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2012 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

SKU #1218100 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The wine is very dry, layered tannins giving a major sense of structure. It will always have this dry, dense character, very firm, solid and powerful. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2013)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of blackcurrants, blueberries and lemons follow through to a full body, firm tannins and a fresh, clean finish. A little tight now but excellent. Precision to this. Back ended. Inner quote mark (2/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This has a very solid core of dark plum, crushed black currant and blackberry fruit, with lightly firm flesh and good drive through the finish, where alder and iron notes fill in. Shows excellent energy and depth, while harnessing the austere edge of the vintage. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2015)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2012 Lynch-Bages comes across as a bit bombastic and ripe. Mocha, plums, dark cherry, blackberry, licorice, tar and new oak are all evident in this slightly four-square Lynch Bages. Today, the 2012 comes in as somewhat disjointed and not fully put together. It will be interesting to see what further time in bottle brings. The blend is 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Because of heat stress, yields were unusually low in 2012, and that may be the reason why the wine is a bit clumsy today. I would give the 2012 a few years to come together. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2016)

88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep purple. Floral blackcurrant and mineral aromas on the delicate, pure nose. Then equally delicate in the mouth, offering flavors of dark berries, graphite and cedar. Finishes clean and long, with above-average concentration for the vintage. Jean-Charles Cazes explained that the harvest reception system was changed this year, with two extra reception lines added to destem/sort and then sort again. The result was a very clean crop. (ID) Inner quote mark (5/2013)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Rich and thick. Very dense but with the tannins a little obtrusive at this point. Full blooded. Just very slightly earthbound. But pretty seductive. Just an edge of austerity. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2016)

K&L Notes

For the big brother of Ormes, it is a different story. Very bright and strong, direct and firm Cabernet Sauvignon with crunchy fruit and sparkling acidity. A powerful 2012 for the cellar. (Ralph Sands, K&L) 90 points from The Wine Cellar Insider: "71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot created a wine that will be aged in 75% new French oak. It took some effort to find the cedar, cassis, coffee and earthy notes. The ample tannins are refined, ending with spicy creme de cassis sensations. This will take time to soften." (4/2013)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2015 | Send Email
Dark fruit followed by pencil lead and ceder wood, graphite, plums, cassis, and quite spicy. It is still showing some tightness, but it clearly shows that will develop beautifully.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/25/2015 | Send Email
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A perfect 5 for value from this fantastic estate. Tons of pencil lead aromas and red fruit flavors. Needs a few years to blossom.
Drink from 2018 to 2030

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