In the line up of these wines (all tasted blind) the Lynch Bages was clearly at disadvantage being what I believe in its tunnel phase. I have lost my notes from the tasting but I remember a pretty nose of dark fruit, moccha, tobacco but being very disappointed when tasting it. Tannins clearly dominate and I don't really have the experience of judging a wine at this stage but to me it lacks balance, I doubt the fruit element is enough to carry it through (?) its dumb phase. No score given, it would be unfair. I really hope it will come around in another 10-15 years or so. Will for sure wait it out for my own bottles.
2008 Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Cazetiers, 1er Cru, Olivier Bernstein 2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Ch. de Beaucastel 2008 Ch. Lynch Bages, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac 2006 Côte-Rôtie, La Mouline, Domaine Etienne Guigal 2005 Le Chambertin, Grand Cru Domaine Rossignol-Trapet 2005 Hermitage Rouge Domaine Jean-Louis Chave 2005 Ch. la Conseillante, Pomerol 2003 Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos St. Jacques Domaine Armand Rousseau 1990 Ch. Palmer, 3ème Cru Classé, Margaux
Deep purple, almost black, inky core. Punchy and youthful aromas of raspberry, violet and vanilla. On the palate this medium to full bodied wine reveals layers of cassis, chocolate and licorice. Very good alcohol/acidity balance and a viscous and soft texture. The tannins are abundant but not quite fully integrated yet. Needs another 2 to 3 years to reach its peak but will easily cruise for another 20 after that. Medium to long finish. Drinking window: 2015-2035.
Possibly the wine did not get enough airtime, because the bouquet was completely locked and on the palate the firm tannin was not very approachable. The wine is loaded with cassis and also has a nice touch of sweetness. For tonight I scored it 90, but with enough age on it, my previous score of 93 will be probably more correct.
Smells of sweet dark-red fruits, dates, cedar, & slightly of an earthy mildew. Tastes of soft subtle dark-purple fruits, game, oily bacon grease, and has a tang. Nice acid. Full bodied. Drinks nicely after 30 minutes in the bottle, but far from a homerun.
Open n decant for 3 hour. Smell sweet.. Light but still prefer the pontet cenet 08 to this. Update...it went sour after 4 hours in decanter... Finish in 9 hour..didn't get better. So I would say drinking window is from pop to 2 hours in decanter..
Luxurious and extremely youthful bouquet with cedar, cassis and other dark fruits. On the palate cassis, licorice and graphite. Great acidity, round tannin and a pleasant touch of sweetness. Still quite open and extremely youthful. Really beautiful in this stage already, but I am certain that around 2022 this will offer even more complexity and score higher. 93 for now.
Very good and it will only get better as I drank this wine way too early. Hint of caramel and vanilla, blackberries, and cassis. Tannins overpowered everything. This wine needs a lot of time 6-8 years at least.
More 2008 Bordeaux (SF Wine Trading Company): Quite dark but not as saturated as the Grand Mayne. Chocolate, green olive and mint. Nice, lush, balanced feel with black fruit, terrific acidity and good structure at the end. Completely clean, really good.
Had this wine before dinner. Pop and pour. Swirling, swirling, swirling. Very tight as expected from such a baby with a massive tannic grip. Nose of pencil lead, light cedar, oak, barnyard funk, and earth. The first taste is rich, and acidic on the tongue. Nice immediate burst of cherry and pomegranate with excellent tannin structure. The wine quickly retreats after about 15 minutes and suddenly it feels like I'm licking the inside of an oak barrel--the flavors are thin, watery, cherry and cedar. 2nd night I have 3/4 bottle left...wine seems balanced, more viscous, with classic cedar, lead pencil, and bing cherry flavors. 3rd night, 1/4 bottle left...wine has released most of its grip and is playing nice on the tongue! Still a very dry wine, but the tannins mellowed a bit, and the nose and flavors seemed much much more in harmony. No doubt this infant will age nicely. 89/100
WFA - 2008 Bordeaux Horizontal (Suntec Convention Hall): Very sweet and intense on the nose with creme de casis, floral, spices, pencil shaving and ink. Sweet, entry that gain weight on the mid palate with mouth coating structure. Well balance with great freshness. Good depth here but ended a bit simple with medium length, grippy finish. Very good but not great. 87-88+
Reductive , smelly egg and aged tea with vinegar on the nose but took another pour from a new bottle. Talcum powder and rose and Asian spices. But the palate was nicely lively with ripe dark red fruits and acidity to hold. Again a wine saved by the palate. But quite childish though.
2008 Bordeaux: I was very impressed with this wine right from the start. The nose is more black raspberries with plenty of fruit. Just a bit of graphite. Nice juicy texture and plenty of tannins. Black raspberry fruit. A nice streak of acidity. There is a lot lurking here. This is the first LB I have had in a while that i really liked. Probably am not a buyer at $80+ though.
Has a very purple-fruited sense, with some sweetness a la dates, prunes (not meaning overripe however). Suffers from a bit of tartness and thinness on the palate, doesn’t quite have the oomph that you hope for.
taste: full bodied and brutally young tannins that completely thrash the palate. Behind the oppressive tannins lie tones of red and black currants, pencil lead, red cherries, dark red fruits, and some slight hints of florals
overall: insanely young. The tannins were so brutal that it took a couple of pours to really get much from it. This does have a lot of promise behind it and is well worth waiting for, it just may take a while
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2008 Tasting (The Barker Hangar – Santa Monica, CA): Extremely ripe on the nose with aromas of lavender, licorice, and currant. The palate is surprisingly dense and extracted with earth and herb driven fruit lashed by firm tannins and acidity. At first I thought this had surprising fruit density compared to other recent offerings from Lynch Bages but then the wine finished somewhat thin. Quite perplexing as I think this has potential but it comes across as a bit of an enigma right now. 90+?
Decent fruit, definitely on the lean side, some acidity coming through, finish falls flat. Of the few 08s I've tried so far, I'm not feeling the love for the vintage, which is well below 05, and not even on par with 06 or even 04.
Ruby red with lovely classic left bank aromas; blackcurrant and cedar with a touch of graphite. Powerful yet still elegant with a freshness from the bright acidity and weight from the dense mid palate of ripe blackcurrant and tobacco. Very long. Lovely.
08 Château Lynch Bages showed deep ruby with purple tints. Jammy berries, oak, and cassis in the nose. On the palate, the wine showed good concentration, freshness, and ripe character, finishing with hints of boysenberry. Some dryness was detected in the finish. This is a better effort than their 2005. Starting in 2008, the Chateau announced they were changing the name of their second wine to Echo. The reason for the change to Echo from Haut Bages Averous was a practical one, according to Jean-Charles Cazes. When asked why the change, with a smile and a knowing look he said, “It’s much easier to pronounce”. He was right. 91-93 Pts
Bordeaux 2008 (Bordeaux): Since tasted en primeur, when it was more full bodied, robust and suave, the wine seems to have tightened up in June, retaining pure black cherry and cassis aromas with black licorice and hints of toast , but more tannic and just harder to evaluate but evidently showing promise. 91-93+