From a bottle purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion, this iteration of Lynch-Bages proved itself to be a worthy vintage. Opaque red and intensely aromatic after two hours in decanter, it delivers black currants, anise, underbrush and smoke on the nose and palate. Full-bodied and with low acidity, it frames its ripe fruit with substantial silky tannins. Despite the ripeness, the wine's alcohol (listed as 13.0%) shows no heat. Solid in the middle and long on the finish, this wine is pleasurable now but also has the stuffing to show nicely for at least another decade. Drink now-2025.
Excellent. Intensity, length, almost a touch of spiciness. It stood out vs 2x 2004 Margauxs with bro's engagement (Charmant and Dauzac). This was a cracker. Happy to have in cellar, tho would rather pay less than50.
An ugly vintage, hot and dry. But I love Lynch; finding out how one of my favorites handled a freakshow vintage is worth the money (at least $120 here). So what's the result? A wine that shows both Lynch and the vintage, as it always does. I find a lot of value in that honesty. The nose gives plenty of torrefaction aromas to start - smoke, burnt earth that might almost suggest Pessac until you take a deep drag and get the deep cassis and mint out of it. Mineral and mushroom rounds out the palate which, for such a hot year, is well balanced. The alcohol is not out of check here. A big wine but not flabby. Still, this (like most 2003s) is tiring when you try to work your way through a whole bottle. This showed well out of the gate, shut down, and then re-emerged at about 2 hours into the decant. By hour 4, it was more typically LB with some violet and mineral drive.
As far as 03s go, I think Lynch has done well. A matter of intellectual interest and curiosity rather than pleasure. I do not think that there are any real redeeming qualities of the 2003 vintage.
Popped and slow ox'd for about 3 hours. Dark garnet color with a bit of fine sediment. Great nose right out of the gate with earthy, forest notes mixed with dark berry and currant fruit along with some cedar cigar box and charred oak. Ripe but not overdone on the palate with similar flavors of black currant, earthy fresh soil and really nice oak treatment. Medium acid, low to medium tannins with a silky mouthfeel and finish. There is no indication of heat or over ripeness in the wine at this point and this showed infinitely better than the bottle I had over 2 years ago. For me, this is drinking beautifully right now with a little air. Consensus WOTN among those tasting it.
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(Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac) A nice, nutty, macerated fruit nose, although not the most expressive. Nice, cool style on entry, well structured with ripe and supple tannins, again nicely knitted into the fruit and texture. Dark fruit flavour profile. Sadly acidity rather on the low side. Will make good mid-term drinking though.
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