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 Vintage2004 Label 2 of 200 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Lynch-Bages (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationPauillac
UPC Code(s)000008738028

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2021 (based on 61 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lynch Bages on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.9 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 126 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Wineforth on 4/4/2015 & rated 93 points: Cigar box and blackcurrant. Simpler than earlier bottles. Still soft and very long. Have rated this as high as 97. Much better than the 03 which has consistently scored 89. (1633 views)
 Tasted by toddmk on 1/17/2015 & rated 90 points: Comparable to other recent tasting notes. Decanted for around 2 hours. Solid wine but no thrills. I definitely enjoyed. Not a very good QPR but not sure you can say classified growth Bordeaux offers good value. (2577 views)
 Tasted by robertek on 1/5/2015 & rated 90 points: Good solid Pauillac in the zone. No thrills though - but good. (2506 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 1/4/2015 & rated 90 points: Garnet in color, cigar box, tobacco, wet forest floor and stone aromas open to an accessible, soft, friendly, cassis filled wine that is ready to drink and offers a lot of pleasure and Pauillac character. (2879 views)
 Tasted by Don and Pam on 11/5/2014 & rated 90 points: very tasty and much more time to improve. Decanted for an hour and it was smooth with a long finish (3091 views)
 Tasted by Life At Your Leisure on 10/27/2014 & rated 93 points: Dark garnet color turning crimson at the rim. The nose gives off lifted earthy notes, a bit of barnyard, currants, tobacco and dried herbs. The palate is full-bodied, great structure but with a silky texture. Flavors of black currant, pane grille, graphite, lead pencil shavings, cassis, meat, vanilla and toasted oak. Finishes long and meaty. This has evolved very well and is ready to drinking very now until 2024. Very enjoyable! 93+ (2432 views)
 Tasted by CManthei on 9/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Licorice, chocolate, tobacco and saddle leather all combine in this rather tight and viscous Paulliac. Quite impressed with it, even in a so-called "off-vintage." Drink now, or enjoy in a few years to come. (2056 views)
 Tasted by capacious on 8/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Double decanted for 8 hours, enjoyed this the best of the case, but still quite young. Had it to pair with an 04 Napa cab as a simple minded ten year old comparison. The Bordeaux prob to no ones surprise is getting better and better and likely has a decade plus some but we worried about the Napa. (2441 views)
 Tasted by Derek Darth Taster on 6/1/2014 & rated 95 points: Drinks at Jess's place on a Sunday afternoon. Pop and poured. Enjoyed from decanter over 2 hours.
Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Legs.
Nose is clean, pronounced intensity, with wonderful 'leap out of the glass' aromas of smelly cheese (NICE!), earth, toasted oak, young leather, dark black fruits. Developing.
On the palate, dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, ripe silky medium+ tannins, full body. Medium+ flavor intensity, with flavours of savoury earth, leather, rich blackcurrant and blackberries. Long finish.
Outstanding quality Pauillac. Open for business and can drink now, and will improve over the next 4-5 years also. (3398 views)
 Tasted by MPAN on 5/24/2014 & rated 97 points: Dark red, not much nose, yielding some prune; rounded, open, smooth, silky, beautiful; open, ripe and ready for business; excellent (2695 views)
 Tasted by JChan on 5/3/2014 & rated 91 points: Very closed initially. It become beautiful after half an hour of decanting. Medium bodied, black fruits. Very interesting long and deep finish. Enjoyable. (2702 views)
 Tasted by Atreyu on 3/17/2014 & rated 92 points: n av de beste 2004 jeg har smakt så langt, og kanskje den friskeste røde Bordeaux jeg har hatt noen gang. Relativt modne tanniner (men ingen 2009) og kraftig, men luftig. Drikker bra nå. Vil nok bli bedre, men dette er ikke en 30-års vin. Kanskje mest en Bordeaux for de som foretrekker den litt mer asketiske stilen som distriktet var kjent for før 80-tallet. (3100 views)
 Tasted by capacious on 1/11/2014 & rated 93 points: We all loved this bottle, which we PNP following a 2004 Poggione at Segreto in Boca- excellent restaurant BTW. nicely balanced with near silky tannins, leather, chocolate, the best of tobacco, aromatic woods, perhaps? expect another decade if i can keep hands off while waiting on the usually slower vintages to come around. Why did we drink three bottles within a month? Because I was able to buy a case recently from a restaurant that had over purchased near our winter home and we got stuck in Florida by bad weather. Couldn't I have bought more wine locally? Yes but its dangerous for me to walk into a wine store. (3612 views)
 Tasted by capacious on 12/19/2013 & rated 92 points: First of this case we have opened. Young with much promise. Good complex balance between fruit and tannins. Wouldn't call them silky but certainly smooth, with rewarding finish. (2963 views)
 Tasted by peterchoy on 12/14/2013 & rated 91 points: Appearance: Clear with deep ruby color, the rims is starting to fade and turn garnet, with legs.
Nose: Clean, with medium (+) intensity aromas, showing maturity notes of savory and mushroom, animal notes like leather, black fruit such as blackberry and bramble, mineral notes of earth, kernel notes of chocolate, oak notes of cedar and smoke, sweet spice of cloves. The wine is developing.
Palate: Dry with medium acidity, the wine has medium tannin which is ripe and silky. With medium alcohol level, it has medium (+) body, showing medium (+) intensity flavors of black fruit such as dark cherries and blackberry, oak notes of cedar, sweet spice of cloves. The wine has a long finish.
Conclusion: Very good quality Pauillac with good intensity on the nose, showing complex characters and good development, while still retaining good fruit notes. On the palate the wine is in good balance and having an elegant structure, with silky tannin accompanying good concentration in flavors. The finish is exceptionally long as well. Ready to drink now, the wine can further develop for another 3-5 years. (2799 views)
 Tasted by robertek on 9/28/2013 & rated 91 points: Good solid, likeable Pauillac that is coming into its prime:) I like the 04 right now. (3756 views)
 Tasted by ThMeyer on 8/20/2013 & rated 91 points: I'd say this bottle was close to its peak. Tannins still present but well integrated. Liked it a lot. (3699 views)
 Tasted by boreddoughboy on 8/8/2013 & rated 91 points: Fresh fruit nose. Initial flavor of mild leather and pencil lead transforming into chocolate. Tannins still showing some balls. Would score higher but there is some dilution on the mid palate. (3130 views)
 Tasted by chatters on 8/3/2013: medium plus intensity aromas of bramble, black currant, touches of beetroot and tomato leaf, cedar and slight biscuit. IN the mouth the wine is initially savoury, brambly black fruit with a touch of unripeness followed by slightly tart acidity and find, muted, and moderately unripe tannin. After about three hours it started to put on body weight, which is the second time I've experienced this phenomena with this wine. Hmm (2885 views)
 Tasted by Alpha L on 6/28/2013 & rated 90 points: We had this at a Chaine des Rotisseurs wine dinner at Café Society in Memphis. It was dark red with a nose of blackberry, blueberry, leather, smoke and herbs. It was medium bodied with good legs. The same flavors along with cassis, a little earth-(soil & mushroom) predominated through back palate and the finish was mid length. This was a very nice Paulilic. (3341 views)
 Tasted by chatters on 6/2/2013: Ruby. Savoury, leather bramble, slightly meaty, spice, cedar, slight vanilla and cream. More of the same in the mouth, very slight bitterness on the back of the palate otherwise lovely. Initially tasted after a 2 hour decant, later on (4+hours) seemed to gain more body and weight oddly enough. Long finish. Happy I have more. (2901 views)
 Tasted by DonalOB on 5/29/2013 & rated 90 points: Lynch Bages Dinner (Grand Hyatt Hong Kong): Already a rim. Spiced blackcurrant and with leather emerging. Tannins quite present still but easily drinkable as rather soft. Lowish acidity and ok length. (1937 views)
 Tasted by Steven De Tollenaere on 5/2/2013 & rated 88 points: Wine closed. Little fruit, no real secondary aroma's. Wait a couple of years? (3034 views)
 Tasted by alion on 3/30/2013 & rated 94 points: 3 hour decant. Rich - which was a surprise given the vintage - complex but fresh wine. Finishes long - also a surprice. Hints of blackfruits, herb, tobacco and mint. For me, perfect, complex, classic, powerful pauillac. Wonderful (3113 views)
 Tasted by wingtam on 2/2/2013 & rated 92 points: smooth, decant 3 hours, mild, classic (3814 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/25/2014)
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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, January 2012
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (9/30/2010)
(Ch Lynch Bages Pauillac Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/17/2009)
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The World of Fine Wine, December 2008, Issue #22
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/16/2006)
(Ch Lynch Bages Pauillac Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2005, IWC Issue #120
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/7/2005)
(Ch Lynch Bages Pauillac Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2008
(Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac) Pure and stony fruit on the nose of this wine, with classic blackcurrant tones and a polished stone-pebble character mingling with notes of exotic fruits and toasty oak. The same style is found on the palate; elegantly polished forest fruits, nicely covered structure, good ripe tannins and a creamy, broad, mouth-filling finish. Very good indeed.  17+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/20/2007)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Cherry nose; soft, cherry, cassis palate with sweet tannins and low acidity; medium finish  90 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/13/2007)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Cassis nose; tight, cassis, menthol palate; medium finish  89 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2006
(Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac) An appealing nose, exotically spiced, with good depth of character. Rather svelte tannins early on to say the least, and a nicely composed, creamy texture. Through the midpalate seems firmer, more traditional, although they are well covered. This could be excellent, but will need to lie in the cellar for some time.  17+ points
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Château Lynch-Bages

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Lynch Bages


BACKGROUND: The wine of Château Lynch-Bages is part of the lineage of the great Pauillac wines. Blended mostly from Cabernet Sauvignon, it combines structure and finesse, elegance and longevity. It is further distinguished by its opulence. Generous right from its youth, it develops more flavours and greater complexity as it matures.

The affirmation of the Lynch-Bages style came with the arrival of Jean-Charles Cazes to head the estate in 1934. An innovative winemaker, emblematic of a new generation of owners willing to break with tradition and taking risks to ensure truly ripe harvests, he was known for often being the last to harvest in Pauillac. From 1945 onwards, the fame of the château emerged thanks to a series of great vintages. Some, despite being considered difficult to grow in Bordeaux, are particularly successful at Lynch-Bages. His wines are characterized by their deep colour, their tannic structure, their controlled concentration and elegant sensuality. The vintages vinified by André Cazes, and after him Jean-Michel Cazes, confirm this trend.

The style of the wines has refined over the years, gaining suppleness and softness, whilst their consistency has been established over time. Then as now, Château Lynch-Bages has been characterised by its extraordinary qualitative homogeneity. Powerful, elegant and open, vintage after vintage, the wine has acquired greater accuracy, adding distinction to the hedonistic character that made its reputation.

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Médoc

Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

Pauillac

Read more detailed information about Pauillac Looking full onto the river from the earliest days, with an important port activity, traces of which go back to ancient times (shipment of bronze as long ago as 2000 B.C.), Pauillac's life has always been intimately linked to the history of wine. Although port activities were at the root of its prosperity, Pauillac had to wait until the eighteenth century when Bordeaux ceased to hold its privileged position to become a wine port. The town then became the natural outlet for the wine production of neighbouring cantons before reaching its zenith in a period when the vineyards were exceptionally prosperous.

The characteristic of the Pauillac terroir is its exceptional relief: the many undulating ridges make it unique morphologically speaking. Highly favourable conditions facilitate the dissection of the layer of gravel. This thin, Garonne gravel from whose very poverty springs great richness, has an extremely effective natural drainage.

With their velvet red colour with a hint of amber, the wines from the Pauillac appellation, full-bodied and rich in tannin, are vigorous. Powerful when young, their aromas of red fruits (black-currant, raspberry) or flowers (violets, roses, irises) melt with the passing of time into a bouquet which is long in the mouth.
Rich and complex, the wines of Pauillac deserve to be laid down for a little longer.

Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)

In order to have the right to the Pauillac appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the commune of Pauillac and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cissac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Sauveur, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

 
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