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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 177 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Lynch-Bages (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationPauillac
UPC Code(s)087000335547, 3760020131661, 766592001145

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2030 (based on 84 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lynch Bages on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 106 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 6/28/2015 & rated 94 points: Cigar box, tobacco, cassis and cedar notes are the first thing you notice. Ripe tannins and freshness, with good volume, richness and depth, which is still quite young. Give this at least a few hours of air, or let it age for another 8-10 years. (665 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 6/6/2015 & rated 95 points: During a tasting event. Dark purple. Discrete nose of cassis, deep and dark brooding fruit with pine and foresty notes, very clean and youthful. On the palate very tightly knit but after 1h showing soft tannis of excellent quality. A really great package here, best quality Pauillac. Decant for 1h or better wait another 3 years. (1508 views)
 Tasted by Goldstone on 5/9/2015: Minimal decant but a day at warm room temperature. No detailed notes because it was an aftherthought to accompany a Cuban cigar at the end of of super evening - succulent, primary but approachable. (2179 views)
 Tasted by Grb040 on 4/25/2015 & rated 92 points: Heart's Delight Bordeaux Master Class (Omni Hotel and Resort Washington DC): fruiter nose than the 12 (2375 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 2/12/2015 & rated 93 points: Not much to add to PanosKakaviatos' note. Powerful and big, tannic and slightly drying, not lean of course, but lacking a bit of finesse and even balance and depth which the Pichon Baron or the two St Estephe were displaying. Needs more time to show its hand. 92-93+(+) (3127 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 2/12/2015 & rated 91 points: 2005 Red Bordeaux with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): DArk in colour. Youthfull glossy. The nose starts with some mocha/coffee notes. Dark fruits. Once again a very young wine but the tannin is very much on the foreground and in a way dominate the wine. Powerfull, mascular and a bit pushing on overextracted. Like most of the 2005s we tried it needs time to develop. We expected a bit more though. 91-92 for now from us but will imporved we think/hope with time. (3731 views)
 Tasted by PanosKakaviatos on 1/29/2015 & rated 93 points: Bordeaux 2005 : Ten years on (Bordeaux Index London): Fuller bodied than GPL, yet somewhat more noticeable extraction – it seems that the GPL has more juiciness by comparison. Raw power, yes. Concentration and mid palate expansiveness, but the finish is somewhat drying by comparison. Wait and see as Lynch Bages proves its muster down the road. (4146 views)
 Tasted by InflationHedge on 1/1/2015 & rated 91 points: A very nice wine, but not complexity of some of the 05 bordeaux comperables. (2990 views)
 Tasted by Wine Canuck on 12/22/2014: (LCBO Tasting Bar Sample) Pours very deep and inky. As expected this is still quite closed. The nose is of dark cherries in syrup, cassis, blackberry, pencil shavings, cedar, pine, ink, animal fur, wet green pine needles, seaweed and light hints of seared meats. The palate is dense, ripe and concentrated. High tannins and fairly low acid acid come across on the palate. The finish is medium plus in length today with copious minerality replaying post-consumption. Certainly this wine's best days are ahead of it. Not rated today but it should land somewhere in the mid 90's. All the pieces are there for a great wine to come together, but please don't touch this wine for at least 10 years. (3078 views)
 Tasted by cephomer on 12/9/2014 & rated 91 points: Westchester Wine School - Premium Wine Tasting (Bar Lees, Mamaroneck, NY): Drank at WWS tasting to close out the Fall season. Drank with a 1996 LB from my cellar. Dark ruby color. Nose pretty much closed--perhaps some coffee/espresso. Very tight, firm tannins, dark fruit, some lead pencil, some espresso. Clearly a fine, well-structured wine, but very much in its dumb phase presently. Very hard to draw much out of this wine, either due to its youth, its brief time in the decanter, or a combo of both, especially when compared to the excellent, quite lovely 1996. I wouldn't touch this wine again for at least 5 years. (2612 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 10/25/2014 & rated 90 points: K&L's Grand Bordeaux Tasting (K&L Wine Merchants, Redwood City, California): Rich nose with a nice balance of red fruits (B++/A-). Medium density on the palate (B+/B++), (3342 views)
 Tasted by winophile on 6/22/2014 & rated 93 points: Dark purple; mint, wood, terroir nose; mid-body; balanced; deep fruit; long rich finish. w/tri tip (4854 views)
 Tasted by dowyong on 4/23/2014 & rated 93 points: Just coming into drinking window. Still displaying more primary notes, dark fruit, plums. Mouthful of silkiness, with a long finish. (2634 views)
 Tasted by petitblanc on 10/20/2013: La Fête du Bordeaux - 2011 Vintage (Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, Chicago): A little light in the glass. Rusty iron on the nose, light on the palate, very ample tannins, touch of heat. This doesn't show the stuffing to age. Perfect provenance, pop and pour, I would have liked to try this with more air. Not scored. (8876 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 10/9/2013 & rated 95 points: Drank at Davy's
This bottle was much more open and had great depth. (7666 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 9/4/2013 & rated 92 points: Drank in London
Still asleep but I think this will wake up soon and when it does it will be incredible. Will keep coming back to see the development. (7897 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 7/24/2013 & rated 92 points: Drank at Davy's
As per the other notes this is still quite closed and is not giving away much yet. Give it another couple of years. (8384 views)
 Tasted by mukden on 6/17/2013 & rated 91 points: YES. so, i agree with what most of the notes are saying. This is deep purple, silky with some blackberry but it sticks you as bring numb, like it will break out in time but for now it is a sullen giant. Unless, you have a lot of it, I would wait 2-3 years before trying it. But, even now, you know this is a really good wine. (7845 views)
 Tasted by longhorncab on 6/1/2013: GS Club (5210 views)
 Tasted by Pointus on 5/18/2013 & rated 95 points: Very nice, but still quite tannic and tight. (5211 views)
 Tasted by Tavastgatan on 1/5/2013 & rated 92 points: Hard to rate such a young wine. It could easily be 95 in ten years time. Right now it's just an unpolished gem. (7257 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/15/2012 & rated 94 points: Beautiful and classical Pauillac bouquet with a lot of cassis and other dark forest fruits and graphite. Luxurious oak, smoke and cedar. On the palate a concentrated wine with beautiful acidity, some pleasant sweetness and tannin with a good bite. A really beautiful wine, but wait at least until 2017 or 2018 or even longer. 94+ for tonight. (2122 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 12/3/2012 & rated 95 points: Tight, tannic and not showing its complete array of charm and complexity, this is not a lot of fun to drink today. I'd wait at least a decade before popping a bottle. (7335 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 9/20/2012 & rated 94 points: Very youthful and tannic. Supercharged, long. Will be great in a couple of years time. (4127 views)
 Tasted by Enjoy_Now_Collect_Later on 5/20/2012 & rated 83 points: Perhaps too young. A bit earthy and acidic. (9716 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/29/2015)
(Ch Lynch Bages Pauillac Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, January 2012
(Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/18/2009)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/31/2008)
(Ch Lynch Bages Pauillac Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138
(Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac) Subscribe to see review text.
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (12/10/2007)
(Ch Lynch Bages Pauillac Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/12/2006)
(Ch Lynch Bages Pauillac Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2009
(Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac) Deep, slightly smoky, rather dusty dried red-fruit character here. Perfumed too, fairly bright and lifted. A gently composed palate, elegant, with a gentle presence of fruit, good structure beneath, perhaps a slight coarseness to it but the tannins are at least ripe. Soft but with grip, slightly prominent alcohol at one point, and a touch of heat too, but there are certainly some good points here. It would be good to reassess in a few years to see where this goes; I suspect it will be very good though.  16.5-17+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/18/2008)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Medium red violet color; cassis and tobacco nose; tasty but lean cassis and plum palate, solid tannins, but lacks complexity; medium finish  90 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/13/2008)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Dark red garnet color; lovely, fragrant, cassis nose; lean on fruit, solid tannins, balanced and structured; medium finish  90 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2007
(Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac) This has a slightly smoky nose, with a wealth of pure, nicely directed, quite fine fruit. There is a similarly high quality of dense but nicely composed fruit on the palate, with well covered tannins at the core, which show through a little on the midpalate. It has a rather large, chewy style, belying its big, structured character. But there is a decent frame of acidity too. Very good indeed, with fine potential.  17.5+ 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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