Deep ruby colour, bordering on purple. Quite a restrained nose of blackcurrant and pencil shavings. Crisp acidity on palate, fine but drying tannins mask the fruit a tad on the palate. Could do with a little more fruit concentration. Classically styled, not for fruit bomb lovers but should be lovely with a further 6-7 years in bottle.
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(Château Lynch-Bages (Pauillac)) The blend here is Cabernet Sauvignon 72%, Merlot 23%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Petit Verdot 2%. Not very expressive on the nose. The palate shows a very solid concentration, not showing a great deal of character in terms of flavour, this sample seems quite closed. But the structure is lovely, integrated and balanced. There are ripe tannins, giving the fruit a fine frame, and they show in the finish without dominating, giving shape and structure but allowing other elements to have a role. Impressive, and very promising. Difficult to judge in this rather withdrawn state but the form of the palate gives me real confidence here.
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