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 Vintage1987 Label 1 of 177 
ProducerChâteau Lynch-Bages (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1996 and 2007 (based on 2 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lynch Bages on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.1 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 12 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Sheila62 on 5/11/2014: Good aged bordeaux. Cedar, tobacco, dirt, dark fruits. Enjoyable at the dinner table with a northern african spiced lamb (1468 views)
 Tasted by Average Wine Guy (MH) on 1/27/2014 flawed bottle: Cork completely dried out. The nose is still pretty decent but the palate was plain sour and sadly unpleasant..
A wine that unfortunately didn't make its way here today. (1700 views)
 Tasted by Chriskrueger on 11/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Fabulous, aged Claret nose though the taste was clearly past it's prime. Tobacco, cedar, and perhaps some cassis. Still an interesting bottle (1921 views)
 Tasted by Trickyone on 6/8/2012: Opened more or less on a whim--not decanted. In order to avoid sediment, I carefully placed the bottle in a decanting cradle and poured glasses directly from that.
I recalled this being one of the better wines made in Bordeaux that year and it held up pretty well. The first impression was of prickly tannins and slightly stewed fruit. A little more time and a few more swirls of the glass eliminated any unpleasantness within about 5 minutes. The moderate alcohol (under 13%) allowed a few hints of chocolate to come through. A mellow drink to be sure.
It peaked after around 15 minutes in the glass. The color showed a little browning toward the rim (expected after 25 years from a decent-but-not-good year). Some of the leathery characteristics found in pleasant abundance in a recently consumed bottle of the '85 Lynch-Bages were there, but this '87 was definitely beginning to dry out. The finish was good but short relative to mature wines of better vintages. I'm glad I opened this one, because it certainly wasn't going to improve with more bottle age. (3762 views)
 Tasted by dcasper on 6/2/2011 & rated 83 points: Flat. Had a hint of what was once a great wine. The nose was pure Pauillac, but it never came through. I waited too long... (4497 views)
 Tasted by lewijijones on 12/11/2010: 90
Sound wine, lacking fruit one hour after decanting.
Not tannic.
Great surprise, bad press, decent wine. (3612 views)
 Tasted by Rhewins on 9/7/2010: really nice, held up well. 88 (3498 views)
 Tasted by NomadicEntrepreneur on 12/12/2009 & rated 91 points: tabacco, leather nose. subtle tannins, smooth. limited structure (3743 views)
 Tasted by ggmama on 10/20/2008: Disappointing. Though it had elements of a mature lynch-bages bordeaux, the after-taste was flat and disappointing. Perhaps the wine got damages in the flight back from France last summer. (2860 views)
 Tasted by Tao on 12/28/2004 & rated 90 points: Well well well.........Here it is, what a steal! The RP score is only 82 and I bought the wine in bargain because of the score, the tasting itself is a real gem there, a balancing effort by the wine maker, the amount of fruit is just right and never dry-out over courses of the meal (around 3 hours), sweet fruit and medium body, love to recall another bottle again, splendid! (3284 views)
 Tasted by bestdamncab on 4/28/1990 & rated 85 points: Tasting 8 1987 Bordeaux with Andre Fournier at Primas. peppey, rich nose, elegant, viscous mouth feel of rich, medium/big body of fruit, definitely merlot, great finish and aftertaste. My #2. (298 views)

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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, January 2012
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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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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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