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Lynch Bages 2006

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pauillac
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

This classic, powerful, firm Lynch Bages may be as concentrated (if not more so) than the 2005. It possesses a dense purple-tinged color, tell-tale cassis notes interwoven with hints of roast beef, savory herbs, spice box and subtle oak, good acidity and ripe tannin. The result is a full-bodied, fleshy Pauillac that will benefit from another 3-4 years of cellaring. It is capable of lasting 20-25 more years. Drink 2014-2039.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (196), August 2011

The 2006 Château Lynch Bages has another quite vivacious bouquet with lively black cherries, kirsch and wild mint aromas that do not hold back. I love the purity here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine supple tannin, well-judged acidity, a gentle grip in the mouth, and plenty of lightly spiced and surprisingly intense fruit on the bravura finish. The Cazes family oversaw a very sophisticated Lynch-Bages in this vintage that may well surpass many peoples' expectations.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2016

Shows very good concentration of currant and berry fruit. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, fruity finish. Solid core of everything.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2007

A touch subdued on the aromatics, still holding back even at 16 years old. As it opens it majors on earthy, rustic fruits, undergrowth, tobacco, tar, a big tannic body that is reflective of a vintage that was more complicated than the 2005, but that offered wines with frame and long ageability. As it opens, waves of liqourice root and rose petal appear. First vintage where Jean-Charles Cazes replaced his father Jean-Michel as director of the estate, and the first for Nicolas Labenne as technical director. 70% new oak.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, April 2022

Deep crimson. Meaty, appetising nose. Very beguiling. Fresh, not to say even slightly underripe palate. But a really nice wine for sentimentalists. Not especially complex. Green on the finish. Drink 2012-2025.Date tasted 7th Nov 08.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, July 2009

Deep ruby-red. Deeply pitched aromas of inky cassis, licorice, mocha and smoky, nutty oak. Fairly large-scaled and layered but dominated by its acid/tannin spine in the early going, displaying firm, coolish flavors of black plum, licorice and graphite. The lingering finish features substantial but ripe tannins. Give this at least a few years of cellaring before pulling the cork.

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2009

The rich fruit is dominated by oak at the moment. Depth of flavour on the palate, the ripe and rounded tannins give a fleshy feel but underneath is minerally acidity brightening the fruit and lengthening the flavours.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2007
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1988 or 1995-ish in style, rather than 1996, which seems to be the vintage several 2006s recall, this dense purple-colored wine displays sweet notes of creme de cassis, tobacco leaf, licorice, and some cedar and graphite. The wine has plenty of structure a la 1995 and a backward, muscular personality, but beautiful fruit on the attack and alluring purity and a nicely textured mouthfeel. The finish suggests cellaring for 3-5 years and drinking over the following two decades.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009

This may turn out to be the finest Lynch Bages made since the 2000. The vintages between 2000 and 2006 are certainly very good, but seemingly lighter-styled in addition to being more forward and soft. The seriously-endowed, dense ruby/purple-tinged 2006 reveals a classic nose of creme de cassis, roasted meats as well as herbs, licorice, and toasty oak. Fleshy, full-bodied, opulent, and well-endowed, it will be at its peak in 5-6 years, and should keep for 20 or more.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. I have always felt that the Lynch Bages ’06 was one of the real treasures of the vintage and this blind tasting verifies that belief. It is ripe and very pure on the backward nose with subtle touches of tobacco and cigar box. Refined and understated. The palate is full-bodied, very well balanced, toasty new oak but there is sufficient ripe black tarry fruit to support it. Great weight and persistency on the structured, dense, masculine, edgy finish. Excellent. Returning after 15 minutes I find this so elegant and brimming with tension. Do not under-estimate this Lynch.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, September 2010

Tasted at the château and at the UGC (the latter I felt a little tired.) The nose is very closed with cedar, a touch of sous-bois and black tea. Focused with good definition. The palate is pure and cedar-driven with firm grip. Blueberry, a touch of graphite, good nervosity with a long, minerally finish. A persistency Lynch Bages, much more focus than in previous vintages. A commendable debut for Jean-Charles Cazes. Tasted April 2007.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2007

Blackish crimson with a purple rim. Superripe black fruit and warm mocha aromas though not especially intense and overall a bit inky. Dense yet fresh and aromatic on the mid palate and a long dry finish.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007

Bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of currant and tobacco, with a smoky nuance. Then quite tightly wound, even youthfully austere, in the mouth, with a strong mineral quality showing today, and a flavor of licorice pastille on the aftertaste. This rather broad-shouldered wine should be softened a bit by the racking but appears to be built for the long haul.

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008
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