About a month ago, I did a tasting of three dozen vintages of Lynch-Bages in Los Angeles, and the owner of the estate, Jean-Michel Cazes, also brought along a number of older vintages of his cru bourgeois estate, Les Ormes-de-Pez. In fact, it is now a cru bourgeois exceptionnel – which Jean-Michel is very proud of.
The 99-acre estate, which is in the district of St.-Estèphe, makes very, very good wines – sometimes outstanding. And I expect that the 2005 should be very good to outstanding. I scored it 85-88 points from barrel, but I thought there was a possibility it could be outstanding (90 points or more) when it finally reaches bottle.
The blend is usually about 55 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 percent Merlot and 10 percent Cabernet Franc.
Wine properties like this will prove that Bordeaux makes some excellent wines for the money in a top vintage, such as 2005.
Here are my notes from the tasting in L.A.:
2000: Full and rich with lots of velvety tannins. Plenty of plum, toasted oak, chocolate character. Hints of coffee. Tight and structured. Best after 2008. 89 points.
1989: Dark ruby color with lots of currant, berry and lightly toasted oak. Cigar box undertones. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. A beauty. Drink now. 91 points.
1970: Aromas of ripe berries and spices with licorice and mineral undertones. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Rich and impressive. 90 points.
1962: Currants, blackberries and tobacco. Very subtle aromas. Full, round and soft with a long finish. A lovely balance. Long and beautiful. 90 points.
1955: Some sweet fruit with tobacco and vanilla character but slightly diluted. Medium body, light tannins and a light finish. Falling apart now. 84 points.
Anthony Clapcich — June 4, 2006 7:43pm ET
Dan Jaworek — Chicago — June 7, 2006 8:47am ET
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