CHÂTEAU LYNCH BAGES
2004 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
Deep glass-coating thick ruby colour. Very intense nose with a big mass of flavours. Not massive but very sexy. Opulent fruit and smooth tannins. Very Lynch but with an extra elegance. Finishes on a bright, intense cassis note. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2005)
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Spicy, coffee-bean nose and a big palate of ripe, sweet, cool blackcurrant fruit and substantial tannins behind. Nice Cabernet elegance, which will remain for the future. Drinking range: 2014 - 2022 Rating: 90-90 Decanter Magazine (Sep 2014)
It is quite light on the nose but very fragrant. The oak has married well with the mainly black fruits. The tannins are supple and rounded supporting fleshy blackcurrant and sloe, towards the back dark cherry pushes through giving a fresher feel on the finish. 2011-22 Rating: 92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
Sweet smoke, cigar-box, lifted mocha, vibrant red and black fruit aroma. Good depth, length and elegance. juicy and harmonious, forward but no rush to drink. Decanter June 2011 Medoc Panel Tasting. 16.5 points Rating: **** Decanter Magazine (May 2011)
Attractive cassis aromas jump from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged 2004. While elegant, medium-bodied, soft, and broad in the mouth, it is slightly superficial, without the broodingly deep, backward, muscular personality of this estate's wines prior to 2001. Given its flavor profile and softness, the 2004 will have wide consumer appeal if drunk over the next 10-14 years. Rating: 89-89 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Jul 2008)
Red-ruby. Aromas of redcurrant, tobacco, coffee, mocha and leather. Supple on the palate but conveys an impression of less consistent ripeness than the young 2006, combining sweet plum, coffee and mocha flavors with slightly green notes of herbs and licorice. In a drier style, but the tannins are nicely ripe and in balance with the wine. Rating: 89-89 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)
Sweet nose lacking a bit of zest, a bit stale on the nose, though relatively fleshy on the palate. An easy drink without an excess of tannin. Needs just a bit more zip. Quite stodgy. No hint of the spiciness that is characteristic of the property. Drink 2013-18 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2005)
A good wine for the vintage, with berry and currant character and hints of chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Rating: 89-91 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2005)
Château Lynch Bages
Pauillac Cinquième cru 1855 Thomas Lynch emigrated to Bordeaux from Galway in Ireland in 1691. He had two children and it was his son Thomas who associated the family name with Bordeaux by inheriting Lynch-Bages through his wife, and buying Lynch-Moussas and Dauzac in Margaux. Jean-Charles Cazes, who had recently bought Château Les Ormes de Pez in St Estèphe, took the tenancy of Lynch-Bages in 1934, and bought the property outright five years later. It has been the ownership of the Cazes family, who still own the estate, which turned Château Lynch Bages into the leading estate it is today, far exceeding the seemingly lowly 5th growth status bestowed upon it in 1855. There are 90ha of vines in the small village of Bages, just south of Pauillac. Red grapes are planted to 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Wines are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel before ageing in wood (60% new) for 15 months. There has been a second wine produced at Lynch-Bages since 1978 that was originally called Château Haut Bages Averous, but has recently been renamed Echo de Lynch Bages. A small amount of Château Lynch Bages Blanc is made from 40% each of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon and 20% Muscadelle.
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