What a fantastic wine. Dark purple colour. Plummy nose with liquorice, blackberry, luxurious oak, sweet spice and hints of cedar. Full-bodied, rich and generous, velvety-textured with textbook tannins, medium acidity and a long aftertaste. Still youthful, yet extremely pleasent with huge aging potential.
Deep purple. Nose is rather monolithic as expected and needs time to open up. Smoky vanilla oak, dark cherries, cassis and cedar. Tight on the palate with impeccable, perfectly ripe tannins, fluid texture, and aromas of licorice, dark berry fruit and subtle oak. Does not yield much as far as aromas are concerned but it has such a great balance and concentration that it makes a wonderful drink even now though at a fraction of the enjoyment it could give when fully mature (say ten to fifteen years from now).
Drank sitting outside a restaurant in Fontainebleau with cheese and charcuterie. A bit monolithic and uninspiring which I put down to its youth. That said, it was fresh, harmonious with smooth tannins. I generally find this chateaux to improve more than most with age - I am still enjoying the 1970! - so will revisit in 5-10 years and would not be surprised to be blown away by it. If drinking now though, would suggest serious time in a decanter
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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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