In the bouquet still a youthful wine with dark forest fruits, graphite and earthy flavors, but in fact the bouquet is still quite locked. On the palate dark and red forest fruits, bell pepper, earth, graphite, minerals, lush and full bodied, but also firm tannin and green bell pepper. The wine is still too young but has the potential to become really great. 94+ for tonight’s bottle . Wait until 2024+.
Second bottle of many purchased EP and stored n my cool cellar since relapse. My impression is nearly identical to my May 2016 note. This is a pleasure to drink now, but it is still developing and is a couple of years away from its peak. My guess is that optimal drinking will be 2020-2030, and it will survive quite a bit longer than that. An elegant, classic Bordeaux.
Drank side-by-side with a 2001 Monte Bello over dinner. An interesting comparison. Decanted and drank. Both similarly deep red, clear, very little sediment, just a tiny hint of brick at the edge. The two wines started out as you'd expect--the Lynch-Bages' minerality dominated, the Monte Bello was much more fruit forward, but as the evening went on, the Monte Bello fruit mellowed a bit as did the LB slatey-ness, revealing a cherry note. Nicely balanced, some tobacco and earth notes, and a good chewy finish. At the end, the similarities were more surprising than the differences. Still, our California palates preferred the MB by a note.
Wine of the evening for me - just inching out Talbot '86. Obviously the two wines were at different stages in their lives but Lynch Bages stole it by a sublime expression of elegance combined with power. A more slender wine at the moment vs the '86 Talbot. Fantastic mocca component on the nose together with spices plus red and dark berries. Great balance and structure on the taste. Magnificent.
From magnum, double decanted for 3 hours. Early in its evolution but already drinking very well, with good length, lots of plummy fruit and a great finish. Complexity is coming, tannins are reasonably resolved, and balance works. Reminds me a lot of the 1990 at a similar point in its evolution.
Decanted for 4 hours. Tonight coming from a 750ml. Nose was less beautiful than last time as it was mostly dominated by green pepper and grass. Palate however was more expressive with round and dark black fruit and truffle oil. There could be some bottle variation.
Tuesday Night Double Blind Tasting, $60+ (Bin 75): Tobacco and earth nose. Dark color. On the palate a little rich, but not too much, age is just about right. I went '95 Pauillac, but understand how the richness was probably more a character of 2000. In a pretty good spot.
Decanted a magnum for 5 hours. The nose was beautiful with truffle, coffee beans, red fruit, graphite, flower and black fruit. Palate had beautiful red fruit with very good length and complexity. The wine coated in my mouth for almost a minute. This has barely entered its drinking window with at least 20 years ahead. Superb! 94+
Another great Lynch Bages with nice dark fruits some cedar notes light tannins enjoyed with Filet and Morel Mushroom wine sauce for Fathers Day. Dark ruby color with very little sediment. Glad I've got two more to hold onto for a while. Very enjoyable now but plenty to count on for it getting better. No hurry to open next one.
First bottle of a couple of cases purchased EP. Decanted about 2 hours before dinner. Dark ruby color, youthful appearance, no browning at rim. Nose was a bit restrained; no secondary notes, all redfruit and blackberries. Beautifully balanced, elegant. Medium plus body.
Like most high level 2000, this will benefit from more time. Enjoyable to drink now with air, but it will have more to give in a few more years.
Third out of the three year blind vertical after the blind Burgundy night. Deep garnet red but a shade or two lighter than the 2002 and 2006. Lots of rustic, earthy and vegetal notes on the nose. Vegetal such as bell peppers. Moderate tannins (6/10) and medium bodied. Lots of greenery, some bark and definitely a rustic edge. Long and lingering finish, that is quite dry. Drink till 2025.
Mushrooms and a clean forest floor on the nose - Good strong tannins (8/10) and definitely the best of the LB tonight. This actually appeared to be the youngest and has many more years of life in it. Very youthful.
Full bodied and rich and silky with a hint of fruit in the main body. Mint came through at the end of the palate.
Second Sunday Group: 2000 Bordeaux (Barb's): Opens with aromas of perfumed florals and a mélange of red and black fruit. Balanced and beginning to integrate though it has a ways to go, but there's nice fruit here too. Picks up a cherry quality to go along with the perfumed floral notes. Remains very pretty- guessing a Pauillac? Finishes well, with good fruit and length. Despite the abundance of fruit and its balance, it's not as complex or expressive as others today.
Dark core, garnet rim; dusty, earthy, mushroom, stewed fruit, clay, green pepper, some funk, cigar, darker fruit; soft palate, dark fruit, blackberry, plum; very nice but lacking a little balance and some nobility, good now but I think it needs 5 more years; 93+.
Great Pauillac nose of damp earth with lead pencil but with big and rich red and black cherry. Powerful and robust on the palate but already quite approachable. Hints of vanilla extract in the juicy red fruits. Guessed Lynch in a single blind 2000 line up.
Soft nose of black fruit, pencil lead and cassis. Initial earthiness retreated with an hour of decanting. Blackberry, black tea and toasted oak, medium + but ripe tannins. Firm acidity and long finish. Still evolving.
U Club Joy Of Wine Dinner. Very tight and closed nose, just hints of dark fruit, stone fruit and dry earth. Palate was also very closed down with austere red fruit, and some lead. Tough to score and write an in depth nose.
Cassis nose with hint of Bordeaux funk. Very rich on the attack. Currant and cassis, tannins breaking down, sandy texture. I really like this. David gets brown sugar. Soft, smooth, giving texture. With air, blue fruit, smooth texture. Almost liqueur-like blue fruit, weightless palate. There is a plush luxuriousness, but in a very refined, balanced way, that I find across the 2000 vintage. At 15 years, this is smooth and delicious and classy and rich and very satisfying. Bought on release, first bottle I've opened. Racines.
Decanted a little more than 2 1/2 hours. Excellent but this bottle was very primary. Red at the rim. Cherry, plumbs, nose is rather subdued. Smooth on the palate and it really is lovely but my ascertation for this bottle is "not ready". What it evolves into remains to be seen. I have had the 89 at the same age of 15 years old. The 1989 Lynch Bages blows this 2000 Lynch Bages away.
Annual Comparative Bordeaux Tasting (2000/2005) (Chicago, IL): This is a perennial favourite of mine, and tonight was no exception. A very pronounced note of green pepper on the nose. This was fantastically light and elegant, with beautiful perfumed aromatics. Lots of bright acids keeps this a real fresh bottle of Bordeaux. Drinking really well now.
Wine in outstanding condition - so fresh and bright still. Decantered for 1.5hrs. Was everyone's clear WOTN. Superb balance, structure and length. Deep fruit and cassis with a savoury tobacco edge. Still seemed young.
At Union Square Cafe w/Greg P. Decanted for about 30 minutes, drank over 90 minutes. Drank next to a '97 Spottswoode
Dark color, no signs of age. Nose is dark berries, leather, coffee grounds. Palate is classic Paullac/Bdx...great soft core of fruit. Red and dark fruits, earth, floral. Tannins are soft and integrated. Lynch Bages is a classic Bordeaux wine, this from a stellar vintage. Held togther beautifully for a 15 year old wine, elegant and still powerful. Seems to be moving into its prime drinking window. My guess is it will hold at this level for another 7-10 years
Deep dark color. Smooth nose of blackberries and graphite minerals. A deep intense earthy Bordeaux with a silky smoothness and a full middle. The finish is crunchy with grippy tannins and the classic 2000 grit along with a wonderful graphite flavor. Still needs lots of time but this is a great vintage of Lynch Bages in the making. 93+
Lovely wine, which for my tastes is right in its drinking window. For a 15 year old wine it's held it's held together well, and the tannins have softened to reveal a lovely core of fruit. The nose shows some lovely old leather characterics, but contrasts with the freshness of the palate. Pretty good.
What a fantastic bottle of wine! Very elegant and definitely close to its peak condition. Took a while to open up, so decanting for about two hours before serving is a good idea. My only regret is that this was my last bottle. A memorable experience!
i was going to splurge for Father's Day, but good fortune brought some wine drinking friends to the house the day before. We cooked up some filets (very nice) and had this. This is a great example of Bordeaux which I guess is why Lynch Bages is so valued by wine enthusiasts. Opened the bottle two hours before drinking, decanted using a vinum and could tell immediately that this was going to be a nice wine. The nose was deep with fruit, dried berries and a bit of earth. The first taste two hours later was smooth, tannins were soft, acid/fruit balance was great and the finish was long and satisfying, giving nice fruit to the end. I would think this wine will be superb for at least 10 more years, and may improve a bit. However it is a great wine right now.
Time to Taste 2000 Bordeaux (R&D's): Black fruit and floral notes with a hint of TCA lurking underneath. The first sip features currants, cassis and florals with a lengthy finish. Sadly, the TCA became more apparent as the night wore on. What a shame as there really was some nice fruit underneath.
En väldigt elegant och komplex Bordeaux i den lite lättare stilen. Mogen mörk och röd frukt, läder, häststall, svampskog, ceder, blyerts och tobak. Väldigt balanserat och elegant med början till första mognadstoner. Men är självklart ett ungt vin med massor av år framför sig.
Much better than last time I had this wine, a year ago. Very Bordeaux, smoky, stable notes, animal, licorice, tobacco, cigar box, cedar wood, gravel, pencil shavings and floral red perfume. Very elegant and cool, and very tale tell typical left bank. Palate is silky and balanced, sweet and long, with fat and red fruit. Red currants and some darker fruit, with fine acidity. Still, somewhat thin and short on the finish. Lighter styled, but very fine, especially the nose. Still young, and I believe this will gain from further cellar time. (93 – 95)
Decanted for three hours. Of the Lynch Bages pantheon, this is the most backward left-bank chateau from the legendary vintage, and ultimately compelling. Slowly revealing pencil lead, blackberry, raw steak, rose petal and cigar box. The finish sails into any stunning sunset. Fine grained tannins in copious proportions, with a silky edge. So much aristocracy and ageless. Ending with spearmint. Decant or wait a few more years. Drink 2020 -.
My good friend Dr. Jim Montgomery was kind enough to share this at Stoney's. Jaw dropping Bordeaux. Pencil lead, cassis, garrigue, minerality, an absolute killer nose. Could smell this for hours. Still tannic but drinking VERY well. Drink or hold for as long as you like, it's still in its infancy. Thanks Jim!
Outstanding. Worthy of the accolades it has received. Beautiful deep garnet color. A little more alcohol to the nose than I expected. Lush with dark berry flavors. Nice fruit but balanced with tannins and acidity. Some anise and a little earth. Long, chewy finish. Very drinkable now, but still a baby. I will have to acquire more.
En väldigt elegant och komplex Bordeaux i den lite lättare stilen. Mogen mörk och röd frukt, läder, häststall, svampskog, ceder, blyerts och tobak. Väldigt balanserat och elegant med början till första mognadstoner. Men är självklart ett ungt vin med massor av år framför sig.
Not really my style. On a night filled with big cabs this fell well short to the 2002 bond vecina, 1991 & 2006 Shafer Hillside select, and 1999 Robert Mondavi reserve to kalon as well as the 2008 kistler natelie pinot. It was week and flabby. Seemed to have no body or length on the finish what so ever. Way to thin and light to me. Not my style. It got lost behind some great wines.
This garnet coloured wine with semi-opaque body is fully mature. Aged aromas of cedar and mushroom are mixed with typical Pauillac lead pencil and also blackcurrant, cherry, cafe au lait and a hint of eucalyptus. The palate is slightly bitter from tannin imbalance and was not as good as another I had 2 months ago. Coravin first pour. Drunk at 17 degrees C. Best after 45 minutes in the decanter. Riedel Bordeaux glasses.
The 2000 Lynch Bages is a very good wine, and a nice rendition of this estate, falling qualitatively somewhat behind the very best Lynch Bages vintages like 1989 and 1961 (and probably the 2009 in time), but on the other hand outperforming vintages like 1996 and 2005 where Lynch Bages swung and missed. The nose opens up in the decanter with an attractive and youthful melange of blackcurrant, graphite, soil tones, creamy new oak and a hint of incipient cigar tobacco. On the palate, the wine is nicely ripe and properly structured, without quite the heft of the really great vintages here, but with notable buttressing acidity that should make for a long life. This needs another five to ten years in the cellar before it really opens up and the tannins melt away, but there is already a lot to appreciate if you enjoy your claret on the youthful side.
Tasting Group Holiday Party (Lee Road): Great wine, but its best days are still ahead. Going back to it a couple of hours later, it was even better and more opened. The nose has cassis, coffee, tobacco and leather. Intense and concentrated. Nice balance. It is a powerful wine. Loads of fruit, some earthiness and tobacco. Very deep. Long finish. B2K is taking forever to reopen IMO and this is a prime example. Be patient. A real treat to try now though.
I have to say that this wine is quite powerful, but regretfully, a bit hollow in the middle. The nose is fantastic with a graphite profile, the middle is a bit shallow with an austere oak component, but the finish is long and powerful. Back to cellaring this again for a long time, or decanting the shit out of it.....A bit disappointed.
Classic Lynch Bages in every respect - nose, palate and finish. Decanted for over an hour and could have used much more. This is still a young wine that should continue to mature into a truly outstanding bottle.
This garnet hued wine approached perfection. The nose was open and was textbook Pauillac with the characteristic lead pencil nose. Aromas of ripe blackcurrant,black cherries,coffee permeated the glass.The palate was full bodied and elegant. In 2011 Robert Parker rated this wine 97 and felt it would last a further 20-25 years. Drunk in Queenstown with friends.
While there was nothing technically wrong with this, it did come across as thin, almost shrill. It lacked excitement/expressiveness on the nose and palate, even after 10 hours in decanter. A poor cork/seal. Or...the wine exploded and blossomed on day 2 or 3, which is not out of the question, either. Too bad, this is quite the wine when it's on.
note: this followed the 2000 Opus One and fell way, way short of it, so obviously an off bottle.
2014 New York Wine Experience Trip; 10/14/2014-10/21/2014 (New York City, NY): Poured ex-château from a bottle provided by Jean-Michel Cazes, this wine (a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot) has aged very little since my last tasting a few years ago. Big, black tarry fruit, graphite, allspice, lavender and bittersweet chocolate are embedded in a full-bodied, freshly acidic, seamlessly alcoholic frame with massive fine-grained tannins. Mouth-coating and solid in the middle, it concludes long and with some tannic grip. Based upon this tasting, I must adjust my suggested drinking window. For those who are holding well-cellared bottles, another decade or more will be necessary. Jean-Michel Cazes thinks that this wine will last until 2064 or beyond. I suspect that he may be correct...my estimate of 2050 is likely conservative. Drink 2024-2050.
My first bottle of this. Wonderful start! Cedar, tobacco, deer leather and maybe a bit of licorice in the nose. On the palate,berries, cherries (but different than Burgundy), and black currant. My friend thought it might be beginning to develop some hard edges after an hour, but honestly, to me it only became more elegant over time. I don't know if it will be as great as the 1989, but I will enjoy the journey.
Well, my jaded, modern Bordeaux-spoof hating palate was quite surprised by this lovely, beautiful wine. Right in the beginning at pop & pour, the wine was a little worrisome, as there was some heat, too ripe fruit, eucalyptus, etc. But quickly -and for another day- the wine nearly beamed. It gave up complex dark red cherry fruit perceptions, that were fleshy and round. While it did not have the bright red fruit that the 1989 had at about the same age, this was still deep and fleshy, and hinted at a smooth tannic backbone. There was also earth and soil and beautiful claret aromas. I did not drink this with food, but it was delicious as a stand alone wine. Some might worry at its soft fleshy side, and I cannot say if it will age as well as some of the past beauties from this Chateau, but it is quite delicious now at 14 years old. I liken it to the 2009 Faiveley Clos des Cortons. Not that they are even remotely comparable in taste, but in that the CdC was the first "new style" Faiveley that I tasted and it stood in stark contrast to older vintages. This wine has similar comparisons to its older siblings yet is delicious.
Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Nutty, sandalwood, tea, darker fruit, some paint thinner, VA, extracted and heavy nose; palate is surprisingly light, acidic, green olive, fleshy; palate confirms VA has affected this bottle; really bizarre.
Tasted yesterday in Paris with JM Cazes. Absolutely stunning. So much going on in the glass and a perfume of Porto, tobacco, leather and dark red fruits explodes on the nose. Still in early stage, but already excellent now. Kept on evolving in the glass. Our table was 50 – 50 divided whether this would surpass the 1990 in the long haul. Not worth the discussion. Both are legends and MUST haves for any serious Bordeaux fan. Excellent!
My rating might be low! Brought to Inn at Pound Ridge (Jean George's) for a casual dinner. Decanted for 1/2 hour and BOOM! Bright nose of cedar and cherries. Pauillac red (whatever 'as expected' means). Great depth, lingering finish. Truly prime and rising. Drink or wait. Delicious.
Decanted for over two hours. Very deep, dark crimson color. The nose on this baby of a Bordeaux screamed left bank Haut-Medoc. I detected ripe red fruit, hints of spice, tobacco and cigar box and roasted game. This monumental Bordeaux is full bodied, tremendously firm tannins are left, and the finish on this wine is like a Triple Overtime Hockey game. It goes on forrrrreeeevvvvver. Will hold our remaining bottles until 2020 to 2025.
ett ungt vin, snyggt med svarta vinbärstoner, lite tomteklubba, aningen tunt?, brända fat toner och kola, kanske lite menthol, var ett av de vinerna som inte riktigt stod upp 100% i kvällens bordeaux 2000 provning.
Horizontal blind tasting of 10 Bordeaux wines from the 2000 vintage tonight. The Lynch Bages shows a wonderful Pauillac nose. A bit shut down in the glass, but came along with time and swirling, giving of a quite developed profile with pencil lead, graphite, gravel, a touch of licorice, stable and some dry leather. On the palate it follows the same pattern, quite shut down at first, but opening up. Cassis and dark berries. A bit thin on the fruit, with medium acidity, and a quite week and thin finish.. Overall a nice Pauillac, but to me nowhere near the 97 points that Parker has given it.
Jag har haft möjligheten att dricka detta vin ett flertal tillfällen de senaste 2 åren och för varje gång har det utvecklats mer och mer och börjat få underbara toner med början till mognad. Denna gång vara det däremot helt slutet och tunt utan någon som helst komplexitet i doften. Låter helt osannolikt att det gått en i en sådan tunnel. Måste vara något fel på flaskan när det gäller förvaringen.
Decanted for 1H. Medium ruby with garnet rim. Expressive nose of cassis, earth, blackberry oak and tobacco, very classic Medoc and solidly complex. On the palate soft and balanced with excellent length. This bottle was outstanding after a bit of decanting. Looks like this wine has finally decided to enter its drinking window. Style wise it is still a bit of a tannic and restraint wine, exuberance of the 89 not visible (at least not yet).
The wine was popped and decanted for an hour. Quite a monumental wine judging by the legs and the bouquet. The wine pours an incredible dark purple with a garnet rim and very long legs. On the nose is the unmistakable scent of graphite, crushed stone fruits, blackberries, kirsch and cassis jam. Very hedonistic. On the palate, the wine has a moderate structure. Nevertheless, tannins are seamlessly integrated and there is a great concentration of more graphite, cassis and stewed blackberries. Finish is very long (almost half a minute!) with a lingering sweetness. Remarkable acidity in the end to keep things fresh. Classic Pauillac. What a delicious wine displaying much finesse.
- Garnet color and aromas of mushroom and hazelnut. It's in total harmony and has flavours of strawberry with a medium/full body. Round texture with a long finish - Decanted for about 45 minutes before drinking; may need at least 2 hours First nose was perfume big fruit then settled down to more floral plus fruit After 3 hours last glass was the best for full body and potential
Wein mit kräftiger Struktur und dennoch elegant und ausgewogen. Der Wein ist bereits jetzt absolut trinkfertig, das hätte ich nicht gedacht. Einfach eine Beauty, und einer der besten Weine die je getrunken habe.
Wine with strong structure, yet elegant and balanced. The wine is already absolutely ready to drink, I would not have thought of. Just a beauty, and one of the best i ever had. 96/100
2000 Bordeaux Left Bank, With Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): Much like the Montrose this is a child of the "let's make something special for the millennium" and thus feels an atypical LB. Ripe and juicy wine, feels a bit modern on a way but with very nice balance and lots of substance. This once it ages some more, 5yrs min, feels like it can achieve the beauty of the 1990. Atypical Lynch Bages yes but still a beautiful wine. 93 now and easily with a high 90s potential in the future
Chicago Wine Flock..."Wines that Bill B Loves" (goosefoot - Chicago IL): Served double blind. Basically popped and poured. Amazing accessible and friendly. Blackberry and plum with everything well integrated and charming spice throughout. Clearly lots of tannin, but so elegant and fine, no harsh elements anywhere. Nobody was surprised this was Bordeaux, but everybody was surprised by 2000.
The wine is a clear deep purple with a garnet rim and staining legs.
The nose is clean and pronounced. The wine is developing and consists of aromas of succulent and almost baked plum, blueberry, blackberry, blackcurrant with sweet tobacco, cedar/cigar box, vanilla, clove, allspice, nutmeg, leather and a beautifully integrated chocolate.
The wine is dry, medium plus silky tannins, medium acid, medium plus alcohol and body. The palate confirms the nose leading with sweet tobacco, chocolate, and baked plum/blueberry. The wine is succulent really well balanced. I would drink this now, though it could probably last a few more years.
Mørk, men vandig kant Vidunderlig duft med blyant, cigarkasse, cedertræ og skovbund En del syre, men balanceret af tilpas meget frugt. "Mørk" i smagen, med lang eftersmag. Koncentreret nærmest en smule portvinsagtig Rigtig god balance. Kan drikkes nu, men vil udvikle sig mange år fremover.
HDH '90 vs '00 BDX Comparative Tasting (Chicago, IL - Spiaggia): Similar profile than '90, but tannins are much more prominent and the fruit a little less ripe. Still has a delightful mint character and a touch of smokiness on the palate. Should be as good as the '90 in a slightly more restrained style. I liked it better than the '00 Mouton. Oak still prominent. A-
No surprises. A fine pedigree wine from a great vintage. All the characteristics of a great Pauillac. Would have called this at 94 or 95 except that it was blown away by the 2000 Magdelaine that followed it.
This is a massive Lynch. Still young and a little tight, but this puppy is headed for greatness. Reserved beginning for the nose, but eventually aromas of sweet plum, cassis, charcoal, flint, graphite, and menthol fill the air. The palate is more open and is truly loaded. Lovely fruit on the palate, plum, cassis, tobacco, wet clay, leather, mulch, and moist earth (though I had hoped for more pencil.) This is a bully of a wine, but air tamed the beast - to the point of elegance. I have to comment on the sweetness of the tannin - oxymoronic, maybe - but Lynch has sweet tannin, unlike any other. This was fabulous, true pleasure in every sip. Another 20 years and 2000 Lynch Bages will approach perfection. 97+ Pts
I decanted and let breath for close to 2 hours before even taking a sip. The nose was close for at least another hour. It took a long time to unfold, but then it really came to the party. There was beautiful chocolate and rounded fruit on the nose. The palate had a clean minerality mixed with graphite notes that conversed well with the sweet fruit. The finish was very long and clean. There were no cantankerous or harsh tones to disturb the pleasure as the finish came to an end.
Very smoky. Balanced and integrated. Mouth-filling but never heavy. A genuine truffle note like I've not come across before as well as chocolate, cassis and cigar box. Entering drinking period and still needs to soften a bit. Delicious now but will improve - would love to drink this again in 5 years.
Dark crimson color with a nose of earth, leather, cigar box and currants. The palate is rich, full-bodied with a velvety texture. Flavors of currant, tobacco, lead pencil, graphite, sage, red meat and bay leaf. The flavors are consistent and resonate persistently from the nose all the way to the very long, lifted finish. This is a classic. One of the best I've tasted from Lynch-Bages. Drink now until 2025.
Bordeaux 2000 (semi blind tasting) (Amsterdam Wijn Antiquariaat): Excellent, with a long future ahead. Thick black fruits, raspberries, cherries, minerals and iron tones in the nose. Dark and powerful on the palate with blackberries, graphite and some shaved coconut. The tannins still over-powering, needs more time. 2016-2040 95+
Pop and pour. Dark color with some slight lighter tones at the edge. The nose is funky, grilled meats, and salty. Brett. This becomes less pronounced with some time in the glass. The palate shows game and herbs and some graphite. Good wine but the funk is too much for my palate.
Lynch Bages Dinner (Grand Hyatt Hong Kong): Sweeter, more developed nose - cassis and pencil shavings. On the palate more development and well integrated. Apparently this was a perfect vintage. This opened very well in the glass and I think was nearly my WOTN. This compared much more favourably to me than the Pontet Canet 2000 I had with Ray just a few weeks before.
15 popular Italian Grape Varieties Tasting (with pirates): This was one of the pirates. Deep ruby. Discrete nose of cassis, earth, blackberrey oak and tobacco, clearly Medoc. On the palate still a bit reserved/reductive but potential visible. This needs another 3 years in the cellar but will be very good.
Deep purple color. Beautiful nose and palate of cassis/black currant, dark berries, earth, graphite, tobacco, some oak and cedar wood. Pretty full-bodied with a fresh (medium) acidity, medium very silky tannins and beautiful length. This is a very classic Bordeaux, probably still not on its peak yet. Give it another 3-5 years to fully open up. Beautiful!
I opened and decanted and drank. I thought everything was there and in balance but not as developed as other Lynch Bages I've had. (I've got the 85,86,88,89 &90). I left two inches in the bottle and two days later the wine had opened up enough to merit a 92. Maybe I need to turn up the temperature in my cellar. Just kidding, but this wine is closed and needs some more time for all of its components to develop.
Decanted for three hours but tannins still impenetrable. That said, a concentrated powerhouse of a wine lurks behind them and shows more than a hint of greatness. Hold off for at least ten more years if you can.
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...
I agree with all those I can read. I wonder if Eric can include a translater in the next version. In seriousness, we opened a bit concerned but while it improved over the three hours of our evening, it drank well from the first fifteen minutes. Wow. 2000 is proving out. Classic Puaillac easily worth the mid 90s
This is fragrant from the get-go with the textbook Pauillac scent of lead pencil shavings and rich red fruits. I remember Lynch-Bages went through a long run of critical acclaim in which several people called it something of a poor man's Mouton. Well, they're both Pauillacs, and I guess that makes a bit of sense because this just screams Pauillac, but the tannin here is definitely more rugged and brawny than Mouton's, which tends to strike me as very refined even when the wine itself is a heavyweight. Well, that's the story for most of the bottle of this 2000 Lynch, but after two or three hours in the decanter a lot of the tannin manages to melt away and reach a level of refinement that I definitely wouldn't have predicted on the basis of the first glass. And the underlying material, which had started out all rich and primary red fruits, stays fairly rich but takes on a more savory cast. This is the second significant 2000 I've had which has shown surprisingly open and expressive 10 years down the line, still very youthful of course but justifying the excitement way back when -- think I will have to see what's going on with the rest...
Caramel, smoke, tobacco, cassis and stone aromas opened to a youthful, full bodied, concentrated, still tannic wine. The wine is fresh, rich and balanced. A few more years will add a lot of softenss and complexity to this cassis dominated wine.
Still too young, this beauty has begun to blossom at last. Dense, unfathombly deep purple in the glass, with a bouquet of berries, smoke and cedar. Full-bodied, with a touch of sweet tannins. This should become more complex over time and is a powerhouse.
This wine has an extremely luxurious bouquet with dark forest fruits, graphite, smoke, cigar box, mocha etc. etc. Very intense and complex. On the palate a super wine as well; dark fruits, luxurious, some mint, beautiful acidity and tannin. Starting to show itself and so much future. Great!
Don't get the hype. Find this wine to be overrated. Reserved quite tannic almost backward lack of any expressive fruit. This wine ought to be great but it comes up short. Had many examples of this. In my opinion, for the money better examples exist.
Not the most expressive nose, but in the mouth this fans out nicely on the palate. Tannins are well integrated, and fruit is still quite subtle. Good balance at present, but still drinking very young right now. Enjoyable, with its best years ahead of it.
PHMG WAG: #100 (Chez Lyon in Eugene, OR): This one just screams Bordeaux, following on the heels of the Cal Cabs. Cassis, black plum, cigar box, pencil, stone, road tar all going on and on... The depth and muscle are there, and there, and... Still has 20 years!
I was surprised how young and unevolved this bottle seemed based on other reviews. Dominated by oak on the nose and palate with just a hint of clove and spice upon opening. It took a good 6 hours of air for the oak to calm down. Plenty of fruit left so I am hoping this will balance out. I'll try another bottle in 5 years or so. 93 pts. Probably 95 or 96 pts 24 hours later based on one remaining glass that finally smoothed out. Should be really nice in 5-10 years.
I'm hoping this is just a case of it needing more time because I was unimpressed, The dark red color says this has a lot of time left. Nice aroma and well integrated tannins but the fruit just wasn't there like I was expecting. I think I'll try the next bottle in 2015 and see what it says then.
Five Decades of Lynch Bages with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): Along with the Pontet Canet this is another of the forward 2000s from Pauillac, but still it could benefit from another 5yrs in the cellar. Quite a dense dark colour, which goes in hand with the ripeness of fruit that this wine has. They oak is still around but not out of balance, lots of fruit on the nose. A succulent wine, ripe fruit, good tannin, has nice length and complexity and with no harsh element sat all. Good balance and acidity and has a great future ahead of it. Solid. 92-93
Breeders' Cup XXIX; 11/2/2012-11/3/2012: Decanted 7 hours. Typical Pauillac Cabernet nose but a bit restrained, graphite, black currant, roasted game, and earth. Tart red fruit on the palate, red to black cherry up front with leaf tobacco hints, seems very closed with not much midpalate or finish. Still a young wine. 91+
Tight, currently this wine demands more time, if you can't wait, give it a few hours of air, and some serious efforts at swirling, else you'll miss the tobacco, spice, cedar wood, cassis and earthy nose. Powerful, full bodied and filled with layers of ripe, fresh, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine fills our mouth with flavor and ripe tannins. I'll try another bottle in 2015, but I imagine it will not kick into high gear until 2020. It's a good thing time flies.
HDH auction tasting at Tru (Chicago, IL): Slight tinge of purple. Aromas of cassis, leather, and brown baking spice. On the palate, this is a beast of a wine, with lots of dusty fine-grained tannins. Some muted flavours of red fruit, and it takes a bit of air to bring them out. Enough acidity for the long haul. Medium length.
Clear deep dark ruby in colour. Clean nose of spice, earth, game, and blackberry. Dry, med acidity, smooth tannins, med+ body, big black fruit, licorice, earth, and spice on palate. Great finish. This wine was surprising. Drank very well right now, with hardly any decant. Bottle was brought to dinner by a friend, and was it ever a treat.
Sunday Group: 2000 Bordeaux (Barb's): Deep crimson color. Aromas of spice, red fruit, chocolate and vanilla. With time, herb, tobacco and roasted meat notes emerge. Full-bodied, with fairly firm tannins and flavors of red fruit, spice and tobacco. Lengthy finish.
San Diego WineSpectator.com Offline, 5/24/2012 (French Market Grille, Rancho Bernardo, California): Decanted and re-bottled two hours before tasting. Clear dark garnet-purple. Wonderful bouquet of fresh crushed blackberries, charcoal, creme de cassis. Similar on the palate, with notes of river stones and grilled herbs. Firm tannins need at least another five years to resolve. Even then, SD-Wineaux and I agreed that this wine will probably never rival the 2000 Leoville Poyferre. But it's an outstanding wine. My #3, group's SECOND PLACE (tie) tonight.
HDH auction tasting at Tru; 5/11/2012-5/12/2012 (Chicago, IL): Slight tinge of purple still. Rich nose with typical characteristics of graphite, and some blackberry notes as well. On the palate, this is a classical Pauillac, with pretty good balance all around though there is a bit of emphasis on sweet red berries. Smooth tannins, but this is still quite a beast and will require a little bit more time to tame it.
94 - Decanted 3 hours. Deep garnet core, a touch of bricking but very youthful color. Reticent nose- mineral and blackberries with a charred meat component. Medium weight on the mid palate with and a textured-slightly tannic finish. Not revealing any secondaries yet but enjoyable now. Drink or hold. 94
- Ruby color - Drank as part of small wine tasting of 9 different bottles from France, Italy, Australia and USA. Outstanding wine that was second best on the night. A long way to go to hit its peak but gave insight into beautiful complexity and silky tannins. Great wine but worth waiting another few years before opening.
Showed its class as soon as it was opened but evolved over the next hour in carafe. Deep purple color with very little sign of aging. This wine is still a baby. Dense but elegant cassis fruit with a judicious caress of oak. Aromas of cigar box, sweet spice, tar, and coffee. A long, lusious finish with firm but ripe integrated tannins. Pretty close to perfect.
Tasted blind at an offline for 2000 Bordeaux. Compared to the Pontet Canet, the Lynch seemed light on its feet. Floral aromas mixed with warm rasberry jam. The palate showed more plummy characteristics, medium-bodied, smooth, mostly integrated tannins.
This was really nice. Great nose of cedar, truffle and berry. Dark crimson color with no sign of age. A little youthful, but definitely in its drinking window - tannins have mostly resolved and fruit is smooth and rich. Should add complexity and improve with a few more years. A great wine to enjoy with a Giants SB victory.
Vinturi decant three hours; rebottle for transit to restaurant. A good bit of sediment, but very clear otherwise. Beautiful plum/dark fruit nose with restrained notes of sweet tobacco and cherry, with a smooth and 'under'bearing forest floor presence. Tannic astringency present this time; something not apparent at last try in May 2011.
Cabin Dinner II (Cleveland, GA): Cork had some seepage; soft cork managed to be removed OK with what seemed like a good seal. Decanted 4 hours. Nose of red licorice, caramel, campfire, fresh herbs, but dominated by very fragrant white pepper on mid nose. Continued to open with air, adding more prune-raisin, gamy tones, and even sugary vanilla cake batter. Very tight palate despite the decant; leathery, tart red pomegranate and cassis fruit, soaked nutty wood edges; late palate has very strong astringent tannins. Improved considerably during the night. Young; acts like it needs another 10 years to really come around.
Took a magnum to Palm D'or restaurant in Coral Gables for Christmas eve dinner and it was drinking splendidly. Dark intense nose gave way to a smooth berry, somewhat lighter than expected taste. Tobacco and berry flavors. It is one of my favorites.
Drank one a few years back and it was somewhat disappointing - though still excellent - but now seems to really be opening up. Makes me not want to wait too much longer to pop a Comtesse or some of the '00 first growths....
Second time we have had a poor bottle. Nothing pleasant about this wine. Attempted to drink over three hours but bret like flavors eventually dominated. Wondering if this batch suffered some heat damage. Could be way too young but others seem to have had a good experience - puzzling.
Had this at Wynn casino at the seafood restaurant. At $550 per bottle. This bottle was the first time I had it n love it. I don't drink at all but will taste to see n spit. Mostly don't like the alcohol, n the dry taste. But this one was smooth and can't taste the alcohol n wanting another bottle but the whole casino sold out of it. Try the 1996 did not like it at all. We had a 2004 siccain Italy but we all agreed that the 2000 was more drinking fine right after 30 min decante. The 2004 was $750 at the casino.
Still brutally young. Great nose. Fat with tobacco, cassis, and spicecake. Ripe, alluring, and deeply tempting. Alas, the palate is still more about mineral and deeply wound up fruit at this point. You can feel it there, but even across several hours it is barely yielding its potential. This is easily still 10 years out. Wait, wait, wait. Maybe just maybe baby-kill one more bottle in 5 years if I am feeling like some punishment.
My favorite post 1990 vintage of Lynch Bages, although the 2009 might end up being better, this deep colored wine offers smoke, truffle, cigar box, blackberry, spice and stone aromas. In the mouth, this wine is powerful, fresh and round. There is a wonderful sense of ripe, purity to the fruit. Still young, give it another 5-10 years to develop additional layers of complexity while it softens and becomes better integrated. This should age and evolve for decades.
Two bottles in restaurant in Zurich. I am a big fan of these medium bodied, very reliable wines, particularly in shoulder vintages like 2001 , where LB is one of the greatest p/q bargains. Decanted for up to an hour. Neither bottle was overwhelming. Both had a missing piece mid palate and the finish was a bit thin, expressing in my view age not youth. Compared with the Branaire Ducru 2000, this wine appears to lack the stuffing to carry forward any more fruit. Once the tannins wore, the typical blackberry, blueberry and woody science emerged in a nice smooth cascade. But the ultimate verdict is that this 2000 will not be one of the greats.
A still-dark ruby color. Even the tears on the glass retain a red hue. Took a while to open. Once it did, nice but not spectacular aromas of iodine, wood and red berry fruit. Fruity entry into the mouth, a little drying tannin, long-lasting impression on the palate with a rich and long finish. Mulberry-like fruit. This is still quite a youngster at 11 years on from vintage date, and at this point I am underwhelmed given the wine's reputation, but it wouldn't surprise me if this wine blossomed with more bottle age. 4-12-16-8: 90/100
Good wine but not at all up to expectations. Pleasant deep colour, few legs on the glass. The attack is smooth and still preserves some tannins yet it is nicely balanced. Dark forest fruit, oak, and pencil shavings. Unfortunately, the ensemble remains a very commonplace, average Pauillac without any edges or surprises. Medium length. Doesn't grow nor last very long after being decanted. Good this was my last bottle. Overpriced.
This wine was tasted in double-blind fashion at Vintage Wines, Ltd. The bottle was kindly provided by Rob Norberg. When tasted, this wine had already been decanted and aerated for six hours. The robe is opaque red/garnet and the nose, a bit shy, shows aromas of kirsch liqueur, pencil, minerals and lavender. Full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity and generous supple tannins. The alcohol is well-integrated and the flavors mirror the nose. A solid middle palate leads to a long, slightly tart finish. While approachable at this point, this Lynch is nowhere near its full potential. Give it several more years if you want to enjoy it at a point where it is fully strutting its stuff. Drink 1/20-12/35.
Tasted blind. Very dark wine, a bit alcoholic. Some bacon at first, but with air pencil shavings emerge too. Not giving much on the palate now - hence the score - but would be interesting to see how it evolves.
Nice expressive Cab nose leads to sweet fruit poking through the tannins on the palate. Good finish. Very drinkable now, but promising many years of evolution. Fourth in my wine group's 2000 Bordeaux tasting behind Gruaud Larose, du Tertre, and Lynch Bages.
Hurricane Irene dinner with RV at Gabrielle's. Tasted non blind with a 1989 Lynch Bages during a dinner of excellent lamb and steak. On the nose, classic Lynch Bages, with tobacco, leather, cedar and plum notes but more streamlined than the 89 and it has a modern edge. In the mouth, this wine is still quite primary and very interesting to taste against its older sibling. Dark red and black fruit with firm tannins and beautiful underlying minerality with a medium finish (30+ seconds). Powerful but with less fruit than I expected. This is a very good LB, but has not developed a great deal of complexity and is nowhere near ready for prime time. What a difference 11 years makes. The '89, still completely youthful and in your face, completely owned this wine and was its equal or better in every way. This comparison was a revelation - the 2000 needs a minimum of 7 to 10 years of additional aging, but I doubt it will ever be as good as the '89. 92+ Update 09/13/2011. Mr. Parker has recently re-rated this wine and bumped it to 97 points. I'm not a Parker hater, but what a joke. This wine will never be a 97 point wine. Sorry.
Moderately opaque, deep colour. Exceedingly aromatic, with beautiful, dense, ripe, black fruit and some toasty oak. Very enticing. Palate has fantastic balance, perfect weight of fruit and a firm, mineral backbone. Tannins present but integrated and softened. Long, mineral finish. Amazing depth of fruit flavour. Fabulous. Still young, but delicious now. Drink now-2020. 19/20
Drunk at the North Cheshire Wine Society annual dinner. This is just about drinkable but is not fully ready, with good fruit, classic cedar notes, an elegant palate and a slightly closed finish. This has the potential to be a 95-point wine when it is fully developed in perhaps 5 years time.
Aus der Halbflasche - reizendes Bouquet mit viel Cassis und süßlich-etherischen Fruchtaromen, Bleistift, würzige Noten, Zeder, Zigarrenkiste und dunkle Schokolade; fleischig; beeindruckende Aromenvielfalt; am Gaumen setzt sich der fruchtbetonte, wunderbar ausgewogene, von Kräuternoten und feinstem Tannin unterkleidete Eindruck fort; super weich, langer, ausgesprochen eleganter Abgang; toll!
I initially thought this would be a bomb of of flavor and concentration. But the wine was actually very pleasant. Nose was generous after 1h decanting but got even more open as time passed by. No hints of development obviously. Some red fruit coming out but predominantly black fruit, dark chocolate- typical of a young wine. Palate brought relatively soft tannins, with live and fresh red fruits, which predominated over dark berries flavors- quite accessible. Structure was great; perfect balance. The wine is amazing right now. BUT, given the content, this could definitely develop desirable tertiary complexity that would bring this to a whole different (way higher) level. I'd not touch this for another 10 years if you really want to get the best out of it.
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!
Vinturi decant three hours; rebottle for transit to restaurant. A good bit of sediment, but very clear otherwise. 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; wonderful balance and 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!
Decanted for two hours before consumption. Rich nose, quite enchanting - cherry, chocolate, sweet tobacco, cedar, graphite. A soft, elegant wine that was perfectly balanced and had an extremely long finish. Tannins were modest and silky in texture, some spice. As the wine slowly opened the fruit intensified, especially mid-palate, black cherry with forest floor and just a slight note of butterscotch emerging. Cedar also became more prominent in both flavor and aroma. My best guess is that is in the early stages of a long, enjoyable drinking window. Wine of the year for me thus far, a beautiful representation of Bordeaux.
2010's Top Ten (Wine Route Tel Aviv): Pretty opaque ruby color. Powerful, exquisite and dense nose with ripe fruits , chocolate and smoke. Medium bodied, good harmony – a lot of fruit and sweetness in the palate. High acidity and long finish.
Popped and decanted for 9 hours prior to serving. Still not enough time as it was still a bit closed. Dark clear red in color with an intoxicating nose of funky, earthy dirt cobined with a slight sweet spicey combination of currant, cherry and tobacco. Closed flavors of spice, and red fruits with a medium plus body. 15 second finish. Needs lots more time. Servd with Short Ribs.
Mid-dark garnet color; earth, tobacco, terroir nose, with Cabernet spice emerging with more air; closed at first; opened with decanting and swirling; balanced on the palate; ripe fruit; round; decent tannins so life left; long smooth finish. Valentine's dinner with pan-fried filet mignon and mushroom sauce.
This is just ridiculously good. It was pretty but quite tight when first opened, but over the course of an hour just kept getting better and better. This is classic old school Pauillac backed up by an extra level of richness and intensity, and is just beginning to hit its stride.
Beautiful aromatics of beeswax, cigar box and dark berries/cherries give way to an amazing palette, with waves of fruit, cedar and mushroom/forest floor. It somehow manages to be full-bodied but not heavy, all at the same time. The finish just goes on forever.
This wine benefitted from decanting, as it just kept developing a developing throughout the course of the evening. It has come out of an awkward phase and is evolving into a pretty classic cedary, well endowed wine with very nice balance.
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.... Ratings: 1996 Lynch-Bages: 95 points. 2000 Lynch-Bages: 95 points.
Very dark red with no signs of aging. Aromas of cherry, currant, perfume, and flowers. Medium plus weight with a great lush palate feel. The balance is what makes this wine great. The ripe tannins, acid, fruit, and alcohol all work together. The finish rolls on with sweet ripe tannins. This wine still needs another couple of years before it really hits its stride, and every time I try the 2000's, I'm forced to push my drinking window back. At a 2000 Bordeaux tasting on release in 2002 the Lynch was was the most accessible of the major Chateaus. Push your 2000 drinking window back to 2013!!! (originally 2007).
Decanted for one hour. Beautiful dark ruby colour with slow legs. Nose of black fruit, moist earth, black pepper and tobacco. Very chewy, nice texture with smooth and balanced tannins. On the palate, very balanced Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), Prune, Forest floor, Light toast, and Stoniness. Medium/Full body and medium pleasant length.
Had at X2O in Yonkers from my cellar. Drank this after an 03 Cos. I thought this was a much more enjoyable wine. Had beautiful fresh fruit, tobacco, well integrated tannins with a velvety mouth feel. Really great wine that could go for many more years given the freshness this displayed.
Decanted 4 hours ....very ripe red fruits on first taste....tannins were mild and tamed...nose that was a bit earthy with some leather....terrific wine that I hope only gets better......bit tart at the end and will see if that rounds itself out once it sits for a while longer
Decanted at a restaurant and we waited nearly four hours for it to come around. It never really did. Loved the aromas and it hinted of things to come. most likely another decade before all will be revealed
Way too early to drink. Stayed closed for at least an hour in the decanter. And even then, only faint hints of the complexity of this wine emerged. Its hard to guage what this wine will ultimately become but I am hopeful. Wait another 5 years.
Lynch Bages vertical (Morton's NYC): Blueberry nose. Sweet baking spice with acidic woody structure. The fruit aspect seems to represent a style change, as is the case with nearly every Bordeaux chateau at the end of the century. This wine is in an awkward place and needs a long time before it's ready to drink. Hold at least 5 years.
after the prior night's tasting i tried double decanting a bottle for 24 hours and there was improvement as secondary nuances showed up, particularly in the bouquet...notes of chocolate, dark cherries and oak. in the mouth the fruit came a little more forward and it's clearly concentrated, but the tannins are like a cloak that will need years to shed. this one requires patience
i was expecting more from this wine. while i've rarely found Lynch Bages to be thought provoking or elegant (the 85 is an exception in my experience), i was at least expecting a flamboyant show of fruit and power from this vintage. it's a very tight wine that maybe i need to decant longer, but i've experienced other 2000s that are incredibly appealing (Tertre Roteboeuf), and i've tasted young Lynch Bages in the past (the 89 and 90) which were expressive at a similar or younger age.
Anniversaire Still. En pure aveugle. Excellent vin aux allures plutôt modernes avec un boisé luxuriant, des tanins fins, un fruit mûr et un superbe équilibre. Très beau vin qui m'évoquait un jeune cabernet mûr...de Toscane (!) 2001 ou 2004. Pas encore typé mais un magnifique vin encore bien jeune et déjà très agréable.
My WOTN. Just barely getting into the prime drinking window. Masculine, not a sissy wine. Left very good taste in my mouth. Feel free to add the usual BDX descriptors if you have to. I'd buy this wine over and over again.
Aromatics of cedar, herbs, cassis and ripe black fruits. Polished in style, with some tannin needing to be resolved, the wine ends with a rich, black and red fruit filled finish. Other bottles tasted have scored higher.
Had this at a beautiful summer luncheon with special friends. Immaculate presentation of the bottle and once opened the cork displayed satisifying aromas of quince and sandwood. ephemeral in an indefinable way. I must of spent 5 minutes with my nose in the glass just taking in the magnificant aroma. It took me back to the halcyon days at Oxford, with Marcus, punting, those lazy , carefree, gay days!.... If ever a cork knows its attendant wine this is it, like Anthony and Cleopatra; expressive,ellusive, daring (but brown), hiding it's true nature but still daring to suggest, wispering it's secret, the voice that dare not speak, the love that hides it's true intent. And then we poured the wine!!! Those legs! The way they hung on to the glass and slowly, ever so slowly slid down the rim. Oh the rim! Brown but still puckish; Adonis stood proud upon the field of battle! Strident, stalwart, blessed. A statuesque muse for the drinking classes. Michelangelos David , writ in all his glorious sensual might. And then the taste. Oh the taste. The ambrosial nectar of the gods spilled on to my ever welcoming lips. Ophelia and Oberon danced their whimsy across my enchanted palate...oh to taste....oh to suffer the torment and the pleasure. Salty but sweet, I drunk like a greedy giddy choirboy, enraptured, spellbound, a whispered longing in the vespers, like the first throws of Debussy on an untrained mind.
Best of Bordeaux vs Kings of Kalifornia (prima): nose - plenty of old world funk. mouth - cherry fruit, good tannins. Hitting some palate fatigue by this point in the evening. Steve with more Lynch Bages experienced picked it out right away.
Young and indeed is just starting to be great. Needs to breathe after opening. Actually quite light in the mouth but the tannins work well with the fruit to deliver a long finish with some good secondary notes coming through. This wine has the poise to last years. Very good.
Good concentration with classic lead pencil and cassis. Touch of bitter on the end. I tasted this under fairly uncontrolled circumstances (too cold and I'm not sure how much aeration was done), so I'm not including a score, although I noted it as a 91 during the event.
I tasted 4 wines at the same time and ranked them in the following order from favorite to least favorite: 1994 Caymus Special Select, 1995 Haut Brion, 2000 Lynch Bages, and 2000 Leoville Las Cases. The Bordeaux wines clearly were still too early to drink.
At Wijn Antiquariaat AMS 3 hours open (blind tasting). Dark purple colour. Abundance of black fruits, cherries and raisins. Big masculine wine again tons of fruits. Lingering on. Many tannins, for the long run - probably only really mature around 2020. Several of us thought it was the Mouton 2000!
I'm unsure if this has evolved much since I last tasted it 2 years ago. Less aromatic than I recall, but perhaps a little more expressive on the palate, showing more depth and a notable finish. It wasn't as dense, giving an overall impression of a rather young wine with tremendous future potential. I will leave well alone for another 3-4 years.
A bit young, but the nose already gives off an amazingly fragrant bouquet that smacks of Bordeaux....tobacco, red fruit, smoke, cedar. I did not think the palate quite matched the nose, though probably just being tight and young. Good cherry flavors, with a bit of leather, but again somewhat muted. A must to try again in 10 years.
What a difference with years that I have tasted from Lynch-Bages...This wine is just monumental it has a typical LB nose with finesse and power nicely melted together...this is not overly sweet but very classicaly made...this wine is certainly not closed but will develop further for many years...www.everyoneweb.com/chateaujochen
Really smokey on the nose, massive nose with a ton of stuff going on. This is young, but very balanced and structured. This will get really good with age, but for now showed big smokey dark fruits, licorice, and an earthy undertone.
A friend wanted to try this. Second bottle from the case. It is the wrong moment. The wine is in its closed stage. There is a lot of cassis, bitterness and lead pencil. The tannin is unfriendly at the moment. This wine holds a promise, but my guess is you should wait at least another 5 years. It will definitely be a great wine in 2020. 90 points for the moment, but including the potential at least 93.
Opened and decanted for 90 minutes; scents of deep wet earth. I found it rich and lovely but others were a bit put off by it. They were admitted Bordeaux noveau though. :) I thoroughly enjoyed the wine and it definitely got better as it opened up. Probably still a baby.
This is very tight at this stage. At first, very nice nose of blackcurrant, plums and blackberry jam, mixed with pencil lead. With air, fruit subsides and herbal notes emerge - dried thyme especially. Very well structured, and way too young. I'd wait with this one at least 5 years.
Deeply colored with notes of cassis, leather and black fruit, the wine was already starting to show well. Very concentrated and full bodied. On the palate, the wine delivered a lush, powerful feeling, similar to the 90, but with more power. The finish was long, clean and pure. Tasting this made me happy knowing I had a case laid down in the cellar. 5-10 more years of bottle age will really add a lot to the wine. However, for Lynch Bages, this is very precocious and will deliver a lot of pleasure early in life.
Served single blind--I knew it was LB, but thought it was the 95. I was surprised as the fruit tasted so young, it was a little disjointed and thin on the mid-palate. However the wine hadn't been decanted and as a result didn't show well--I was also served the dregs of the bottle and had a terrific amount of sediment that soured my glass. I would like to revisit with a properly decanted and served bottle.
Cherry, vibrant character, earth, well integrated with a nice finish. The nose suggest a great wine however I did not think the palette held up as well. This is one of the few Boudreaux wines I continue to underrate against others.
Holiday Party (Jeff): Dark ruby color. Blackberry nose. Tastes of black currant, violets, blackberry, cherry, graphite and earth. Full bodied. Excellent balance. Fine tannins. Incredible mid palate depth and complexity. Amazing elegance and complexity on the finish that literally lasts for several minutes. Young. Needs time. Simply outstanding. My personal WOTN.
Nose: Initial impression that leaped at me was tobacco and a dark, lush, fruit brooding nose. Similar to some of the other great wines this evening in nose - buckets of cassis, leather, tobacco, cedar, pencil, and some minor flower notes.
Palate: Can a wine be tough and tame at the same time? Perhaps a gentle giant is how I would describe this. Mouth coating, immense, plush, velvety and just oh so pour me some more and leave me alone feeling. Well balanced and just a wonderful example from Lynch.
Overall: I think this will become greatness and warrant higher scores in the future, but is just too young at this point. 93 points.
Lynch Bages Vertical 1961-2005 (Sweets and Savories, Chicago IL): nose: this was starting to be open for business and is starting to show off the pomp of the 00 vintage with a tobacco driven core along with red and black currants, creme de cassis, cedar box, pencil lead, and dark red cherries. There is a creamy aspect to the nose that adds an extra layer of depth to it that draws me in more and more as I smell it and let it sit in the glass
taste: very young, but not neccessarily brutally young. Lots of tobacco with red and black cherries, cedar box tones, creme de cassis, pencil lead, and black currants give this young wine a great array of well put together and complex flavors with a lot of depth. Firm tannins provide a big armadillo like spine, but they aren't fully overbearing and we are just starting to see what this wine may have in store
overall: This is a great young bordeaux. There is greatness lurking underneath that will require time to come out, but it will certainly take you for a ride when it does. For me, this is showing off what a fantastic vintage 00 is as there is a ton of depth and complexity. This will be added into the benchmarks for lynch and is one to look forward to it when it fully comes out of its shell
This wine still needs alot of time. A really big and ripe wine with a bit of alcohol. Still very tannic and dry. Some sweet fruit on the nose with some spice box. The palate was tight and unappealing, I can feel the complexity and fruit trying to struggle and come out, but right now it's being heavily pushed back. This is not a pop and pour wine, I wonder how long people had it open for that are giving it the 92+ scores let alone 97+? Do you score this based on it being a 2000 lynch bages? If this was blind would it be scored so high?
This marries the levels of concentration found in the 89 with the supple tannins and plusher style found in the more approachable 90. Still incredibly young, this will grow up to be a stellar Pauillac. Boatloads of concentrated, juicy ripe fruit are found in every sip. This has all the right stuff to age and evolve into a great bottle of wine.
Opened for 4 hours before drinking. Used the SOM to air the wine. Seemed quite tight and not seeming to give much up. Smoke and black current. Good dark color. Was expecting more from this wine. First bottle of a case and a half, so it was good for educational purposes.
Almost black in colour, with an absolutely knockout bouquet of black cherries and sweet leather. Superior structure of dark fruit, tea, cigar box, and red plums. Wasn't as good the next day, leaving me to believe that this wine may not improve much more over the years, although it will certainly last for some time.
Dinner with Otto (Backstreet): Intoxicating nose of dark fruit and french oak. Tastes of blackberries, raspberries, black cherries, earth, leather and pencil lead. Medium bodied with excellent balance and freshness. Extremely complex in the mid palate. Poweful finish that goes on and on. This wine has a glorious life ahead of it.
Kitchen Tasting Group does Lynch Bages: I throught this was even more impressive than the 2003. The nose is deeper and more brooding offering dark fruit, dried herbs, tobacco and coffee. In the mouth this appears much more structured, but the concentrated fruit is equally impressive. Great, silky texture. An impressive wine that needs many more years to develop fully.
Tasting Group Dinner - Lynch Bages (JP's American Bistro, Minneapolis): This was closed, but hinting at very interesting things. The nose shows more Pauillac pencil lead and cedar than the 2003. Coffee, dark fruit, licorice, and chocolate, with a hint of the classic Lynch-Bages herbal/leafy tobacco flavor profile. Seems very true to its terroir. Tightened up considerably after an hour in the glass. My score may be conservative here.
Steak night with Scott Manlin (Sammamish, WA): Where did this come from? I don't really recall it, as we were DEEP into the silly portion of the evening. But it is listed on my tasting sheet. A few recent tastes of this great, great wine do suggest that it is starting to open up lately.
Tasted with friends over short rib (beef) in wine and port sauce. Cork was removed and left to air for 6 hours, then decanted for 1.5 hours and drank over an hour. The LB was third in a blinded flight of wines that included; 1989 Burgess Cab, 1996 Ornellaia and a 1998 Michel-Schlumberger reserve cab. Dark blood red with stupendous legs. The nose was a kleidoscopic array of chocolate, coffee, damp earth, tobacco, truffle and dark fruits. Dense and broad on the palate, with superb balance. The fruits are still primary yet, but of substantial presence. Tannins are velvety and very accommodating. It finished nicely, neither complex nor long. Overall, the dazzling olfactory acrobatics did not carry through to the palate- perhaps reflecting its immaturity or dumb-phase. When mature (or awake), it will merit a much higher score. It was my (and wife's) wine of the flight, but ranked last by 3 (of 8) in our group. All 3 are certified French aversed oenophiles.
Impatience prevailed and I cracked a bottle a year or so early. I decanted for 2 hours and drank over the next 2 hours. For future bottles, I would start drinking at 4 hours. Shared with my wife and neighbor (Justin) on the deck wishing for Spring. Wonderfully smooth tannins and complex balck fruits. Wonderful leggs. It made me realize I needed another case or at least as much as my marriage would allow. Greed controls me with wine. I love it.
Seattle Tasting Group does Pauillac (Seattle, WA): Mmm, ripe, caramel, leafy, cola and perfume. Quite tight, but wow this is MASSIVE, loaded with layers of decadently ripe fruit, mineral, and tobacco. This was a very oaky showing, but the wine is gorgeous.
Pop and pour...well integrated already, tannins noticable but not problematic. Lovely nose and palate characteristic of Pauillac...tar, lead pencil, black currant...quite a nice wine. Will drink the other half tonite.
A very fine wine with a lot of potential. Tasted with the sassicaia 2000. The LB has the most potential and at the moment it was still a bit tight. Good chance that the LB will surpass the Sas in 5 years. for now: The sass wins.
A great wine it is, but (and this is very personal) the bordeaux (French) nose is too much for me. Me and my wife call a noose with too much cream and wet towels for our taste a French nose. So in this flight served blind, it was not easy to pick the Sassicaia...
very jammy fruit, tannins a bit dry and not integrated yet. nice acids to back the fruit up (or the other way around?) Jummy wine.. very nice use of wood: not too much and very well integrated in the whole. also"lots to taste.. (just don't sniff too uch :-) )
medium bodied, dark inky purple color......nose is somewhat slight and mostly of coal, tar, tobacco, and earth. The fruit, mostly raspberry, is not clearly evident until the finish. Most of the concentrated flavors are of smoky cedar, tobacco, oak, and saddle leather. Tannins are not in your face, but are clearly present. Finish lasts about 30 seconds. This needs some more time. Did not open at all the first night, very little the next day. I'm glad that I have another bottle. I'll give it at least another 5 years unless I buy more. 90 now, potential for 93
Oh this Lynch is progressing nicely. Not nearly as shut down as the last time I looked at it. Tar, soy sauce, cedar. Black as midnight oil. I opened it for a Lynch lover that hadn't tried it. Nice but it will be much better later. Still not the jammy Paulliac bomb it was on release.
OpusOnecomes to NYC (Queens/NY - my house): Buttermilk? amazing nose. that slowly was replaced by black and red berries and pine needles. Chocolate arrived later. tannins are very powerfull. loong finish. lots of depth and fruit. this was my WOTN. 2nd Day - closed. lots of tobacco and sweet fruit but less giving - we'll see later tonight.
Juicy, fruity, quite tannic but fruity, cedar tannins. Coffee grounds, lead pencil. Medium weight. Good finish, dry on finish. Dark thick muddy berry fruit. Lots of structure, but a wide structure, not backwards. Minty eucalyptus. Juicy Nice secondary flavors. Strangely compelling.
Day 2: Still some think tannins. Still thick with coffee. A little flatter, tamer. Nice herbs along with bitter dark thick flavors. Not ready.
Dark red appearance. Smells like tea, rose petals and peppar. A bit lettuce" like. The wine is large bodied with the most exquisity sweet core of fruit. This is really seductive and wonderfully balanced, in spite of a high degree of tannin. The aftertaste is medium long.
To celebrate the cellar move, I opened a bottle of this. Unfortunately, I did not plan ahead, so I just poured it directly into our glasses. Tight does not begin to describe this wine. It is closed for business with smoke and char and not much else. I saved half the bottle for the next night. After 28 hours open, the wine had opened a bit. Tonight the nose is still tight but the smoke has subsided to reveal candied blackberry and heavy vanilla. Best of all this wine exhibits a great mouthfeel with tons of extract, strong tannins, and tremendous structure. Despite being very close, it has a long finish. If only the fruit wasn't hiding.
Tasted blind at Jason & Tracy's. I immediately guessed Bordeaux 2000 (good) based on the nose, but incorrectly guessed Monbousquet (bad) due to the smoke & charcoal that was very evident. This wine is terribly shut down, and over the course of eight hours it barely budged. Whatever fruit is there (and I remember it 6 months ago when it was oozing with fruit) is now trapped behind an iron curtain of tannins. The nose shows a lot of initial mineral, graphite, and char. After about 6 hours some tobacco and black cherry emerge, but the palate barely budged. This was a disappointing showing, but this wine will be back in force in 10 years...
Tasted unblinded at 2000 Bordeaux horizontal at the home of Marshall Banker. Opaque purple robe with purple rim. Clean nose, showing very intense aromas of licorice, black currants, kirsch, game and creosote. Full-bodied on the palate, with huge, ripe tannins, relatively high acidity and similar flavors as for the nose. Long finish with a bit of heat. Classic Lynch.
Seattle Tasting Group does 1990 Bordeaux (Woodinville, WA, USA): Group average 90.75 points. As a ringer I brought a 375ml of this which had been decanted for 24 hours. Stunning purple. Smoke, tobacco and tons of oak on the nose. The palate is creamy, nothing like it had been 18 hours earlier. This continues to be huge, heavily extracted, loads of flavors, amazingly primary right now. This will be a fun wine in 10 years!
Decanted for 7 hours. After 5 hours this thing was tight as a drum, totally closed for business and very disappointing. And then it relented. The nose is smoky, earthy, full of tobacco, creme de cassis, yet still quite black. On the palate this is massive, black, and closed. Yet there are layers of fruit and extract, dustiness. The finish is tannic, powerful, tight, yet lingering. With a couple more hours this is softening yet at the same time closing. It is a weird, educational experience.
Cedar, graphite, heavy dark fruit. Dark fruit nearly overpowers rest of nose. Great mouthfeel. Impeccable balance. Though wine is very young, everything is in place. Enjoyable now. Medium to long finish. Strong black fruit. Mouth coating. Should be extraordinary.
Sampled at the Union des Grand Crus trade tasting of 2000 Bordeaux. Great nose - almost floral. Soft as a feather pillow. Ripe currant and raspberry flavors. A ton of fruit. Incredibly fine tannins. Lighter-bodied, but a big wine. Definitely in my top five of the tasting.
Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux (2000 Vintage) (Intercontinental Hotel Chicago): Tried this in Jan 2003. 75% Cab Sauvignon, 10% Cab Franc and 15% Merlot. The best wine of the tasting. Thick wide legs. An earthy leather filled nose. A soft supple wine with black cherry and coffee notes. It finished with a delicious burst of fruit. A well balanced wine with intricate fruit nuances and elegant tannins. 96 points.