CHÂTEAU LYNCH BAGES
2002 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
This marks a better showing for Lynch Bages, this bottle retaining the austere, stoic facade but behind it more evidence of blueberry, iodine and violets. Good lift with an undercurrent of sous-bois. Very ripe entry, chewy tannins, blackberry, boysenberry and graphite leading to a dense, dry introverted finish. Tasted October 2009. Rating: 89-89 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jun 2018)
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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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