A tiny 6.5-acre vineyard planted in light gravel/sandy soils not far from Monbousquet and Valandraud, Lynsolence's proprietor, Denis Baraud, is an up-and-coming star of St.-Emilion. Made from yields of 19 hectoliters per hectare, the 2003 (100% Merlot that achieved 14.5% alcohol) is an exuberant, flamboyant, modern-styled St.-Emilion displaying an inky/plum/purple color, a big, sweet, ostentatious bouquet (smoke, new oak, blackberries, cassis), low acidity, a dense, chewy personality, abundant fruit and glycerin, and plenty of flesh covering its structural skeleton. Sadly, there are only 525 cases of this gorgeous offering.
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90
Classy wine with currant, berry and light vanilla aromas. Full-bodied, with a dense yet refined texture and a medium finish. Tight and well done.
Decanted and poured immediately. Aromas of dark fruit. No obvious secondary characteristics, which is not surprising considering the age. Full bodied on the palate. Flavors of dark fruit and hints of bell pepper. Chewy tannins and a medium finish. Poured back in the bottle and drank rest on second day. Fruit had faded and small amount of secondary characteristics (cedar, tobacco) began to show, but so did the heat. Better on the first day as a flashy Merlot.
Author: John F546
Self | Rating: 91
this is 100% Merlot so upon decanting and 15 minutes breathing, it blossoms into a lovely, well rounded, medium bodied St. Emilion. enjoy now.