The 2014 Echo de Lynch-Bages is dense, pliant and quite deep for a second wine. Élevage has softened some of the rough edges that the wine showed in its youth. Today, I am surprised by how primary and dense it is. Readers should be prepared to cellar the 2014 for at least a few years. There is little in the way of aromatic or flavor development at this stage, and the wine feels very closed. The blend is 73 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 27 % Merlot, the highest %age of Cabernet since 2001.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029
Robert Parker 85
The 2014 Echo de Lynch Bages felt a little simplistic on the nose and lacked the presence of its peers, such as say Réserve de la Comtesse. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, perhaps a little rustic in style, although there is a pleasant piquancy on the finish that pulls up short. Drink over the next three of four years.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2022