2015 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

SKU #1385857 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This vintage was ideal for the rich style that this estate has made its own. This wine is full bodied and ripe with black-currant and dark berry fruits. The tannins fall into the cushioned wine with ease and richness. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Brambly and attractive ripe blackberries and red-plum aromas with some floral accents, too. The palate has a very plush, polished and regal shape as tannins frame up a core of ripe black fruit. Succulent, impressive finish. Inner quote mark (2/2018)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Beguiling fragrance of cherries and blackcurrants on the nose. Some 2015s are starting to open up but this is still on the slightly shy side, it's supple and sleek, direct and still quite lean and focussed - yet showing supreme elegance. I love the purity and the clear minerality on show with a juicy acidity, it just feels as if it hasn't yet hit its stride and I get the sense that the best is still to come. One to watch. (GH) Inner quote mark (11/2022)

94 points Jane Anson

Outer quote mark This is powerful and deep with high but careful extraction and firm tannins. At this stage it feels so much younger and more closed than almost anything else I’ve tasted from this vintage in Pauillac. This is going for a firm, impressive impact and it manages it, but it lacks some generosity in the fruit character that it has in spades in 2016. 2% Petit Verdot. 75% new oak. One-third malolactic fermentation in vats, two-thirds in barrel. (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The inky colored 2015 Château Lynch-Bages is a seriously impressive Pauillac that’s up with the crème de la crème of the appellation in 2015. Notes of ripe blackcurrants, caramelized cherries, tobacco leaf and a kiss of lead pencil all emerge from this textbook Pauillac that has medium to full-bodied richness, notable concentration, and building structure. Made from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that saw 75% new barrels, it needs 5-7 years of cellaring and will be one of the longer-lived wines from the Médoc. 94+ Inner quote mark (11/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This has an ample core of plum, fig and blackberry compote flavors, underlined liberally with graphite and smoldering tobacco notes. Fleshy and focused, with ample grip through the juniper- and tar-accented finish. Well-built. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2015 Lynch-Bages has a fresh, vibrant bouquet of blackberry, graphite, cedarwood and just a touch of spice. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity and well-balanced, but not quite as complex as the aromatics augur. While I like the precision here, it just does not kick in as I expected. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting. (NM) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark We fully confess to liking Lynch-Bages going back to our early days as collectors and believe that the 2015 version ranks with the estate's better examples of recent year. It is a very rich and wonderfully expressive wine chock full of extracted, cassis-like fruit that is highlighted with wholly complementary oak spice and complexing notes of tobacco, cedar and briar, and, while a fairly solid and sturdy working, it is never so tough that it fails to offer a clear look at beauty to come. It needs time and may well prove to be quite long-lived, so be in no hurry to drink it any time soon and heed our advice to hide it away in a far corner of the cellar for six to ten years. Inner quote mark (6/2018)

92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Lynch Bages offers up crushed black berries, black cherries and dried herbs with an earthy undercurrent. The medium-bodied palate is firm and taut with lively fruit and a chewy finish. (LPB) 92+ Inner quote mark (2/2018)

K&L Notes

96 points Antonio Galloni for Vinous: "One of the finest Pauillacs of 2015, Lynch-Bages is rich, racy and voluptuous. A rush of dark red and purplish stone fruit, mint, new leather, spice and blood orange give the 2015 a very decidedly exotic character that is impossible to miss. Raspberry jam, mocha, new leather and expressive floral notes appear with time in the glass, rounding things out nicely. Even though the 2015 is quite forward and open at this stage, the wine has plenty of stuffing as well as the underlying structure to support many years of exceptional drinking. This is a stellar showing for Lynch-Bages." (12/2017)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2019 | Send Email
If there could ever be such a thing as an approachable young Lynch Bages this would be it. This is full of blackberry fruit and graphite aromas along with a savory touch and a long mineral laced finish. Although big and powerful there is an overlay of plush, elegant and sweet fruit that already lends a generous note. Needless to say this will age gracefully.

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