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2018 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1419437 98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark One of the finest vintages I've ever tasted from this address, the 2018 Château Lynch-Bages has everything you look for in a great wine: incredible aromatics, richness without weight, perfect balance, and a purity of fruit that's just about off the charts. Dense purple, it reveals a glorious perfume of blackcurrants and blackberry fruits, a deep, unctuous mouthfeel, building tannins, and a complex array of cedar pencil, tobacco, wood smoke, and chocolate. A true blockbuster in every sense, with masses of fruit and tannins as well as moderate acidity, it will probably merit a triple-digit score in a decade and is a 50+-year wine from this team. 98+ Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of blackberries, cloves, licorice, dried leaves, graphite and black olives. It’s full-bodied with firm, tight tannins. Structured and tannic with beautiful austerity and a long, mineral and layered finish. The tannins grow on the palate. Try from 2026. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Vibrant, with a violet and cassis lead-in that then expands to include steeped black cherry and plum fruit as well as extra savory, iron and licorice root notes. Nice latent grip too, with a mouthwatering tug of earth at the very end. The fruit is so vibrant, it's a tease now, but there's structure here for the long haul, so be patient. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Deep, rich black fruits on the nose followed by a powerful punch of spice alongside a ferocious tannic structure that will benefit from the extra polishing of bottle ageing. Combines tannic heft with cassis, bitter chocolate shavings, sage, cardamom and smoke. This is impressive, with a solidly confident, classic Pauillac character and a great example of the confidence of Lynch-Bages right now. A yield of 38hl/ha. (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Composed of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Lynch-Bages was aged in 75% new barriques. Deep garnet-purple in color, it soars out of the glass with a magnificently expressive nose of blueberry compote, black cherry preserves and blackcurrant pastilles, plus suggestions of dark chocolate, licorice, tar and violets with a waft of hoisin. The medium to full-bodied palate is just as impactful as the nose, coating the mouth with juicy black berry and spicy layers, supported by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long with a refreshing earthiness coming through at the end. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark An utterly fabulous wine, the 2018 Lynch-Bages captures all of the richness and generosity that make the year so appealing, and yet doesn’t stray too far from its classic feel. Rose petal, lavender, spice, sweet red berry fruit and mint are all beautifully lifted in the glass. Racy and silky to the core, the 2018 is a real head-turner from the very first taste. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. Readers will have a very hard time keeping their hands off this jewel of a wine. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The Lynch-Bages style is unmistakeable in this wine’s richness and the density of its structure and tannins. In addition it conveys a great sense of style, restrained power and opulence. Drink this wine from 2027. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Black core. Spicy, intense cassis nose. Imposing grip in the tannins holding everything prisoner at the moment but they are compact and dense rather than tough. Chewy, dense, powerful and 'masculine'. Highly structured and muscular but well balanced. Not a charmer but finely built in its power. (JH) 17/20 Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

93-95 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Lynch-Bages was picked from September 19, the Cabernet starting six days later and continuing until October 9, and matured for 18 months in 75% new oak. It has a charming, pure bouquet of black cherries, blueberry, violet and iris petals, almost Margaux-like in style. The medium-bodied palate is quite dense and grippy, offering slightly grainy tannins, moderate acidity and a powerful, saline finish. It is a little monolithic when compared to, say, the outstanding 2016, although I appreciate its length and it should age well in bottle. It just needs to muster a bit more charm, and maybe that will appear once in bottle. I will remain prudent with my score for now." (11/2019)


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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2021 | Send Email
Continued excellence from the Cazes family! Dark cherries, blackberries, minerally graphite, cedar and licorice on the nose, with a rich velvety texture on the palate, held up structurally by powerful tannins and balancing acidity. No doubt this will go down a great vintage for Lynch Bages.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2021 | Send Email
The aromatics of this great Lynch Bages have everything one dreams about in a Pauillac; the classic lead pencil minerality, the clean, perfectly ripe (not overripe!) cassis fruit, the powerfully built tannic structure and the refreshing acidity. A masterful wine with a finish that won't quit, this is a fantastic bottle for the long term in the cellar.
Drink from 2033 to 2078

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2021 | Send Email
Wild blackberry, huckleberry, wet slate and graphite are teased from this as it slowly unfolds with air. This is sleek, intense and super concentrated with tons of ripe fruit along with spice and herb in a monster mid-palate that opens very slowly. There is tremendous grip to the super sweet tannins and loads of mineral on the powerful finish.

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