Made from 100% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Lynsolence gives up bold notions of baked plums, black raspberries and Black Forest cake with hints of smoked meats, dried herbs and forest floor. Full-bodied and densely packed with layer upon layer of black and blue fruits, it has a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins and a long, earthy finish.
93-95 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Apr 2019)
I suspect another best to date, the 2018 Lynsolence is a special cuvée from Château Les Gravières (whose Saint-Émilion is brilliant as well) based all on Merlot brought up in new barrels. Its inky purple/blue color is followed by blockbuster notes of blueberries, violets, cassis, and chocolate. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and pure on the palate, it’s a big, rich, powerful wine that stays incredibly balanced and pure, although I suspect it’s not for the traditionalist craving lightweight aromas and flavors. Drink this beauty any time over the coming 15-20 years. I suspect it will represent a killer value as well. Tasted twice.
93-95 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2019)
A tight and chewy red with dark berries and dark chocolate and walnut undertones. Medium body. Savory finish. Lots of potential.
92-93 points, James Suckling (Apr 2019)
The 2018 Lynsolence is a gorgeous wine that shows the more modern style of Saint-Émilion off to great effect. Super-ripe, jammy and concentrated, the 2018 possesses exceptional balance and class. Plush fruit and suave, silky tannins add to the wine's extroverted, flamboyant feel. The 2018 needs time to come together, but it is super promising. Tasted three times.
90-93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2019)