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2000 vintage red Wine by Chateau Lynch Bages from Bordeaux, FranceRead more...
In '95, the sheer power of Lynch-Bages is incredible. It's impacted with flavor, dark, dense, yet vibrant. The extract built into the wine suppress... Read more
There's a relaxed feel to this wine. Cazes's team can dress Lynch-Bages in the black-tie formality of a first growth, but the wine is still lovely ... Read more
The Cazes family has polished the rustic charms of the Lynch-Bages to the point that this fifth growth performs at the level of a top second in the... Read more
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In '95, the sheer power of Lynch-Bages is incredible. It's impacted with flavor, dark, dense, yet vibrant. The extract built into the wine suppresses so much of the flavor that it only begins to emerge long into the finish, crawling out from under the tannins like a creature from the deep. A monster, but one who's forgiving, exuberant and easy-going. A remarkable achievement from Jean-Michel Cazes and Daniel Llose, there is no other fifth growth like Lynch-Bages - not a fourth, nor a third. It may not be as classy as some of the seconds, but it holds much interest.
There's a relaxed feel to this wine. Cazes's team can dress Lynch-Bages in the black-tie formality of a first growth, but the wine is still lovely - a touch of gaminess makes it friendly rather that ponderous. There's something ethereal about its tannins, like a chocolate truffle melting in the mouth. (Daniel Llose used 80 percent new oak for this vintage; the yields were short so there were more new barrels to go around, and at a tannic index of 82, the wine could handle it). Pure black cherry flavor saturates the wine in freshness; the complexity is intriguing and silken rather than aggressive. This should be readily accessible at ten to 20 years of age and should thrive for years after.
The Cazes family has polished the rustic charms of the Lynch-Bages to the point that this fifth growth performs at the level of a top second in the best vintages. But in a more challenging vintage like '94, the terroir just can't quite keep up. Here, Cinderella is back from the ball, and the polish has fallen away to reveal a more straightforward beauty. This is a comfortable, country-style Pauillac, its fruit inky with red currant and gamy flavors. The tannins are forceful, but well integrated with the potent fruit. It's a bloody wine for steak tartare.
Lynch-Bages has always had an old-style Bordeaux charm. Even now, dressed as it is in the trappings of a super-second, the wine shows its more humble graces. The surface is sleek, the texture soft as velvet, the fruit fleshy and giving an earthy spice. A hint of red fruit syrup shows the ripeness of the vintage. Ten years out, the wine will be as much at home on a table at Cordeillon-Bages as on a picnic in the Hebrides.
Jean-Michel Cazes has coaxed greatness out of Lynch-Bages for so many years that it's easy to forget this terroir is a fifth growth. In a vintage like 2001 it gives more generous Bourgeois satisfaction than aristocratic pretension. The wine is still sleek and formidable, but in a homey way, the herbal scents of rosemary honey and ripe, succulent plum make this hard to resist. Decant it for roast agneau de Pauillac; the wine will probably be best around eight to ten years from the vintage.
Gorgeous aromas of plum. blackberries and licorice, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with full, silky tannins and a long, long finish. Big and solid. Fantastic. If you love Lynch, you wonandrsquo;t be disappointed. Best after 2010.
It’s French, it’s expensive, it’s not ready to drink, it’s in short supply, like so many of Bordeaux’s 2000s, it is the best wine to come from this estate in a decade, and chances are, by the time the current aversion to “buying French” wanes, wines like this will be gone. I’m not sure how I’m going to be feeling about the French in 15 years, but I have a pretty good idea of what I’ll think of this wine.
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