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.
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(Lynch Bages) The Lynch Bages started slowly and finished strongly. While at first grassy, green and gamy, it opened up into a meadow of goodness, and bread and anise soaked up all the grass, and it blossomed with more flesh and power on the palate than anything else prior.
(CHAT LYNCH BAGES) #3; COLOR-really nice w/ brown edges; NOSE-very Old World Bordeaux, tobacco, dark cherry, hint of cinnamon; TASTE-great complexity on the palate, really nice sour cherry classic Bordeaux, earthy tones, stones, black raspberry, great w/ steak; RP-94; GV-93
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