HDH Bordeaux Auction; 10/30/2015-10/31/2015 (Chicago, IL): Ripe, big, and pruney nose. Why is this so damn big? But whoa, this is surprisingly not ridiculously over-the-top. A slight bit of pencil on the nose. There's a whole hell of a lot of leather on the palate, and very coarse tannins. Sweet fruit, and the oak isn't too obvious. Black-fruited and concentrated, with moderate acidity. Again, as I said, this is a real surprise.
A year-and-a-half since last try. Four hour Vinturi decant helped open this up a bit, but it's so young and a touch primary right now that I need to s-p-a-c-e out their consumption to see the beautiful future that is most certainly ahead of this wine. Beautiful deep purple color & reticent nose of dark fruit/plum with a touch of pencil shavings and a light oakiness. Palate centered on cassis with a lovely touch of cherries in the mix. Medium++ finish will certainly lengthen with rest.
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.
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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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