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 Vintage1988 Label 1 of 179 
ProducerChâteau Lynch-Bages (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)206486002594

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2001 and 2013 (based on 49 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lynch Bages on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.1 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 239 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Brad T on 5/30/2015 & rated 96 points: All you need to know about why one ages good Bordeaux is in this bottle. Medium light color with moderate bricking on the edge and without much sediment, this Lynch-Bages initially smelled surprisingly like dried cranberry with light dried floral notes, opening up into robust "old wine cellar" with a few minutes of decanting. The initial impression on the palate offers forest floor, old leather and red currant preserves. With time, it woke up and gained a slightly toasted, almost black tea essence on the finish. The wine remains fresh. Boasting a light body and silky texture, the balance is near perfect. So deft and so elegant for a Lynch Bages that seemed tight and burly when young. While at its peak, this wine could last for years. There is no suggestion of dryness or stewed fruit here that points to any decline. (463 views)
 Tasted by md20 on 5/14/2015 & rated 94 points: Süsser Cabernetduft. Schön gereifter, feiner, klassischer Pauillac mit den typischen animalischen LB-Noten. Im Jahr 1988 wurden im Bordeaux langlebige, aber dafür vielfach kantige Weine erzeugt. Dieser Wein ist jedoch ohne zu dekantieren sehr zugänglich. Ich bin beindruckt und freue mich auf die nächste Flasche! 94/100

Nach Lafite war dies der beste 88er. Dahinter kommen Gruaud, Pontet Canet und Montrose......

Sweet Cabernetnose. Beautifully mature, fine, classic Pauillac with the typical animal LB notes. In 1988 were in Bordeaux durable, but often produces edged wines. However, this wine is without decant very accessible. I am impressed and look forward to the next bottle! 94/100

After Lafite this was the best from 88. Behind come Gruaud, Pontet Canet and Montrose ...... (834 views)
 Tasted by dchain on 5/10/2015 & rated 94 points: Still so young looking, deep ruby. Wonderfully open from the get go, classic Paulliac nose of cassis and tobacco and cedar. Love the freshness that these higher acidity years bring after suitable bottle age. Now it is all is great harmony. Mid weight for a Lynch Bages but in a good way meaning you can enjoy it and drink it with pleasure and it just leaves you wanting more. Worth looking out for given that it is a third the price of the 89/90. (764 views)
 Tasted by mwanasheria on 4/19/2015 & rated 94 points: Nose of black fruit, cassis, chocolate, mint. On the palate elegant tannins, silky texture, elegant not heavy. Great. (1009 views)
 Tasted by redders on 4/5/2015 & rated 92 points: Some maturity. Lovely developed nose, graphite mineral and broad softer fruit. Lovely warmth on the palate, surprisingly rich and velvet mouthfeel. Goofd length. Just edged the Leoville Barton 88 paired with it. (1107 views)
 Tasted by Ex-Ray on 3/25/2015 & rated 95 points: Parker describes this as "old", so I didn't expect much. However, it was almost as good as the '89 Pichon Lalande from last night. This was also dark and opaque, with slight brick at the edges. Pronounced complex aroma of cedar, cassis, black fruits, leather, very similar to Pichon. Perfectly balanced flavors, maybe not quite as concentrated and intense as Pichon, with little tannin left but extremely enjoyable. Won't get any better, so it's time to drink and enjoy!
Ric (1189 views)
 Tasted by conviction buy on 2/18/2015 & rated 87 points: Decanted an hour, deep red with nose pf pencil shaving, cedar but no fruit. Soft tannin but there is no freshness, just wood and some leather. (1220 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 12/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Austere and light with some earthy light blackberry; herbaceous; nice finish. (1864 views)
 Tasted by TexasBob on 12/25/2014 & rated 90 points: Light red with a bit of sediment. Red fruits with Cigarette smoke deep into the nose. Rendolent with smoke, slightly sour raspberries, with a medium body. The smoke (which really surprised me) lasts a very long time into a very long finish. (1523 views)
 Tasted by Englishman's Claret on 11/22/2014: Bought from retail. Cork slightly sunken, fill into the shoulder. Not totally dead - still some pencil and dark fruit but this seemed off. Where should this really sit in the otherwise fantastic line-up of the 85, 86, 89, and 90? (2197 views)
 Tasted by bon vivant on 10/25/2014: Wow hard to believe it's been over 8 years since i had this wine, and looking at my former notes it appears that this time it did not show as well. Simply put the tannins are starting to take over and while they are round and smooth it appears that they are now the most prominent component of this wine. Of course it's hard to make conclusions based on one bottle but my gut feeling is that this is not going to improve much from here. A bottle of the 1985 tonight, while overall more advanced, was also much more balanced and enjoyable to me. (2278 views)
 Tasted by Wine-Strategies on 10/25/2014: Tasted after the 1985 Lynch-Bages, and again, the same latent lactic aroma on the nose. No age (color-wise) to speak of on this very well cared for/stored bottle (cork in perfect condition); aromas are out of the gate, but slowly out of the gate; rising, over the course of half an hour to medium intensity. Bell pepper, graphite, soil, repeat. On the second night, more fruit than place, having added some weight, though only slightly. Medium-bodied, elegant, and in a good place now and for the next 3-4 years. Finished on night 3, by which time it was subtle and faded, though still somewhat enjoyable. recommended

PnP, served non-blind. (2862 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 6/27/2014 & rated 94 points: From a bottle personally purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion, this wine was double-decanted and presented to our tasting group in double-blind fashion. Deep garnet and throwing a heavy sediment, it has a nose which is intensely expressive within 30 minutes. Kirsch, plums, allspice, leather and cedar aromas precede a full-bodied, moderately tannic palate with medium acidity, nicely integrated alcohol (12.5%) and flavors which mirror the nose. Building on the mid-palate, it concludes with a lengthy finish which shows some tannic grip. Beautifully balanced and delightfully drinkable at this point, there is no doubt that well-cellared bottles of this wine will provide pleasure for another decade or more. Drink now-2025. (3006 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 6/7/2014 flawed bottle: Bordeaux 1988 Horizontal Tasting: Tasting note to follow (3016 views)
 Tasted by markelln@bellsouth.net on 4/22/2014 & rated 92 points: Brown Bag Wine Dinner at Two Chefs - Double Blind: Garnet color with medium forming legs, and aromas of eucalyotus, black currant, violet, and cedar. It's balanced and has flavors of black currant and licorice anise with a medium body Satin-like texture with a medium finish. David's wine, fooled us. (2931 views)
 Tasted by Wein Auslesen on 4/4/2014 & rated 88 points: 88 Degu 3.5h offen in der Karaffe und immer noch verschlossen. Ein Langstreckenläufer dem kein Alter angemerkt wird. Wenn dieser Wein offen ist, dann geht die Post ab.....

Super Nase. Leichte Fruchttöne, mineralisch, Zedernholz, leider im Gaumen am Ende abgeschnitten. (2816 views)
 Tasted by TexasBob on 3/21/2014 & rated 92 points: Good deep crimson red under the light with just the slightest hint of brown pigment at the edge. Light cigar smoke on the nose along with a mixture of mulled red and black fruits. Very light, almost fatty, presence on the tongue, yet the tannins are quite firm. Lovely raspberries, white pepper, and a bit of blackberry at the mid-palate.

A bit of tobacco throughout with Cigar on the finish mixed with red fruits. The finish lingers quite a while. Overall, quite nice, but not the greatest QPR. (2863 views)
 Tasted by rcg62 on 2/16/2014 & rated 90 points: Rich nose, but maybe too much plum, almost prune. Drinking okay and the color is excellent. Didnt love this one but it improved as must wore off -- thought maybe it was flawed but decanting helps! (2347 views)
 Tasted by UTPK on 1/23/2014: Very classy nose, fully mature but with good tension and lift. Palate was however a bit hollow and rode on the acidity instead of fruit. Perfect provenence. (2808 views)
 Tasted by Life is good on 12/24/2013 & rated 94 points: Outstanding bottle of wine. Had saved it for special occasion and it did not disappoint. (2724 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 12/15/2013 & rated 94 points: Rubber; chocolate and licorice; textured; integrated; balanced but a bit tannic on the back so I would give it time. (2654 views)
 Tasted by unrelenting on 12/10/2013 & rated 95 points: Awesome finish. Just peaking now (2520 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 11/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Dark and glowing in colour. Complex nose with sweet fruit, tobacco, spices. Powerful on the palate, nice red and black fruit, round and balanced, fresh, but pretty tannic towards the long and persistent finish. (2170 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 11/19/2013 & rated 94 points: 1988 Red Bordeaux, with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): Finally a 1988 to get excited about and by far the best of the line up along with the Pichon Lalande. Extremely dark colour.. is this a 2005? Spicy, light earthy (the first of the 88s to show an earthy side tonight). Young still but with good weight of fruit, vibrant and complex! Great balanced across good fruit on the mid palate, light leather tones. Tannin is there on the finish but in general this is a very good wine. Lots of life ahead and more ageing will only but help! 93-94+ (2842 views)
 Tasted by JamesTye on 11/12/2013 & rated 94 points: From 750ml. Level was IN, cork was perfect, only soaked 1mm. Decanted and served an hour later at Pied a Terre in London. Colour was a deep, port-like colour. Youthful but not glossy, almost a little cloudy but no brown edges. The nose was a big hit of black fruits, followed by some leather, cigar box and liquorice. The palate was immediately involvling. Lots of tempting ripe fruits, plenty of of acidity, a touch of cedar. Extremely well balanced with completely integrated tannins and a long finish.
This was a real surpise from LB. I am a fan of '88 vintage on the left bank but this really was a very good example. This is a wine that sung in the glass and didn't exhibit a single hard edge. The rich fruit and tannin were in perfect harmony too. Maybe a lucky bottle (this was a better outing than the last bottle I had in 2012) but this was Lynch Bages on top form. Well worth the wait and one to absolutely enjoy now. (2046 views)
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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, January 2012
(Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/13/2012)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Dark purple red violet color; mature, mushroom, brett, iodine nose; tasty, mature, iodine, light brett, mushroom, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/18/2003)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Reticent minty, herbaceous nose; rich, cedar, cassis palate; medium finish 92+ pts.  92 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.


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Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification


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.


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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