CHÂTEAU LYNCH BAGES
2002 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
Less massive than the Ormes de Pez in the same stable, Lynch somehow managed to taste reductive every time I tasted it. Either that or it is a little green. Very intense, lean cassis, very dense and tannic, fine and pure. Judgement semi-suspended - I think its better than this really, but simply too early to taste. L&S (Mar 2005)
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The nose is fragrant but quite light with more bilberry and bramble in evidence. There is a lot of sweet fruit on the palate enriching the middle and packing out the back palate. The tannins although in evidence have mellowed not holding back the fruit. 2012-20 Rating: 91 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
The 2002 has turned out lighter and more herbaceous than I would have guessed. This medium-bodied wine reveals a dark ruby/purple-tinged color, and hints of cedar wood and tobacco in an evolved aromatic display which also includes herbs and black currants. Attractive in a superficial way, there is some tannin, but also a softness and charm. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. Rating: 88-88 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2008)
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