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 Vintage1980 Label 1 of 133 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Lynch-Bages (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationPauillac

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1990 and 2005 (based on 1 user opinion)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lynch Bages on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.4 pts. and median of 87 pts. in 6 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by senorvino on 1/24/2008 & rated 87 points: so sad to get a solid wine past its peak - lost it until I reorged my "cellar". Very Bordeaux - scents of graphite, cigar box mingling with rose petals. The tannins smoothly delicious, the red fruits a bit lost. Impressive for a 27 yrs old bottle, the colors still violet and the flavors intriguing but too much of it has washed away with the years. (4268 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/29/1996: The bouquet is light and mature and still has the luxurious elements as described in my previous notes. On the palate however the wine is quite tertiary and on the way down. The fruit is gone. No score. (3539 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/26/1993 & rated 87 points: Ruby with a brown edge. Very attractive mature and complex bouquet with luxurious oak. Good balance between sweetness and acidity. There is still some berry fruit; mainly cassis. And although the aftertaste is a bit short, this is a very good wine. (4175 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/5/1988 & rated 86 points: Clear purple red and not extremely dark. Powerful bouquet with liquorice, cassis, tobacco, cigar box and lead pencil. A firm dose of tannin which is powerful as well as supple. Good acidity, cassis, liquorice and luxury oak in the taste. Long aftertaste in perfect harmony with the rest of the wine. Very impressive for the vintage. (4598 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/8/1986 & rated 88 points: Dark purple. The bouquet is closed; light dark fruit, light oak, some liquorice and all in a good combination. Although the wine is a little harsh and tannic, the wine is full bodied and the tannin is promising. The acidity is more than ok. Good bitter in the aftertaste. Amazing for a 1980 wine. (4591 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.

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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