The 2004 Lynch-Bages is clean and well-defined on the nose with focused black fruit, cedar, mint and light star anis aromas, gaining intensity constantly in the glass. Not as conservative as other Left Banks in this vintage. The palate is ripe and opulent with licorice-infused black fruit, candied orange peel, brown spices and sage. There’s fine grip with a slightly “blocky” finish that needs to show a tad more elegance. Tasted at the Lynch-Bages vertical at the château.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2050
Robert Parker 87
Evolving quickly, the dark plum/garnet-colored 2004 reveals notes of tobacco leaf, forest floor, black fruits, new saddle leather, licorice and earth, good, rather than great, depth of fruit and medium body. Drink this mid-weight effort over the next 10-15 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2026
Cassis and liquorice on the nose with a dash of pepper. Firm and savoury but not in the least meaty at the moment. Pretty youthful and less expressive on the palate but finishes well with a long juicy freshness. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020