The first bottle of this was denuded of vitality and out of sorts (indeed this is a major problem with this vintage.) Not corked, but previous experience told me that it was not “happy” bottle. Fortunately I stayed for another to be opened and this far more representative. Ripe, dark berried fruits on the nose with touches of mulberry, briary, graphite and sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp entry, tarry black fruits on the entry, sharp acidity, very tight but that is probably because this bottle had just been opened. Very fine.
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, May 2011|
The fully mature 2001 exhibits aromas of tapenade, bay leaf, licorice, red and black currants, damp earth and new saddle leather. Medium-bodied and atypically elegant and charming for a Lynch Bages with soft, fully resolved tannin and a moderately long finish, it is much lighter than a great vintage such as 2000.
|Score: 88||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (196), August 2011|
Made in an elegant, approachable style without the blockbuster depth and meat found in the finest vintages (2000 and 1996), this is a dark plum/garnet/ruby-colored, seductive, evolved, delicious 2001. Aromas of black olives, cedar, cassis, damp earth, and licorice, medium to full body, soft tannin, and an easy-going personality suggest consumption over the next 12-14 years is warranted.
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004|
Showing far better after 13-14 months in cask than it did early in its life, this wine has fleshed out, put on weight, and shows the typically full-bodied, corpulent, earthy, leathery, black currant style that has made Lynch-Bages so popular with consumers. The wine is lush, pure, and just a lot of fun to drink. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2017. P.S. Think of it as a slightly beefier version of the charming, elegant yet flavorful 1999.
|Score: 89/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
A dark ruby/purple color is followed by a fresh, pure, light Pauillac with a short middle, and a cool climate taste, texture, and style. Barrel aging will result in additional texture and flesh, but this looks to be a medium-weight Lynch Bages to drink during its first 12-15 years of life.
|Score: 87/89+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002|
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2002|
Mid crimson. Quite warm and aromatic. Readable and lively. Fresh and very 2001 rather than very Pauillac. Relatively light for a Pauillac but certainly pleasant.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2007|