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Lynsolence (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020

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JS 95
James Suckling

A beautiful young red with a solid core of ripe fruit that shows blueberry, raspberry and some stone character. The polish and finesse to the tannin texture is impressive. Barrel Sample: 94-95

RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2020 Lynsolence is 100% Merlot, aging for 18 months in French oak barriques, 100% new. Deep purple-black in color, it charges out of the glass with energetic scents of fresh blackberries, crushed black cherries and ripe, juicy black plums, plus nuances of cedar chest, lilacs and licorice with a touch of dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with taut black fruits, framed by firm, finely grained tannins and fantastic tension, finishing long and layered. The alcohol is 14.5% this year.
Barrel Sample: (93-95)+
JD 93
Jeb Dunnuck
All Merlot brought up in new oak, the 2020 Lynsolence delivers the goods, which it has done for many years now. Offering a beautiful nose of cassis and black cherry fruits as well as chalky minerality and classy oak, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a straight, focused texture, impressive mid-palate density, and a great finish. It has a solid veneer of oak, but it’s integrated and unobtrusive, and this is just a classy Saint-Emilion that will keep for 15 years or more.
Barrel Sample: 91-93+
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Lynsolence, France
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Since 1998 the cuvée Lynsolence, named by Denis Barraud's daughter Sandra who also designed the label, is the perfect example of the depth and finesse that the Estate seeks in all their wines.

The Denis Barraud estate has been family owned since it was first created at the end of the 19th Century. His grandfather, Pierre-Henri Descrambe enlarged it and he passed on to him his love for the vine. Denis has been in charge since 1971.

He's believes you can only make good wine if you have meticulously looked after the vines so that they give good grapes. Denis explains "We take great pains over our viticultural methods to obtain perfectly ripe grapes. We then vinify in such a way as to let these ripe healthy grapes express themselves and in so doing, perfectly reflect our wonderful terroir."

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St-Émilion Wine

Bordeaux, France

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Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.

St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.

Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.

The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.

Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.

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With generous fruit and supple tannins, Merlot is made in a range of styles from everyday-drinking to world-renowned and age-worthy. Merlot is the dominant variety in the wines from Bordeaux’s Right Bank regions of St. Emilion and Pomerol, where it is often blended with Cabernet Franc to spectacular result. Merlot also frequently shines on its own, particularly in California’s Napa Valley. Somm Secret—As much as Miles derided the variety in the 2004 film, Sideways, his prized 1961 Château Cheval Blanc is actually a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

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