2012 Lynsolence (Saint Emilion Grand Cru)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $49.94 (reg. $54.94)
Right Bank enthusiasts, we’ve got a US exclusive that you’re not going to want to miss. Lynsolence is “a star of the vintage” per Robert Parker, and we’ve got a tiny amount of their 94-point 2012 vintage!
Lynsolence is not an easy wine to find in the US, no matter what the vintage, and this is a rare opportunity to snap up some of its best-scoring vintage at a seriously attractive price.
The garagiste spirit is alive and well here, and none other than Bordeaux’s 'Bad Boy', Jean-Luc Thunevin, is the consultant here. Everything is done on an incredibly small scale, and the 55-year-old vines occupying hallowed ground neighboring Valandraud and Monbousquet give tiny yields, resulting in little more than 600 cases per year. Given the tiny size of the property, this is not so much a single vineyard wine as it is a single plot wine!
At 94 points, this is the best-scoring Lynsolence yet. Per Parker, it’s a “full-bodied, very concentrated, beautifully made wine with sweet tannin, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel and almost skyscraper-like intensity and richness...a great, great effort." Antonio Galloni calls it “a gorgeous, modern wine built on serious intensity and texture…super impressive,” while the Wine Spectator commends it for being “a very ambitious wine."
This 2012 is already in a great spot, with huge fruit and texture, though it will continue to develop in bottle for another decade, easily. Earning a higher rating in 2012 than Saint Emilion stalwarts like Cheval Blanc and Figeac, while running a fraction of the price of other notable garagiste efforts, now is your chance to buy a legit vin de garage on a budget! Cheers!