2005 Red Bordeaux with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): DArk in colour. Youthfull glossy. The nose starts with some mocha/coffee notes. Dark fruits. Once again a very young wine but the tannin is very much on the foreground and in a way dominate the wine. Powerfull, mascular and a bit pushing on overextracted. Like most of the 2005s we tried it needs time to develop. We expected a bit more though. 91-92 for now from us but will imporved we think/hope with time.
Not much to add to PanosKakaviatos' note. Powerful and big, tannic and slightly drying, not lean of course, but lacking a bit of finesse and even balance and depth which the Pichon Baron or the two St Estephe were displaying. Needs more time to show its hand. 92-93+(+)
Bordeaux 2005 : Ten years on (Bordeaux Index London): Fuller bodied than GPL, yet somewhat more noticeable extraction – it seems that the GPL has more juiciness by comparison. Raw power, yes. Concentration and mid palate expansiveness, but the finish is somewhat drying by comparison. Wait and see as Lynch Bages proves its muster down the road.
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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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