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2003 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

SKU #1207530 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Pretty, clean, and perfumed, with a milk chocolate and berry character. Full bodied, with round and velvety tannins and a long finish. Polished and very beautiful, caressing. Inner quote mark (3/2011)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A healthy, youthful dark plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a bouquet of smoke, barbecued meats, black currants and new saddle leather. With full body and sweet tannin, this 2003 is strutting its stuff … it is a complex, classic Pauillac to enjoy over the next decade. (RP) Inner quote mark (8/2014)

94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The terroir of Lynch-Bages shines through in '03, with a wine that tastes like it grew somewhere-somewhere stony. The dark scent is funky, with a fresher blackberry flavor underneath. Richness powers the flavor, but the tannins keep it elegant and sophisticated, their tough grip becomes the center of the wine, berries grown in stone. After a sip, you can breathe in the structure; it's all tannin, but it has life. This should be great 12 to 14 years from the vintage. Inner quote mark (10/2006)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Considering the reputation of Lynch-Bages as a rich, polished wine, it is not surprising that, in 2003, the team of Jean-Michel Cazes and Daniel Lhose produced a superlatively ripe, opulent wine, one that could almost have come from Napa. But not quite: The fruit is compact and dense, with layers of acidity that speak more of Bordeaux than California. (RV) Inner quote mark (5/2006)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Offers warm cassis and black cherry notes infused with smoldering charcoal and roasted cedar details. Supple and fine-grained, with lingering tobacco and prune hints. (JM, Web Only-2018) Inner quote mark

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Good red-ruby. Full-blown aromas of currant, black cherry, roasted meat, lead pencil and leather. Fat, rich and compellingly sweet, with suggestions of tobacco and meat. Finishes with very fine tannins that coat the teeth. Seems quite accessible already, but certainly has enough freshness to evolve in bottle over the next decade or more. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2006)

K&L Notes

91 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Bordeaux Index's '10-Year On' tasting in London. The Lynch Bages 2003 has a lifted bouquet of dark cherry, iodine, light floral scents and a touch of cassis. It is nicely defined but would benefit from more vigour. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft, plump opening. It is very smooth in the mouth with subtle meaty notes, yet the finish is missing delineation and tension. It coalesces nicely in the glass but never really lifts off like other vintages of Lynch Bages." (03/2013)

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