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2010 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

SKU #1148701 98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A wine with great beauty and finesse. Such elegance and ethereal quality for this estate. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a juicy delicious finish. Long and beautiful. This is the best Lynch in a long, long time. I love the precision here. Inner quote mark (11/2013)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Deep inky purple in colour, this is a majestic Pauillac to be savoured by Bordeaux lovers. Again we are far from it being ready to drink and the tannins continue to be dominant, although not hiding the layers of rich earthy loam, slate, pencil lead and concentrated cassis that lie underneath. It's impressive and built, muscular, taut and architectural. An excellent reflection of what 2010 brought to the wines in this corner of the Médoc. It's not the most enticing for drinking today; give it another few years to soften and open further, or really allow it to have a good four to five hours in a carafe. But there is no mistaking the future of this wine. (JA) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2010 Lynch Bages is an absolutely brilliant wine, and somewhat reminiscent at this stage in its development of the profound 1989. Jean-Charles Cazes, who took over for his father a number of years ago, has produced a magnificent wine with the classic creme de cassis note intermixed with smoke, graphite and spring flowers. It is a massive Lynch Bages, full-bodied and very 1989-ish, with notable power, loads of tannin, and extraordinary concentration and precision. This is not a Lynch Bages to drink in its exuberant youth, but one to hold on to for 5-6 years and drink over the following three decades. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This sumptuous wine is driven by perfectly ripe fruit as well as dense, dusty and dry tannins. Great swathes of blackberry sweep across the palate, followed by juicy acidity. Such a combination will make this impressive wine a delight to drink in 10 years and beyond. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Roasted cedar, tobacco and bay leaf notes start off this structured but lively bottling, with intense currant, blackberry and black cherry flavors at the core. The iron-laced grip and pleasantly austere plum pit and licorice snap accents fill in on the tar-tinged finish. Great range, character and typicity. If you ever need to explain Pauillac to someone, give them this. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2013)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2010 Lynch-Bages has a stunning bouquet with pixelated black fruit, crushed stone and graphite aromas that soar from the glass. This is just amazingly focused. The palate is medium-bodied with concentrated black fruit curiously tinged with cough candy, which here I find just a bit out of place. The acidity is extremely well judged and there is immense persistence on the finish. Bold, brassy and ambitious, this is an extremely impressive wine, although I suspect that there are better bottles out there. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2010 Lynch-Bages is one of the stars in the Left Bank this year, as the Cazes family has fashioned a superb and perfectly balanced example of the vintage. The deep and complex nose soars from the glass in a mélange of cassis, dark berries, espresso, cigar ash, a touch of lead pencil, gravel, leafy young cabernet tones and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and most impressively soil-driven, with a fine core of pure fruit, excellent focus and balance, bright, well-integrated acids and fine length and grip on the ripely tannic and beautifully delineated finish. A fine, fine vintage for Lynch-Bages. 94+ Inner quote mark (3/2011)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Second sample (and cooler because straight from the Farr cellar). Youthful crimson colour. Fragrant and cedary. A little bit herbaceous. Taut, firm and dry but beautifully structured. Juicy even with all that cedary character. Lots of tension and needs time to meld more fully. Still pretty firm, dry tannins. (JH) 17.5/20 points Inner quote mark (2/2020)

K&L Notes

96 points Lisa Perotti-Brown for Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Lynch Bages comes sailing out of the glass with notes of redcurrant jelly, black cherry compote and cassis plus wafts of smoked meats, tar, cigar box and dried roses. Full-bodied, the palate is stacked with red and black fruit layers, framed by ripe, firm, fine-grained tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long." (03/2020)


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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2018 | Send Email
This wine is just perfectly balanced. Although 2010s tend to be tannic and structured, this is a great example of the poise and balance that can be achieved in the vintage, and the amazing aging potential. Even though this was decanted for hours, it still showed very young. I'd love to taste this in about 10 years time. The first elements of savory development are just starting to creep in around the primary fruit, and the hard edges of tannin are just softening, but the overwhelming impression is one of power, structure, balance, and potential.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2016 | Send Email
Yet another deep, clean and absolutely packed cellar candidate from this overachieving fifth growth. After an hour decanting the complex aromas of raspberries, mint, licorice, violets and spice begin to show the potential here. The body is concentrated and effortless, with the powerful middle of sweet cassis giving way to a long, dry finish of graphite-dusted and polished tannin. This is class in a glass.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/10/2015 | Send Email
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Massive wine that will age gracefully for 30 more years. Packed with cedar oak and pencil shaving aromas. Cabernet at its best, but if you drink it soon, decant for 2 hours.
Drink from 2020 to 2050

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2013 | Send Email
A long aging Lynch.

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2013 | Send Email
Tight and tannic with rich blackberry fruit. Long spice and black fruit on the finish.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2013 | Send Email
One of my favorite Lynch-Bages in years. Lots of minerals, slate and velvety currants on the palate, with a firm backbone. Should age well.

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