Still deep ruby, just beginning to turn to brick around the edges. Nose of blackcurrant, blueberry, cedar and saddle leather. Still plenty of fruit on the palate, slightly tannic, but full-bodied, round and smooth. Both bouquet and palate overshadowed by the CL-B '96 I had tasted a few days prior, which was truly spectacular. However, a good effort for this vintage.
Opened and decanted back into the bottle and then drank after a couple of hours over 3 hours. It is very good, I must say, it's as fresh as it was a few years ago and shows very signs of ageing. It has blackcurrant and pencil shavings nose. The palate is fresh, blackcurrants, well balanced and round. Drinking so well at the minute. 94 points
Opened, poured a little out, and let it slow-ox for about three hours. Then served and tasted with food (roast leg of lamb, roasted potatoes, cauliflower sauteed olive oil and garlic). Followed over about a three hour period. Dark color, not showing any bricking. Nose is lead pencil, cigar box and cedar. Rich wine, with black cherries, plum and cedar notes. Somewhat tannic but with much fruit and a good core of acidity that keeps all elements in balance. At the end of the evening, after about nine hours after first opening, the last bit of wine at the bottom of the bottle was a bit acidic and tired.
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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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