Vertical Tasting of Chateau Lynch-Bages (Jan 2012)

(78% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 3.76 pH; 5.08 g/l total acidity; 58 IPT; 13.3% alcohol): Deep ruby-red. Closed nose hints at blackcurrant, dark plum, smoke and dried herbs. Juicy and dense on entry, then bright and lively in the middle, thanks to vibrant acidity lifting the flavors of underbrush, earth and dark plum. Finishes with a hint of cola, a slightly weedy note, and mounting, drying tannins. I was a little disappointed by this wine; maybe I caught it in at an awkward time, as there didn’t seem to be anything wrong with the bottle itself–or the cork.