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2005 Lynch Bages Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 3L
  • WE96
  • W&S96
  • JS96
  • MS94
  • WS93
  • ST93
  • WA92
  • JR90

Reviews

WE96
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, January 2013
Classic Lynch-Bages with just a bit of extra power and richness. While the tannins are structured, it is the velvety fruit that rolls around the mouth that is the most dominant character. It is coming together into a wine... Classic Lynch-Bages with just a bit of extra power and richness. While the tannins are structured, it is the velvety fruit that rolls around the mouth that is the most dominant character. It is coming together into a wine that will be big and dense, but never over the top.
W&S96
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, January 2013
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 than ponderous... 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 than 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 with 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.
JS96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 2013
This is very dense and tight right now with firm tannins. Currants with cassis, plums and peach. Full and dense, not giving that much. Powerful and intense and structured. It needs at least another five years.
MS94
Mike Supple - JJ Buckley, January 2013
72% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Cabernet Franc 15% Merlot 1% Petit Verdot. Opulent oily purple through the whole wine. Graphite and wet stone on the nose with more minerals than fruit. Hints of raspberry. The graphite... 72% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Cabernet Franc 15% Merlot 1% Petit Verdot. Opulent oily purple through the whole wine. Graphite and wet stone on the nose with more minerals than fruit. Hints of raspberry. The graphite follows through on the palate with a very fine tannic structure. Sweet candied fruits with a long finish of vanilla and toasted oak.
WS93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2013
Displays very beautiful aromas of crushed blackberry and dark chocolate, with a hint of coffee. Full-bodied, with a tightly wound palate of ripe tannins. Long and caressing. Best after 2015.
ST93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2013
Deep ruby. Delicate aromas of blackcurrant, mocha and graphite are lifted by minerals and violet. Enters pure, dense and round, then shows lively, precise flavors of black fruits, dried nuts, ink and minerals. This... Deep ruby. Delicate aromas of blackcurrant, mocha and graphite are lifted by minerals and violet. Enters pure, dense and round, then shows lively, precise flavors of black fruits, dried nuts, ink and minerals. This has greater volume and flesh than the 2006, along with a brooding, sneaky concentration and a very long, supple finish. The best Lynch-Bages in years, this should prove to be a great wine in time, and a huge success for this estate. 93+
WA92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2013
I have long been an admirer of this estate (having purchased their 1982 1989 1990 1996 and 2000) but the 2005 is not one of their most profound efforts. While certainly outstanding Lynch Bages appears to have lightened... I have long been an admirer of this estate (having purchased their 1982 1989 1990 1996 and 2000) but the 2005 is not one of their most profound efforts. While certainly outstanding Lynch Bages appears to have lightened its style dramatically over the last 4-5 years. Sweet black currant fruit intermixed with cedar dried Provencal herbs licorice olives and earthy notes lead to a sexy medium-bodied surprisingly elegant lighter-styled wine. It may put on more weight with additional age but at present it is a soft forward easy-going Pauillac. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.
JR90
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson, January 2013
Quite open and developed on the nose. Easy and round and very easy to appreciate. Already quite evolved with fine tannins on the finish. Even a hit of something reminiscent of whisky on the finish! Not the densest but... Quite open and developed on the nose. Easy and round and very easy to appreciate. Already quite evolved with fine tannins on the finish. Even a hit of something reminiscent of whisky on the finish! Not the densest but pleasing. 17/20

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