, for me, almost austere but not in a bad way. Good mouth feel and a lovely long finish. Rating reflects relative price as well - if it was a bit cheaper it would be 93-94.
I opened and double decanted immediately before serving. this wine was wonderful right then and continued to open up for a few hours. It had everything you deisre from a Lynch Bages. The wine seemed to be in great shape and I anticipate it will last several years longer.
best showing yet for this wine- decanted for about 45 minutes- finally shedding baby fat and tannins- spectacular lynch bages- smoky and fruit and sweet tannins- not quite a t prime time yet but this is gonna last a long time- one of the better ones- better than '89/90? for me, maybe so. better than the '00? not yet.
With Randy. This wine is really quite satisfying and in a good place. Unmistakable Bordeaux palate featuring black fruit, cassis, sweet earth, melted truffle and a bit of Pauillac graphite. There is an upfront lushness, creaminess even, a slightly diluted midpalate and then a fuller, more expressive finish. The texture here is surprisingly resolved, with a creaminess to the mouthfeel and softer tannin. Drinking quite well now. Could this possibly be at peak? The softness of the tannins would suggest that, yet the dilute midpalate asks for more cellar time to bulk up and gain some more depth. Overall, this comes across not as a firm, young Bordeaux, but one that has softened with age and is already approachable; a Lynch Bages that is at this point after only 12 years, from a structured vintage, is surprising.
opened to celebrate inauguration decanted 2 hours still dark with primary aromas of dark fruit and little underbrush. Initially smooth entry finished with medium tannins and medium to long length. This seems still young but there is pleasure there. If I had another bottle, I would hold for 3-5 years.
remainder placed in 1/2 bottle and corked and resampled 2 days later, with similar profile but slight fall off in aromatics...makes me think this has upside to storage (goes from a 90 to 92 on my rating)
Lynch Bages Tasting (Don's House): This bottle was decanted about 3 hours before it was tasted. Beautiful wine and my second place WOTN. Definitely the most aromatic of the wines tasted with an explosive nose of cassis and dark fruit. Like the '89 this wine continued to develop and improve over the course of the evening. Delicious layers of earth, spice and fruit with excellent balance and the backbone to go more years.
Ruby color with no signs of bricking. Intoxicating nose of classic Pauillac scents, with cigar box, leather, earth, cherries, graphite and stinky socks. The palate is light to medium weight with sour red fruit and hints of cedar. The finish is smooth and silky and has very nice length. Overall this is what I look for in an aged Pauillac. For me the funk in this wine is one of the things that make it special and unique. Wonderful aromas of earth and stinky aged cheeses. This is not a fruity wine with gobs of oak and was never meant to be. Classic Bordeaux through and through.
New Year's Eve at Steve & Barb's house. Decanted 4 hours. Light purple in the glass, this had a great mouthfeel. Very creamy with red berries and a long finish. Beautifully matched with Barb's beef tenderloin. 50+13+13+9+9 = 94
Typical brett filled skunk of a Bordeaux of a certain age of a certain place...and it makes me wretch. Fortunately, this stops short of brett-wretch, but still, all respect to CT's host, brett is a flaw and this stuff has it in spades. One wonders how this would be without the brett because it seems to have some nice lively (12-year old?) fruit and a bit of mint (Martha's?) and even some earth, not "terrior (ie-brett)' but a nice earthy resonance. But the brett gets in the way and there is nothing worse than storing a wine for 10 years and having it smell and taste like horse dung on a hot day. Fortunately, newer Bordeaux's have cleaned up their act at least a bit. Now if we can just get the Rhone to follow suit.
Nose: Saddle leather and tobacco were the first notes to impress me. Plenty of cassis and black fruit ensemble joined in a supporting cast by charred oak with a spritz of vanillins. Herb wisps also accompany what is my favorite nose when compared/contrasted to the 1995.
Palate: Intense dark fruitiness to the point where you also feel like you are consuming a floral liquid as well. Not surprisingly, the tannins are still in place and should smooth further in time. Cassis party with some mint components and great spices and some lead pencil notes. Mouth coating and lush.
Overall: More approachable than the 1995 and very fruit forward and lush. 93-94 points.
Lynch Bages Vertical 1961-2005 (Sweets and Savories, Chicago IL): nose: great contrast to the 95, where the 95 was a bit more new world driven, this is just pure, unadulturated bordeaux. Just on the nose alone it screams bordeaux and pauillac with a good healthy dose of cigar tobacco, cedar box, black and dark red cherries, spice tones, pencil lead, and some tones of slightly worn leather
taste: the tannins of 96 are certainly present. While not hard edged, they are plump and firm. More full bodied with a good dose of power providing classic flavors of cigar tobaccco, cedar planks, black and dark red cherries, pencil lead and bits of cassis
overall: if you want something that is just quintessential bordeaux, this is it. There is nothing for a pure new world fan to like about this, and everything for an old world fan to love. Nose and palate are well balanced with a full body to them along with the firm tannins and medium+ acidity. This will be a long term wine and has some good upside. Enjoyable now, but it needs a good decant to get going, this will be a lot more fun in 10 years
Extremely bretty. If I didn't know I was drinking a glass of wine I'd have been sure I was turning the stable compost. Bottle held up nicely over three days in the cellar, but I never found anything astonishing, only a very good bord with a lot of stuffing.
Mildly corked. Immediate musty scent. Straight after opening startlingly brilliant taste, but after decanting the nasty smell predominates. In mouth, 4 hours later: deep, intense sour cherry fruit with excellent robust tannins. Long and the quality shows through the mouldy small and mould taste. A bit like an old blue cheese. 86P
Not giving much this evening. Pooped and poured was not the way to go. Dark and brooding color. Very slight nose of Paulliac and the same for the palate. Needs lots of time, 4 or 5 more years minimum, based on this bottle. I believe it is all there, waiting to break the shell.
Good, but not great. Might be entering a dead period, or might be that we had it after a 1987 Heitz MV, which was rich and delicious. Very dry cherry flavors, with earth and mineral. Well balanced, might just need time.
Tasted Blind showing a nice crimson hue with little to no signs of bricking at the edge. With scents of funk, earth, leather, smoke, pencil shavings and graphite this wine screamed of Pauillac. In the mouth there was a nice caressing of the palate with flavors of black currants, cedar, tobacco, and bakers chocolate at the tail end. I couldn't get enough of this wine...absolutely lovely and a long life ahead for this wine.
Bruce brought this to a wine dinner. Simply explosive aromas of dark currant, cedar, pencil shavings and warm leather. Beautiful and profound wine, at a great drinking window right now. Opened up in the glass and became even more expressive as the evening progressed.
Tried this wine with thirtyoneknots...a little more impressed with it then he was. Fabulous nose when opened, rich cassis with some damson (at last a chance to use 'damson'). Tried after roughly an hour and for a few hours more. Elegant, but solid (yup...its a Lynch-Bages alright). I have always been struck by the consistency of LB, and once again, a classic representation of what Pauillac should be, at least at a minimum. It took an oddly long time for the trademark cedar and pencil-box characteristics to emerge, but emerge they did. Definite sense that this wine was nowhere near at its peak, which is not surprising. Yet another wine once considered "second" in the estimation of many that has seen its stock rise to the point where it is climbing into ominous price ranges like so many Bordeauxs. If you want to explain Pauillac to a newbie, do it with Lynch-Bages.
Decanted for sediment and left in for 1 hour, then returmed to bottle for transport, poured back in decanter upon arriving and left in for around 3 hours. Very integrated and still youthful on the palate, though showing a tinge of the color an aged wine will bring. Very nice fruit but not a lot of earthyness that I might expect from an aged Bordeaux. I would imagine this has a long way to go yet, and while extremely pleasant, it doesn't excite me the way some wines do. That said, much, much better than the 96 Leoville-Barton tasted a few weeks ago.
From a Bordeaux tasting at BBR. Only a quick sketchy note taken at the time. Circa €160 per bottle. For me this was the wine of the tasting, narrowly beating off the 1995 Leoville Barton and the 1994 Trotanoy (the other wines tasted were the 2004 Villa Bel Air Blanc, the 2001 Berry's Own St Estephe (Phelan-Segur), the 2001 du Tertre, the 1997 Magdelaine, and a 2002 Berry's Own Sauternes (Suduiraut)). Decanted 1 hour. Distinctive Lynch Bages Pauillac nose of cassis (always juicy yet dry!) and graphite shavings. Excellent balance on the palate, great length. Super.
Based on previous bottles, I thought these were ready to drink. This was more reticent than I remembered, and probably begged for more bottle age. Still, a nice Pauillac with black currents, pencil lead, cigar box.
Kitchen Tasting Group does Lynch Bages: Deep blackish red color. Expressive nose offering syrupy red fruit, tobacco, mushroom and smoke. Awesome. In the mouth the texture is thick but silky. Dark fruit complemented by tobacco and coffee. This is still very tannic. Nice length on the finish. This is a great bottle of wine.
Tasting Group Dinner - Lynch Bages (JP's American Bistro, Minneapolis): Redder fruit than the 2000. Mid-weight plummy fruit and expressive, complex secondary flavors of mushrooms, tobacco, and herbs. Long finish. Seems to be coming into its own. I was expecting this to be dense, blockbuster, and hugely concentrated, but it was actually quite elegant and full of finesse.
A very attractive bright and deep ruby color and a very expressive nose, with scents of kirsh, leather, tar, forest floor, pepper and ripe red fruits. On the palate is silky and powerfull. Full-bodied with still high tannin, this wine is realy a sleeping beauty! Harmonius with wonderfull flavors of licorice, currants, plums, cherries, red forest fruits, minerals and spices. Everything you want from a masculin Bordeaux. Endless peppery aftertaste. Nice!!!
The nose was closed down when tried but the flavours seemed open and ready. Still this wine didn't seem to match the reviews I'd read before or since and I wonder if there might have been something off with the bottle.
Just another weekend in leadville..; 9/28/2007-9/30/2007 (Leadville, CO): About as textbook Bordeaux as you can find and shows amazingly pure and clean black currant, lead pencil, earth and smoke notes. Full bodied with some seriously impressive fruit and I struggle to come up with another wine that shows this level of pure black currant. Great texture, purity, precision, depth and great length, this bottle showed the best on the second day and while still a baby, certainly wasn’t closed or unapproachable.
Still quite dark. Nice earthy aromas, a touch of light pipe tobacco. Very silky in the mouth, not a rough edge. Medium bodied with black cherries and some savory notes. Tannins seem fully integrated. Decent acidity still present. 30 second finish. My note seems a little unfocused to me and I think it is a reflection of my impression of the wine.
FWIW: Decanted 1.5 hours,poured back into bottle, brought to Lucques (LA) Went nicely with saddle of lamb.
96 lynnch bages vs 96 penfolds bin 707 vs 95 insignia..no losers in the bunch. Around the world theme . Similar vegative nose. Insignia was #1 at the table. Lynch the classic and the penfolds was just very good
Seattle Tasting Group does Pauillac (Seattle, WA): Wow, the most impressive wine of the night to this point. This didn't get much air, just a quick double-decant about 2 hours before service. It definitely started out a bit reticent but then opened to show cassis, charcoal and menthol. Mmm, this has a rich mid-palate, gorgeously balanced, taut, young, a bowl of cherries. Impeccable. This finishes out beautifully. Fantastic showing for a terrific young wine!
At a great stage. Beautiful synergy between fruit (black currents) and secondary (earthy) aromas and flavors. Nice balance, very elegant. Four glasses breathing filled the entire room with that special maturing bordeaux bouquet.
Gamey pungency on the nose that segues to cedar as the wine opens up. Remains firm in the mouth with plenty of drying tannin and a taciturn personality that's the very opposite of seductive. The fruit is still young but kind of tart. Mostly the wine just flexes its muscles and growls.
Tasted September 30, 2006 at an offline. Opened and decanted about 1 hour before serving in a Riedel restaurant series tasting glass. Garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose is still a little tight dominated mostly by Kirsch with a touch of dried herbs and leather. Flavors of blackberries, graphite, white pepper and just a touch of bitters on the finish. Medium acidity with firm tannins and full bodied. This one is just about at the start of its’ drinking window but I’d recommend holding another 3-4 years to be safe. No hurry. It has many years ahead.
1996 Bordeaux Tasting at CWS (Southlake, Texas): Classic wine with what I call the “Lynch-Bages” characteristics definitely present that I have problems putting into words—sort of a mixture of lead pencil and earthy herbs. I really want to visit this winery to see what grows in the vineyards and vicinity. It is a very unique flavor that I’ve picked out in all the well cared for Lynch-Bages wines I have had. This wine just seems like it is entering its drinking window, and it will evolve greatly in the future. Lots of upward potential.
Glorious wine. Pleasant but a bit one dimensional when first decanted but opened up beautifully after an hour and supreme after 2. Very forward for a 10 year old Bordeaux - not fully mature but quite approachable. A very soft, lush wine. Supreme Pauillac aromas of blackcurrants and lead pencils, same flavour. Became richer and fuller over time, a touch of menthol too. This will be better in 5 years but is a rewarding drink now. Anyone who loves Bordeaux should have at least one or two bottles of this in their cellar. A potential 96 score in a few years.
Lola Tasting: Blind Red 8 - Chocolatey sweet nose. Sweet concetrated dark fruit with some mocha. Good. N good guesses on this one either. This turned out to be a good tasting and the food at Lola was the best it has been for me in many visits.
1996 Bordeaux Horizontal: 1996 Horizontal. Nicely complex. Leather, toast. Not as open as some of the other wines. On day 2 this was still holding up very well. Long life ahead. Not quite ready yet. B++
An Eclectic Group of Cabernets: The second of two French wines in an eclectic blind tasting of cabernet. This wine had a big dose of the funk that would not blow off. Most could recognize a mature, well developed, rich palate beneath the barnyard with currents and minerals and tobacco - but too many couldn’t overlook the persistent unclean odor. Based on previous posts I have to think this was an off bottle. NR
Brought to Jeff's wine dinner at Ibiza in New Haven. Still a very young wine & we probably should have given it more air, but this struck me as pretty balance, powerful and complex. Has a long way to go and should be a real treat when the tannins integrate more!
Extraordinary. Wonderful nose of cassis and lead pencil with a slight alcoholic heat. Great aromas after an hour of decanting. Full round fruit with tannins that are already manageable. Will clearly be even better over time, but very enjoyable now. Deep, terrific color. Nice finsh.
Still a baby, even though this was decanted for three hours and was in 375 format. This is a beautiful wine though. Tons of tobacco and lead pencil wafting through a huge mouthful of dark berries. Give this a few more years and if you've got mags or larger, you better be VERY patient.
1996 Bordeaux Blend: Cinq Cepages vs Lynch Bages (Tahoe Dollar Point): Wonderful wine, great density and richness, full flavored fruits with substantial tannins in the mouth feel. Initially closed up but opened up with decanting; this is a classic Lynch Bages with years of pleasure ahead. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and Petit Verdot.
This bottle was very different than the bottle I had a few months ago. Very closed, way too young to drink. This was all coffee, from nose to toes, it was like bathing in coffee grounds in a cedar tub. Occasionally some cherry fruit would poke through but this bottle was dominated by earth tones. I love Lynch Bages, this time it came up short...
Very nice. This wine still appears young and seems to have a lot of life left. It is very dark and tastes of blackberries, currants and plums. It also has an essence of herbs in it. The tannins are firm but do not overweigh the fruit and there is a nice long finish. All in all seems to represent a good Bordeaux well.
I have a lot of '96 Medocs socked away in storage - but tonight I finally tasted one of them from a friend's bottle. This blew me away - from the incredibly pure and ripe nose of cassis fruit to the wonderfully creamy texture of the mid-palate and the long, rich finish. I'm glad I have some of this, but this tasting makes me think I need to get some more.
Ruby-red appearance. I was very surprised by the amount of secondary nuances in the bouquet. Sure, lots of dark berries, but also forest floor and cigarbox. This wine smells really good. And very convincing it is, flowing through the mouth in that subtle understated, yet compelling and complex Bordeaux-motion. Maybe a bit "narrow" in structure. The fruit is sweet and seductive, and the fruit-acid seems to suggest good longevity in this wine. But it is remarkably evolved for a 96 classified growth. To me this is just lacking a bit in fruit-concentration, dimension and complexity. The finish could be a tad longer and more tinkling. But it sure is a nice wine.
Now I’m confused. I think I’m tasting acids but maybe it’s a lack of acid and too much tannin (unbalanced)? I guess I should give this one another try. Maybe a couple more bottles and wait several years, Parker seems to really like this one...