A dense ruby/purple hue is accompanied by reticent, restrained aromatics suggesting earth, herbs and subtle fruit. The wine hits the palate with a brutal, tannic overlay, but behind that are impressive levels of black and red fruits. As is the case with many 1995s, the wine's structural components still dominate, which makes one wonder if these cuvees will ever shed enough tannin to be charming and enjoyable to drink. Certainly depth, weight and richness are all present, but the tannins remain elevated and somewhat foreboding.
|Score: 89+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (196), August 2011|
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
This is a beautiful wine with an evolved personality and low acidity. The wine exhibits abundant quantities of earthy, smoke and tobacco-tinged, black currant fruit, rich, concentrated, medium to full-bodied flavors, and moderate tannin in the long finish. It is successful, but nowhere near full maturity. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.
|Score: 91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000|
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998|
Deep ruby colored with an evolved nose of sweet, smoky, earthy, black currant fruit, this fleshy, round seductive, fat and fruity Lynch-Bages should drink well young, yet age for 2 decades. Anticipated maturity :2000-2015.
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998|
Classic dry claret nose. Very dry finish. Remarkably youthtful crimson with a pale rim. In the glass it opened out to real richness but it definitely needs decanting to show its best. A very solid concentrated wine that mellowed in the glass but still has quite a life ahead.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, December 2014|