1996 Ch Lynch Bages 5ème Cru Pauillac

Ch Lynch Bages 5ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Lynch-Bages
Region
Pauillac, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab. Franc, Petit Verdot
Drinking
2009-2025
Case Size
12x75cl
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1996 Ch Lynch Bages 5ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Lynch-Bages
Region
Pauillac, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab. Franc, Petit Verdot
Drinking
2009-2025
Case Size
12x75cl
Available Now

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£1,600.00 (Ex. VAT)

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(4 in stock)

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Tasting Notes

Robert Parker, April 1997, Score: 88-90

I had this wine on four occasions, and it was never easy to evaluate. The color is a dark purple, but not nearly as saturated as many Pauillacs, or, for that matter, St.-Juliens or St.-Estephes. Moreover, the wine is excruciatingly tannic, as well as tightly-knit and closed. It will undoubtedly be an excellent Lynch-Bages - fruity, solid, and medium-bodied - but restrained. Is this wine moving toward a more elegant style that longtime fans of this chateau are not likely to admire? While there is plenty of sweetness, the wine is not revealing as much density, muscle, or fullness as other top vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2014. Readers should remember that 1995 seemed similarly tight and lacking the rich, dense mid-palate when I tasted it at the same stage, but it has filled out beautifully over the subsequent year. Let's hope the 1996 does the same thing.

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Producer

Château Lynch-Bages

If any château in all of the classified growths consistently outperforms its original status, it is Lynch Bages. Indeed, this château has long been prized by Pauillac lovers who seek good value, yet well made wine. The property is situated just outside the quiet village of Pauillac north of Latour and Pichon Lalande. It is owned and run by Jean-Michel Cazes, a highly admired and charismaticBordelais whose vision and joie de vivre have influenced many wine lovers the world over.

Region

Pauillac, Red Bordeaux

Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.

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