Introducing the exquisite 2018 Echo de Lynch Bages, a Bordeaux Blend hailing from the prestigious Pauillac region in Bordeaux, France. This remarkable red wine is a testament to the mastery of winemaking by Echo de Lynch Bages, a renowned producer known for crafting exceptional wines that captivate the senses.
In the glass, the Echo de Lynch Bages exhibits a deep purple hue that hints at the concentration and richness held within. Steeped in tradition, this wine is crafted using a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and a touch of Cabernet Franc. It is matured in once-used French oak, allowing it to develop its complexity and character.
On the nose, the wine tantalizes with an alluring bouquet of blackcurrants, scorched earth, lead pencil shavings, tobacco, and dark chocolate. Each inhale reveals new layers of aromas, inviting you to explore further. As the wine caresses the palate, it unveils its full-bodied richness and a deep, layered mid-palate that is truly mesmerizing. Silky tannins add a velvety texture to this opulent wine, while maintaining a sense of elegance and finesse.
Renowned wine critic Jeb Dunnuck has awarded this vintage an impressive score of 94 points, praising its wealth of material and texture. He suggests that while it is drinkable now, those with patience will be rewarded by cellaring it for 5-7 years, as it has the potential to evolve for 20 years or more. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also commends this wine, awarding it 92 points and highlighting its concentration, structure, and bold freshness.
Echo de Lynch Bages captures the essence of Pauillac typicity, showcasing the unique terroir and characteristics of the region. The pronounced tannins provide a backbone to the wine, carrying the flavors of autumnal fruits, black pepper spicing, and hints of chocolate mint. Surprisingly, no new oak was used in the production of this wine, allowing the purity of the fruit to shine through.
As Jane Anson suggests, in a vintage as generous as 2018, exploring the second wines of the esteemed Pauillac estates is a wise choice. With its graphite and cigar box notes mingling with blackberry fruits, crushed mint leaf, and pomegranate, the Echo de Lynch Bages offers a glimpse into the beautiful expression of Pauillac. The wine's firm tannins serve as a reminder of its potential for further aging.
For the discerning wine enthusiast seeking a Bordeaux wine that embodies elegance, power, and age-worthiness, the 2018 Echo de Lynch Bages is an exceptional choice. Indulge in this extraordinary wine now or let it gracefully evolve over the next two decades, allowing it to reach its full potential.