The 2018 Echo de Lynch Bages is matured for 12 months in one-year-old oak, as usual. I find this much more restrained and better defined on the nose compared directly with the Verso de Haut-Batailley, offering pure blackberry and cassis fruit laced with minerals and pressed violets. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, layers of slightly toasty black fruit laced with tobacco and black pepper, and a fine, cohesive finish. A little denser in style for Echo, but well-crafted, and it should give 12 to 15 years of drinking pleasure. Drink 2023-2040.
|Score: 88/90||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc and without any new oak, the very deep purple-black colored 2018 Echo de Lynch Bages rolls seductively out of the glass with fragrant notes of candied violets, rose hip tea and fragrant soil over a core of crushed blackberries, warm blackcurrants and kirsch plus wafts of chocolate mint and crushed rocks. Full, rich, wonderfully concentrated and well structured, it has a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long.
|Score: 90/92+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
Very layered and dense second wine of Lynch this year. Medium to full body, juicy fruit and polished and chewy tannins. Will need time.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Echo de Lynch Bages is a rich, sensual and inviting second wine. Dark cherry, pomegranate, mint, blood orange and spice infuse this racy, sumptuous second wine from Lynch Bages. Plush fruit and soft, silky contours add to the wine's immediacy and sheer appeal. This is very nicely done. Echo is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
|Score: 91/93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. pH 3.57, 12 months in oak, none new. Barrel sample.
Inky core with bright purple rim. Sweeter on the nose than the Haut-Batailley just tasted. Cassis and a touch of blueberry. Rounded and smooth but less pretty than the Haut-Batailley Verso, perhaps more long-lived. (JH) 13.9%
|Score: 16.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Deep ruby in colour, with deep and spicy black fruit on the nose. The palate is juicy and dense in black fruit, which has rich, mouthcoating but fine grained tannins that support rather than dominate the savoury edge to this wine. Pure in cassis on the finish, which is still tightly wound and sappy.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
The 2018 Echo De Lynch-Bages is the second wine of Lynch Bages and is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc brought up all in once-used barrels. Cassis, graphite, lead pencil, and graphite notes all emerge from this deep, shockingly concentrated wine that has full-bodied richness, ripe, present tannins, and a great finish. The stats on this second wine are telling, and it’s 13.9% alcohol, 3.57 pH, and an IPT of 87. It's one serious, blockbuster-styled second wine that shows how successful some of the second wines in the vintage are.
|Score: 93/95||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|