Echo de Lynch Bages 2012 and other wines
1. Echo de Lynch Bages 2012, Second Wine Pauillac
57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc - aged in last year's Lynch Bages barrels. Good black colour and good blueberry and blackcurrant fruit. Definite tannins, reasonably long. A decent second wine. JS90.
JAMES SUCKLING | 90
Aromas and flavors of tar, berries and dark chocolate. Full body, relatively firm tannins and a finish that fills the palate. Well done. Second wine of Lynch-Bages.
2. CHATEAU CHARMAIL 2008, HAUT MEDOC
Classic, earthy Haut Medoc style with demur mixed black and red fruit. Cabernet, nicely balanced by Merlot, was not fully ripe but healthy. Mid-weight, structured claret. Even after almost 10 years, the structure (tannins and acid) is solid for a humble CB. A good food wine with strong mid palate. RP88, WS88.
ROBERT PARKER | 88
This dark ruby/plum/purple-tinged sleeper of the vintage exhibits plenty of sweet black currant fruit intertwined with hints of incense and damp earth. Medium-bodied with plenty of juicy, savory fruit, soft tannin and decent acidity, it will drink well for 5-7 years.
WINE SPECTATOR | 88
This juicy red offers a plush texture, offering firm underlying tannins in a balanced package that delivers flavors of black cherry, blackberry and vanilla, accented with malt and cream. Exuberant.
3. Chateau de Fonbel 2006, St. Emilion Grand Cru
Red currant, blackberry jam and a hint of polished leather, giving this wine all the vivacity of the 2006 vintage. It has a lovely lightness of touch and certain rigidity peculiar to vintage 2006, with its final note one of delicious juiciness. This wine is drinking well now and we believe will remain full of charm for the next few years. Made by the Ausone Team. A good food wine with strong mid palate. JS90.
JAMES SUCKLING | 90
Excellent color for the vintage. Blackberry, blueberry and raspberry pie aromas in this. Full and velvety with lovely fruit. A little one-dimensional, but it's focused and the fruit is ripe. Give it two to three years of bottle age. Better in 2014.
4. Chateau Cantermerle 2012, Haut Medoc 5th
The fruit is ripe (cherries, raspberry, blackcurrants). An elegant wine (medium bodied, almost with a St. Julien feel (lavender, fine tannins and fruity finish). At least 4 to 5 more years. JS92, RP91.
JAMES SUCKLING | 92
This red shows some cassis, blueberries and floral notes on the nose. Some tar, too. Medium to full body, juicy tannins and a fruity finish. Enticing wine. Drink now or hold.
ROBERT PARKER | 91
Cantemerle's ethereal elegance and racy, classy style are unmistakable in this understated yet pretty, dark ruby-colored 2012. Offering lots of cherry, raspberry and black currant fruit, this is a wine of unmistakable finesse and delicacy. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years.
Wine Advocate (206), April 2013