JAMES SUCKLING: "This is really cool to smell, with lead pencil shavings, iron filings and oyster shells. Blackcurrants, too. Full to medium body with layers of firm tannins, but a dusty and powdery texture, too. Lovely finish. 67% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, 5% petit verdot and 3% cabernet franc."
WINE ENTHUSIAST: "95–97. Barrel Sample. The structure of this wine is the thing—with both power and density, it has weight and the richness associated with this property but in a lighter style proper to the vintage."
WEINWISSER: "67 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 % Merlot, 3 % Cabernet Franc, 5 % Petit Verdot, 13.14 Vol.-%, pH 3.72, IPT 90. Komplexes Bouquet, edle Cassiswürze, zarte Fliedernote und Graphit, dahinter Burleytabak, weißer Pfeffer und Lakritze. Am geradlinigen, sehr präzisen Gaumen mit seidiger Textur, vibrierender Rasse, engmaschigem Tanningerüst und durchtrainiertem Körper. Im konzentrierten Finale schwarze Johannisbeere gepaart mit tiefschürfender Terroirwürze und fein körniger Adstringenz. Da ist richtig laute Musik drin, das Thema zum aktuellen Jahrgang passt daher perfekt: Rock and Roll! Auch hier gab es eine feierliche Kellereinweihung."
DECANTER: "Sweet blackcurrant fruit on the nose, softly jammy and expressive. You can really feel the ripeness here, grapes got full maturity and this is plush, mouthfilling and plump with chewy tannins - more opulent and perfumed than others also with more power and body. Tannins are mouthfilling and you get the stone minerality and the Cabernet freshness that really takes over giving this a sense of tension and grip. A really characterful and expressive Pauillac where the tannins and acidity perfectly compliment each other with the muscular and concentrated fruit also giving a multi-faceted dimension. 3% Cabernet Sauvignon completes the blend."
JEB DUNNUCK: "The Grand Vin 2021 Château Lynch-Bages ratchets up everything, offering a rich, powerful, almost full-bodied style as well as gorgeous notes of blackcurrants, smoked tobacco, spice, and hints of cassis. It might be the biggest, richest wine in the vintage and has a great mid-palate, impressive density, building tannins, and a great, great finish."
THE WINE ADVOCATE: "The second vintage vinified in the Cazes family's new winery, the 2021 Lynch-Bages unwinds in the glass with aromas of minty cassis, sweet berries, loamy soil, black truffle and cigar wrapper, framed by nicely integrated new oak. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and muscular, it's a serious, layered, powerful, youthfully structured wine that will come together beautifully with maturation in barrel."
FALSTAFF: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Feines Edelholz, ein Hauch von dunklem Nougat, schwarze Herzkirschen, zarte Nuancen von Lakritze. Komplex, saftig, zart nach Cassis, tragende Tannine, gute Länge und Frische, sicheres Reifepotenzial."
LISA PERROTTI-BROWN: "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2021 Lynch-Bages rolls out of the glass with effortlessly expressive notes of creme de cassis, black raspberries, and mulberries, giving way to hints of crushed rocks, wild sage, and wood smoke. Light to medium-bodied, the palate has a sturdy frame of firm, grainy tannins and bags of freshness framing the muscular fruit, finishing long and minerally. The blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. This wine is due to be aged for 18 months in oak, 75% new. The wine has a pH of 3.72 and an IPT of 90."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Deep and dark in color, the wine is packed with crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, currants, cigar box, and forest floor. On the palate, the wine is fresh, bright, chewy, and crisp, with firm tannins. Classic in style, with an energetic, bright, savory-tinted finish, give it some time in the cellar before opening a bottle. The wine blends 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, 13.14% ABV. The yields were low at 34 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2027-2050."