Tasted blind. Nose was oaky with a penetrating stalky scent that made me think the wine was not well made. Fruit was fresh, deep, concentrated but severe and monolithic. One the palate it was painful to drink, tight, tannic and raw. When I saw the label I realised there was no fault to the wine, it just needed another 15 years of cellaring... Difficult to assess it now.
Our third bottle in 2015 of this surprisingly ready to sip classic Pauillac. We "opened" via Coravin and enjoyed a perfect class...great toy! The next day, we decided to go all in with the bottle as friends were visiting. Dark purple on the eye always is inviting...tres sexy. Aromas of blackberries, liquorice and herbal tea...oh my, almost reminiscent of "Yau Sei Mei" or 24 herb tea found on street corners of Hong Kong. Soft and subtle berries on the palate with a hint of oak, elegant tannins, medium body and a fairly long berry finish. Everything we hoped for in a "Leggy Bottoms" wine that we expect will only get better over the next 10+ years.
Annual Comparative Bordeaux Tasting (2000/2005) (Chicago, IL): This is a Lynch that really throws its weight around. Super powerful and tough as nails. I've noticed that there seems to be a compromise between fruit and acidity between 05 and 00 Bordeaux (more acid on the 2000s, more fruit on 2005s), but in the case of Lynch, no such compromise has been made. This is definitely more closed down than the 2000, but the acidity here is just as vibrant. I'm very optimistic.
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(Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac) Deep, slightly smoky, rather dusty dried red-fruit character here. Perfumed too, fairly bright and lifted. A gently composed palate, elegant, with a gentle presence of fruit, good structure beneath, perhaps a slight coarseness to it but the tannins are at least ripe. Soft but with grip, slightly prominent alcohol at one point, and a touch of heat too, but there are certainly some good points here. It would be good to reassess in a few years to see where this goes; I suspect it will be very good though.
(Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac) This has a slightly smoky nose, with a wealth of pure, nicely directed, quite fine fruit. There is a similarly high quality of dense but nicely composed fruit on the palate, with well covered tannins at the core, which show through a little on the midpalate. It has a rather large, chewy style, belying its big, structured character. But there is a decent frame of acidity too. Very good indeed, with fine potential.
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