The 2008 Lynch Bages has a classic pencil lead and cedar scented bouquet with impressive delineation. It just takes a time to get going in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, classic in style with graphite-tinged black fruit. This is fresh and focused with impressive depth on the grippy finish. The Cazes family crafted a solid, what you might call dependable Lynch Bages that might eschew the glitz, but will cruise along nicely for a couple of decades. (Tasted at BI Wine & Spirit s annual 10-Year On tasting.)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038
Robert Parker 92
Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. The Lynch Bages 2008 is very well defined on the nose with more red instead of black fruits, graphite and sous-bois intermingling with touches kirsch and cassis. This is a little showy compared to previous bottles that I have encountered. The palate is well balanced with a little hardness on the entry, understandable at this stage. Quite tight at the moment, nice freshness with a long tail on the finish, this is a fine, upstanding, conservative Pauillac. Tasted January 2012.
Very dense dark crimson with a hint of evolution at the rim. Extremely introvert – not much nose for the moment though obviously very concentrated. Lots of acidity. Spark. This could be from the Latour stable? Velvety texture; minerally flavours. Pretty glossy and confident.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028