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!
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(Lynch Bages) This was very very closed on the nose. I actually didn't smell anything. I swirled and swirled but could not really coax anything. It was the end of the bottle too. The palate was tight but I got more out of that than the nose. Somewhat fleshy with dark concentrated fruit, nice acids and some pretty clamby tannins. The fruit though extended on the finish. It was sweet, classy and very nice. Do not open for at least five years.
(Lynch Bages) This was completely closed down. Hint of earth and mineral on the pretty ungiving nose. Dense and ripe with great fruit. Long, long, long but also tannic, tannic, tannic. Incredible underlying material but very tough to taste today.