In keeping with all Lynch-Bages wines, this has gripping tannins that knit tightly with the generous, very ripe black and cassis fruits. The flavours live long in the palate and the attentive will be treated to some wonderful secondary and tertiary flavours.
This wine may be available in an Original Wooden Case if 12 bottles purchased.
, Jan 2002,
Very closed nose. Dry, ripe, tight, tannic structure. Bold fruits palate and mineral backdrop. Lovely, limpid, clean and long. Totally unlimited. Drink 5-10+ years.
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Stephen Tanzer's IWC
, Jan 2012, 91(+?)
(79% cabernet sauvignon, 13% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 5.2 g/l total acidity; 13% alcohol): Dark ruby-red with a hint of garnet. Cabernet sauvignon-typical aromas of blackcurrant, violet, tobacco, dried herbs and minerals, complicated by a touch of smoky oak. In a distinctly firm, structured style, but with juicy acidity intensifying the dark berry and mineral flavors. Building flesh and sweetness on the back half counterbalances the wine's firm spine, spreading out nicely on the lingering finish. Though currently a little clenched and austere, this wine offers excellent precision and wonderful balance.
Mid ruby. Savoury nose reminiscent of wet stones and then a real weight of ripe fruit. Still some greenness on the finish but this seems a bit more set for future development than most.
, Aug 2011, 93
The 1996 exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple color that is just beginning to lighten at the edge, surprisingly velvety tannins and a classic Pauillac bouquet of lead pencil shavings, cedarwood, black currants, sweet cherries and spice box. This medium to full-bodied, elegant, savory, broad wine is still five years away from full maturity. It should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years.
, Jan 2007, 92
This is much more open than the 1995. Offers aromas and flavors of currant, mint and spices. Full-bodied, soft and velvety, with a fruit finish. Starting to drink well now.--Lynch-Bages non-blind vertical. Best from 2008 through 2012. 35,000 cases made.
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