5th-growth Bordeaux from Pauillac by Alex Barr of Genlead (thanks Alex !). According to a couple of experts I checked with, the 2004s are not set for long aging and are ready for drinking more or less now, so the other day we opened it up with a simple roast-beef dinner.
Bordeaux is my favourite source of red wines generally, but not having had a "classed growth" wine before, I was intrigued about what to expect - how would it be different from every other, non-classed, Bordeaux I have had ?
The nose showed initially rich blackcurrant followed increasingly by a delicious woodsiness and forest floor, with hints of vanilla and spice; the texture is very smooth texture, almost custard-creamy, and the finish is long and concentrated,with a gentle tannic grip and a slightly herbaceous edge. There is lots of juicy bramble fruit and a slight smokiness, almost like beeswax church candles.
What was, for me, most surprising about this wine is how soft and approachable it is, even at just 6 years old - I had expected something rather chewier and more tannic. Beyond that, it was a very well-made and enjoyable wine, but not stellar.
And with hindsight, plus a bit of research on the Internet, that stands to reason - according to the website 90plus Wines:
- Wine Spectator gave it 88/100 on 31 Mar 2007 and said it shows aromas of currant and sandalwood.
- Jancis Robinson rates it 17.5/20 on 06 Aug 2008 calling it quite complex and interesting. Real vivacity
These are good, solid scores and reviews, but not earth-shattering.
The Wine Doctor, Chris Kissack, says: Chateau Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac) 2004: Dense fruit here and overtly toasty oak marks the nose of this wine. On the palate there is a good grip and depth, with lots of firm structure and an appealing depth of berry fruit with a nicely composed substance. Good vigour, lots of ripe tannins, good acidity too. It is perhaps a touch on the lean side but it has potential for sure. From a 2004 Bordeaux tasting at four years of age. 16+/20
At first, I had wondered whether I was missing something, whether I should have been more impressed by the wine, whether it should have felt like it was in a completely different league from all else - on reflection, whilst it is a very good and enjoyable wine, it is now clear that there are other equally good wines out there that have no mention in the 1855 Classification and I won't have quite the same wide-eyed reverence for it as I did previously.
Lynch-Moussas - http://www.lynch-moussas.com/
Château Lynch-Moussas profile on Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_Lynch-Moussas
Explanation of the 1855 classification on Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bordeaux_Wine_Official_Classification_of_1855
90plus wines - http://www.90pluswines.com/
Jancis Robinson - http://www.jancisrobinson.com/
Wine Spectator - http://www.winespectator.com/
The Wine Doctor - http://www.thewinedoctor.com/
Genlead - http://www.genlead.co.uk/