Decanted for 3 hours plus. Typical Medoc nose, palate improves with airing comprising dark berry and possibly damson, and 24 hours later, a suitably dry finish. This was one of my better purchases when a 2001 Medoc was offered almost free if I wanted 1998 and 1999. 2001 though lighter than some other vintages has considerably improved with time in the barrel and bottle and now outperforms other vintages that lack longevity.
This takes about 2h to open up properly but then a complex nose of spices, leather, chocolate, figs turns up. Smooth tannins, leather, tobacco, earth and the fruit somewhat in the background. Dry, but not austere. Some heat on the mid palate and finish (on opening which then fades away). On balance I might sound negative but this is really a lovely wine with a long persistent finish. Good drinking now but will keep. 92-93p
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(Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac) Dark, smoky, nutty fruit on the nose. Lovely! Full textured palate. Ripe tannins with good acidity. Still has a youthful structure. Seems a touch exotic at present but this will go as it will close down soon. Needs eight years plus in the cellar. This is very good and has super potential.
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