2005 Château Lynch-Bages, Cru Classé Pauillac

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 176: This outstanding effort is slightly lighter, more streamlined and delicate than followers of Lynch Bages have come to expect after such great vintages as 1982, 1989, 1990, 1996, and 2000. A deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by a classic Medoc nose of tapenade, roasted herbs, licorice, cedar, black currants, and damp earth. Medium-bodied with moderate tannin, sweet fruit, and surprising softness as well as forwardness for a 2005 northern Medoc, it can be drunk now and over the next 20+ years. 91 points.

Critic score
92/100
Pricing
Bottle
From a client
Report
3 available
£125.10
Case, 12 Bottles
From a client
Report
1 available
£1,537.20
Case, 12 Bottles
From a client
Report
1 available
£1,537.20

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    70% Cabernet Sauvignon
    15% Merlot
    10% Cabernet Franc
    Malbec/Auxerrois
    Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Ready 2012 - 2030
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Cru Classé (Medoc & Sauternes)
2005 Château Lynch-Bages, Cru Classé Pauillac

TASTING NOTES

As for the 2005 Lynch-Bages, it is a sexy, surprisingly soft and accessible style of wine, with a deep ruby/purple color, loads of crème de cassis, cedar wood and forest floor notes, medium to full body, ripe tannin and a long, fleshy finish. Drink it over the next 15+ years.

Robert M. Parker, Jr., robertparker.com (June 2015)
92/100