2015 Chateau Lynch Bages

Year: 2015
Appellation: Pauillac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92-95
Wine Advocate: 92+
Vinous Media: 95
Connoisseurs' Guide: 92
James Suckling: 95
Jeb Dunnuck: 94+--Wine Enthusiast: 96--Jeff Leve: 92-94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$129.95

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"This is packed with juicy currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit carried by warm stone and graphite notes. Offers lovely sweet spice hints through the finish, which is fleshy and integrated. Really sappy and intense, yet the smooth structure lets it all glide through beautifully. Score range: 92-95–JM " (WS)

"Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Lynch Bages offers up crushed black berries, black cherries and dried herbs with an earthy undercurrent. The medium-bodied palate is firm and taut with lively fruit and a chewy finish." (WA)

"One of the finest Pauillacs of 2015, Lynch-Bages is rich, racy and voluptuous. A rush of dark red and purplish stone fruit, mint, new leather, spice and blood orange give the 2015 a very decidedly exotic character that is impossible to miss. Raspberry jam, mocha, new leather and expressive floral notes appear with time in the glass, rounding things out nicely. Even though the 2015 is quite forward and open at this stage, the wine has plenty of stuffing as well as the underlying structure to support many years of exceptional drinking. This is a stellar showing for Lynch-Bages. " (VM)

"We fully confess to liking Lynch-Bages going back to our early days as collectors and believe that the 2015 version ranks with the estate's better examples of recent year. It is a very rich and wonderfully expressive wine chock full of extracted, cassis-like fruit that is highlighted with wholly complementary oak spice and complexing notes of tobacco, cedar and briar, and, while a fairly solid and sturdy working, it is never so tough that it fails to offer a clear look at beauty to come. It needs time and may well prove to be quite long-lived, so be in no hurry to drink it any time soon and heed our advice to hide it away in a far corner of the cellar for six to ten years. Reviewed: July 2018" (CG)

"Brambly and attractive ripe blackberries and red-plum aromas with some floral accents, too. The palate has a very plush, polished and regal shape as tannins frame up a core of ripe black fruit. Succulent, impressive finish. Best from 2022. " (JS)

"The inky colored 2015 Château Lynch-Bages is a seriously impressive Pauillac that’s up with the crème de la crème of the appellation in 2015. Notes of ripe blackcurrants, caramelized cherries, tobacco leaf and a kiss of lead pencil all emerge from this textbook Pauillac that has medium to full-bodied richness, notable concentration, and building structure. Made from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that saw 75% new barrels, it needs 5-7 years of cellaring and will be one of the longer-lived wines from the Médoc." (JD)

"This vintage was ideal for the rich style that this estate has made its own. This wine is full bodied and ripe with black-currant and dark berry fruits. The tannins fall into the cushioned wine with ease and richness. Of course, the wine should be aged, so wait until 2026." (WE)

"The nose is quick to present tobacco, moist forest floor, smoke and vanilla. With a deep ruby color, this wine is fresh with a core of cassis, black cherry, earth and a dollop of olive tapenade. The tannins are crisp and clean, leaving you with a gust of sweet cassis in the finish. Produced from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine is aging in 75% new, French oak barrels, reaching 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.62 92 - 94 Pts" (JL)