Learn everything about Lynsolence, St. Emilion with wine tasting notes, and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, the history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles
Lynsolence takes its name from the daughter of the owner, Denis Barraud. The wine made its debut with the 1998 vintage. However, the estate has a much longer track record in the Right Bank. In fact, the vineyard was first cultivated at the end of the 1800s by Pierre-Henri Descrambe.
Denis Barraud has been managing Lynsolence since 1971. While the Barraud family owns 36 hectares of vines located in Saint Emilion, Lynsolence is produced from a selection of the best parcels of vines, which total only 2.5 hectares.
Lynsolence Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The small, 2.5-hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Lynsolence is planted with 100% old vine, Merlot. The vineyards are situated in two areas in St. Emilion. They have vines that are placed not from Chateau Monbousquet where the terroir is gravel and sand with deposits of iron.
However, their best terroir is further east, near Valandraud, with gravel, rock, clay, and alluvial sands with crasse de fer. The vines are old, with an average age of close to 55 years.
The vines are planted to a vine density of 5,600 vines per hectare. Yields are purposely kept low, ranging from 19 to 25 hectoliters per hectare.
To produce the wine of Lynsolence, following a cold soak for between 6 to 10 days, vinification takes place in a combination of temperature-controlled, 50-hectoliter oak vats and 400 liters, French, oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation is conducted in new, French oak barrels.
The wine of Lynsolence is aged in 100% new, French, oak barrels for an average of 18 months before bottling.
The best vintages of Lynsolence are: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005. Fans of the estate should know that starting with 2018, Lynsolence has been on top of things, making the best wine in the history of the estate.
The production of Lynsolence is small. On average, only 850 cases of wine are produced here in each vintage. Jean Luc Thunevin of Valandraud acts as their consultant.
When to Drink Lynsolence, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Lynsolence needs at least sometime before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour to 90 minutes. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Lynsolence is usually better with at least 4-6 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Lynsolence offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 5-15 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Lynsolence with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Lynsolence is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Lynsolence is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Lynsolence is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
Denis Barraud produces two other Saint Emilion wines using 100% Merlot, Chateau Les Gravieres and Haut Renaissance. The Barraud family also produces other Merlot dominated, Bordeaux value wines, Chateau de La Cour d’Argent, Merlot De Lyne and Emotion.
Lynsolence Wine Tasting Notes
17 Vintages 45,198 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2021||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With a nice, depth of color, the wine opens with licorice, blackberry, coffee bean and chocolate mint. On the palate, the wine is round, fresh, sweet, and soft, with a black cherry and espresso packed finish. The wine is made from 100% Merlot. Drink from 2023-2035. 89-91
1,593 Views Tasted May 20, 2022
|2020||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Deeply colored, the wine offers up its bouquet of flowers, licorice, chocolate-covered plums and cherries with ease. Lusciously-textured, with good concentration, silky tannins, freshness and elegance to its array of fruits, the seductive finish is created by layers of sweet, juicy, vibrant cherries with a touch of exotic spices. 93-95 Pts
3,043 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Flowers, licorice, spice and cocoa covered cherries are all over the place here on the nose and palate. The wine is lush, round, opulent, fresh and sweet, with hints of chocolate and spice that come along with all those ripe, red fruits on the mid-palate and in the finish. Drink from 2023-2035.
799 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2022
Dark garnet in color, the wine is floral in nature with blackberry, plum, black cherry, cocoa and licorice on the nose. Lush, round, ripe and juicy, with loads of sweet, dark red fruits bursting with flavor and freshness, the finish keeps on going with a nice touch of minerality in the endnote. 92-94 Pts
3,540 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Supple textured with silky tannins and layers of ripe black cherries, dark chocolate, licorice and spice, the wine offers depth, opulence and layers of mineral driven fruits that build and expand on the palate and in the finish. This is in competition for the finest vintage of Lynsolence ever produced. The wine is made from 100% Merlot.
1,718 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Medium bodied, juicy and fresh, the fruits are red, ripe and bright with a floral, cocoa and fennel accent in the finish. The wine is produced from 100% Merlot. 91-93 Pts
2,289 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This intrepid estate was heavily ravaged by frost, losing 30% of their crop, yet they managed to produce a deeply colored, medium-bodied wine with sweetness, chocolate, licorice and fresh black cherries. It’s 100% Merlot.
1,320 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Round, fleshy, ripe and fresh, the sweet black cherries are soft, lively and already show earthy nuances from start to finish. Deep in color, this is the best vintage yet for Lynsolence and will age nicely. Give it a few years and it will be delicious.
2,664 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Deep and dark in color, fleshy, rich, juicy, sweet and lush, there is freshness, ripe fruits and length. This is the best wine yet for Lynsolence and should age nicely.
1,846 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fleshy, forward, juicy, sweet and fruity, the wine is already rocking. The fruit is out in front, with its soft, silky textures and the finish leaves you with dark chocolate and burnt espresso in the finish.
2,007 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Oaky but with loads of sweet, plump, juicy, dark berries, licorice and espresso. The fat textures are perfect for the ripe, stony fruits.
1,484 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
A medium-bodied wine with a soft, dark chocolate and red plum note that is evident from start to finish. 88-90 Pts
1,562 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This 100% Merlot wine delivers truffle, licorice, espresso and blackberry aromas, medium body, a soft entry and a dusty, black raspberry finish. The wine is aging in 100% new French oak. 88-89 Pts
1,371 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2014
|2012||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Black cherry, spice, licorice, lush textures and a nice, chocolate-covered black berry finish are the hallmarks of this wine. 90-92 Pts
3,760 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This fleshy, sweet, ripe wine features jammy black cherry, fennel and chocolate. It's medium bodied with round textures and a plummy finish. 88-90 Pts
1,464 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2012
|2010||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Packed with layers of fat, ripe, juicy, sweet, blackberries, black cherry liqueur, fennel and espresso bean. The wine is round, supple and plush on the palate, with good concentration of fruit and flavor.
2,030 Views Tasted Jul 22, 2013
|2009||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
From 100% Merlot, this lush, fat, rich, round wine packs your palate with licorice, black cherry liqueur, earth, smoke and chocolate. There is a wealth of good material in the wine, with no sensation of heat in the 14.9% alcohol finish.
3,587 Views Tasted Jul 22, 2013
|2008||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
A nice wine here, with good depth of flavor, it's already quite accessible with its licorice, black raspberry, cherry and earthy character.
1,479 Views Tasted Jul 22, 2013
|2006||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Soft, floral, fruity, sweet, round and ready to go, so it takes no effort to find all the ripe cherry, dark cocoa, black plum and thyme on the nose and medium-bodied palate.
1,717 Views Tasted Aug 30, 2021
|2005||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Really solid wine that is drinking well today. Produced from 100% Merlot. the wine is medium bodied, yet supple, round and fruity, with a licorice, black cherry and an earthy, dark chocolate character. Popped and poured, the wine opened up in the glass.
3,046 Views Tasted Nov 15, 2016
|2000||Lynsolence (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
From 100% Merlot, this has entered its downhill slide. Soft and polished, the fruit is fading, and you find more secondary notes of earth, tobacco, coffee, smoke and thyme. This requires consumption.
2,879 Views Tasted Dec 13, 2017