Maquis Lien 2011
Wine AdvocateI also tasted the 2011 Lien, where I found some subtle aromas of dried flowers and maybe chamomile, combining floral and herbal characters. The blend changes quite a lot every year, and in 2011 it was 35% Cabernet Franc, 30% Carménère, 25% Syrah and 20% Petit Verdot. Even though 2010 was a very good year, I see more freshness and poise in this 2011; the aromas are subtler and the tannins are definitely finer. The wine comes through as better balanced with a long, persistent finish. I had the chance to compare it with the 2006 and 2003 (the latter of which was the first vintage), which were two very different harvests; 2006 was cool and 2003 was very ripe, and they are both holding it well, with the cooler vintage showing better integration and a slower evolution. 2011 could go in the direction of the 2006. 67,500 bottles produced.
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