Chateau Lynch-Bages 1996 Wine Review (Blind Tasting with PB- posted by NW)
Nose of tobacco, cedar, and smoke
Dark berries on the palate, firmly structured
Finish lingers with moderate tannins, showing earth, mushrooms, and some coffee
What a treat! This wine is ageing well, showing complexity and mysterious layers of earthy aromas wrapped around the core of berries. If you haven't had a real Bordeaux in a while, grab a Lynch-Bages of any vintage. It's the opposite of the fruit-forward new world style that is dominant today.
This wine was supplied by PB for the blind tasting. I suspected he might put a ringer in there, and he did. I guessed that it was an aged Bordeaux, but I'm somewhat familiar with what's in his cellar. He bought the bottle for $70 at a small shop in metro Chicago on a visit there. You have to read about his experience under his review of this wine below.
By far, it was the best wine of the blind tasting. It has so much character, but is all woven together in a way that eludes many other wines. Thanks PB. Raise a glass!