A more austere, classic and introverted Lynch Bages. Autumnal earthy aromas with coffee, menthol, cassis, cedar, plums, blackcurrants and leather hints. Medium bodied elegant and unshowy palate with very good concentration and a nice layered feel. Ends medium, freshly fruited earthy and austere. Drink up in the next 5 years.
Decanted for about an hour. Excellent bottle of Bordeaux around its peak condition. The bottle had definitely not faded out as suggested by some earlier tasting notes. Very enjoyable right now! However, it will probably not improve by further cellaring.
My one and only bottle of this beauty. Pop and pour. Wow, at 17+ years this wine is strutting it's stuff. The color is a crystal clear inky garnet, no browning at all. The wine is more beastly than many of the older LB's that I have had. The nose shows fruit, pepper, earth, graphite and olive. The palate is robust with a backbone of sweet tannin. Flavors of current, graphite and eucalyptus. I would say that this wine has quite bit of life left. I would say drink now or hold for up to five more years.
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(Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac) A very reserved fruit character on the nose at present, still showing some youthful linearity, and some dense, maturing, but tightly presented fruit. Rather iron-clad style, tight but with some good sweetness too. A broad density on the palate, plenty of substance, with huge, spicy, liquorice-tinged tannins behind the dark fruit. Impressive. Approachable now but it gives the feeling that it is still very much on the way up. Tasted over dinner in Bordeaux.
(Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac) There is a dense wealth of black fruits on the nose here. Delicious presence on the palate, with superb balance, combined with rich extract and an exotic edge to the flavour. Quite some development since my last tasting two years ago, but needs three to four more years in the cellar to show its best.
(Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac) Clean and smoky blackcurrant fruit on the nose here, which follows through on the palate as a smooth, elegant layer of primary fruit flavour. Wonderful structure, with great tannins and acidity suggesting great ageing potential. Needs eight years.
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