One year since last try. My fault for late decision to open and only had time for 90-minute decant. In spite of this, very enjoyable... Thick mouthfeel and great dark fruit, with an interesting nose since last visiting this wine: violet! While this was wonderful, I still say, "Wait!" I'll never be able to wait as long as I should, though, and will continue to evaluate these once a year or so. Wish I had more...
Decanted for 3 hrs, crimson, creamy black cherry & vanilla, mod. tannins, long finish; delicious but still young, drinkable with this decant but still fairly primary. Blind, I would have guessed top shelf California. Long life ahead!
Drunk in tandem with the 2010 During a lunch with two friends thus the comparison couldn't be more obvious . The '09 Was more ripe and a bit more open so that makes this wine more accessible right now. It was a bit unblanced with a good acidity but a low tannins level. It clearly lacks the depth and complexity you research in a 150+ dollar bottle of wine.
Really nice. I think starting to enter a drinking window. Needs decanter for hours...but we didn't. Slow oxed a magnum for 2 hours which probably helped zero. Nice rich nose, very dense syrup berries and fruit, violets, some oak. Drinking much tighter, tannic, black tea, a bit oak, nice fruit but in my opinion still way to young. Loooong finish. To drink it is to sacrifice a young one that I know will turn into a great wine. Would wait 3-5 years then probably drinking well for another 20+ after that.
Tasted blind. Very dark in colour, no discolouration. A bit of oak on the nose, ripe fruit, creamy. On the palate backward, grippy and towards the finish drying tannins, tight, spicy, ripe and concentrated. Good length. Needs time. 92-93+
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(Chateau Lynch-Bages (Pauillac)) An exotic, spiced nose, showing some barrel influence of course but there is undeniably a wealth of ripe fruit here, with rich, deep, savoury and complex nuances. The palate is beautiful and truly very convincing. There is an elegant substance and flesh, and yet a lifted delicacy to it all, with the fine-boned presence of tannin together with fresh acidity. The finish is savoury, long and intricate. A very convincing vintage for Lynch-Bages, and one of the best showings at two years of age that I can recall in recent years. Delicious style and superb potential.
(Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac) A deep and glossy appearance, with a crimson-blue rim. Very dark fruit on the nose, dark berries, and forest fruits, all with a sweet and slightly gritty character. On the palate a very sweet depth of fruit to match, creamed forest berries, velvety tannins, with lots of grip and spice. The acidity takes a backseat here, and overall it seems very open and approachable now. All the same, very good.
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