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 Vintage1990 Label 1 of 199 
ProducerChâteau Lynch-Bages (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)0400005643774

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2004 and 2021 (based on 113 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lynch Bages on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.9 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 335 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 7/27/2015 & rated 97 points: Grace, power and elegance, with the structure to continue aging, a nose of tobacco, cigar box, lead pencil, and herbs and a mouth full of fresh, crisp, sweet, blackberries and cassis and soft textures. Drink it or age it further, either way, this is a winner! (287 views)
 Tasted by CharlesHetzel on 6/3/2015 & rated 96 points: Brief note: Decanted three hours before serving. Deep, dark black cigar fruit. Heavy tannins before fruit. This wine needs more time decanted. (1952 views)
 Tasted by Rechrom on 5/27/2015 & rated 95 points: An excellent bottle. Purchased on release and stored in a passive cellar. Cork intact but saturated. Vibrant on the palate, and a beautiful mature red. Lead pencil, smoke, herbs with dark fruit. Clean finish. Does not have the length or the panache to be truly outstanding, but might develop further. Nice balance and should drink well for several more years. (2063 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/16/2015: Decanted one hour and probably needed another but this was showing well and was great with food. Again just short of great for me but excellent full bodied but balanced Bordeaux wine showing dark fruits and earth and is in a great spot right now. A- (1958 views)
 Tasted by emzee.mc on 3/18/2015 & rated 93 points: The wine is popped and decanted for a full day before drinking, courtesy to J. It pours a maroon color with a mahogany edge and thin legs. At 12.5% ABV, I was curious as this is a blockbuster vintage. On the nose, the wine yields a bouquet of potpourri, leather, smoke and copious amounts of truffle. Perhaps it's the age, but the fruit (mostly strawberries and blackberries) is somewhat muted. On the palate, the wine is glazed with glycerin and finely integrated tannins. It is unctuous and silky. Nevertheless, there is a green streak in the wine, and that leads to flavors of peppercorns, cured meats (especially lardo), earth and truffles. Fruit is slightly more apparent here than in the nose. Acidity is quite low. Finish is of medium length, lasting around half a minute. This is a definitely enjoyable bottle; but at this price point, I believe there are better options out there. (eg: Maybach or even Araujo and Bond). (3055 views)
 Tasted by Gabbby on 3/6/2015 & rated 94 points: Side by side with Lynch Bages 82, 90, 95, 01. Always thought that 82 vintage is my favorite Lynch Bages, but this 90 vintage opened up after 2 hours that is an amazing wine that is a rich, complex full body wine with good layers of fruit and texture. (2865 views)
 Tasted by Purple Tooth on 2/28/2015 & rated 96 points: This bottle was at the height of the arch. Screaming earth, leather, dried flowers and antique shop with perfect sweetness to balance the very serious act. Mature, soft, glycerin bodied, and still very long.. (2244 views)
 Tasted by LJT on 2/14/2015 & rated 95 points: Aged Bordeaux taste and bouquet. Long aftertaste. No need to wait longer, but it will last five to ten years. (2371 views)
 Tasted by tinybubbles on 1/21/2015 & rated 93 points: This is the lowest I've rated this wine in the last 5 years, something I attribute more to this individual bottle than where the wine is right now. Bold nose of dark fruits and berries, light tar, cedar, white pepper, graphite, and rosemary. Tannins have settled down considerably and are now well integrated. However, the palate, while very good, was not up to the standards that this wine has set for me in the past, and thus will need to give it another try soon. This bottle had a noticeably softer cork than others from my cellar which may have been a factor in its performance. Decanted for 30 minutes and then consumed over 1.5 hours. (2972 views)
 Tasted by Marc on 1/1/2015 & rated 94 points: New Year's Day, 2015 with Chris and John, Marc and Justine, Lottie and Moss (Eketahuna, New Zealand): Stunning Pauillac nose - classic cigar box and textbook pencil shavings. Lovely oak integration and supple texture. This has a lovely cool spice element to the palate that adds wonderful definition and lifted this wine above the Cos 1990 drunk at the same time. Great ripeness levels and a long and satisfying finish make for an outstanding wine. Ready now but still young. (2613 views)
 Tasted by jww on 12/24/2014 & rated 90 points: Excellent wine dark color still has fresh fruit with leather and flint flavors still a tannic finish but overall very enjoyable (2427 views)
 Tasted by hongkongtom on 12/10/2014 & rated 94 points: Jean-Charles Cazes had been through the Cave the day before and recommended the 1989 and 1990 from the years we had available. This did not disappoint, silky, smoky, dark fruit, fresh and very nicely balanced. (2881 views)
 Tasted by winemaker on 11/25/2014 & rated 96 points: Really excellent wine, but not quite as good as the '89. (2871 views)
 Tasted by SteelerFan on 11/9/2014 & rated 91 points: Smooth and round. Good fruit but not as much structure as I remember. Perhaps fading just a little? (2424 views)
 Tasted by Claret & CdP Gang on 11/9/2014 & rated 98 points: 1990 lynch bages
Color: still dark, wow
Nose: very pure, crystaline, complex, monumental tour de force of terroir & wine making
Palate: perfect bottle, this is a stupendous wine! Powerful with ballerina moves, a great Lynch & a pleasure to enjoy it in the company of great friends, in my opinion the WOTN (2899 views)
 Tasted by coremill on 11/6/2014 & rated 90 points: Dunn Comparative Cabernet Tasting (Chez John Morris): Served double-blind, I guessed a 1991 Napa valley floor cab. Intense, powerfully pure casis/raspbery fruit that turns darker and more graphitey and smokier/cigarish with air. The fruit in the mouth is superripe, bordering on overripe, and it's dense and thick and lush and a bit glossy and slick, a giant smooth round ball of smokey black fruit. Low-acid, the concentration and suave tannin character is impressive but it's not that complex and it's oddly a bit short on the finish. This is rather modern and 1990ish in style. I preferred the Dunn. (2818 views)
 Tasted by scott w on 11/2/2014 & rated 94 points: Drinking very well tonight, earth, tobacco, dark fruit, leather, black tea, really opened up after an hour in the glass and showed some freshness plum with a hint of red fruit and pencil lead. Soft and round in a good way, silky nicely balanced acid and tannin. (2328 views)
 Tasted by kidsmurf2000 on 10/25/2014 & rated 96 points: fantastic aged classic Bordeaux... Drink up now. (2031 views)
 Tasted by no leashes on 10/6/2014 & rated 93 points: Delicious fully mature bordeaux. (2142 views)
 Tasted by amred on 8/21/2014 & rated 94 points: Still drinking perfectly. Classic aged Bordeaux, with incredible smoothness and balance, essence of lead pencil and leather, with soft tannins and dark fruit. Wish I had cases. While not quite up to some of the first growths, incredibly close. (3168 views)
 Tasted by MikeZ on 7/10/2014: Excellent. Not as decadent as the '89 with more structure. In a good place now for drinking. (3779 views)
 Tasted by tbuysse on 7/8/2014 & rated 96 points: Tasted yesterday in Paris with JM Cazes. Big, elegant, hedonistic wine. I would not really agree that one should wait for many years to come. Excellent drinking window now. Perfume of stable, pure terroir, truffles, Porto, tobacco, leather and dark red fruits explodes on the nose. Our table was 50 – 50 divided whether this would surpass the 2000 in the long haul. Not worth the discussion. Both are legends and MUST haves for any serious Bordeaux fan. Incredible quality! (3639 views)
 Tasted by Goldstone on 7/5/2014 & rated 95 points: Shane's Birthday Dinner (Otto e Mezzo, Alexandra House, Central, Hong Kong): Still a touch of purple, translucent just about. Nose is sweaty, damp saddle, sweaty horse, wet ferns and lots of sous bois. Palate is beautiful poised and harmonic integration of white mushroom , bramble fruit, autumn mists in an oak forest....stunning. Quite belly-filling. Still a puppy. Lacked the finesse of the preceding 1985 Burgundy. But a real treat and it showed brilliantly tonight, although I still prefer the 1989. Interestingly, this got totally and unanimously blown out of the water by the Ch. Montrose 1990 we drank the following evening in the same company. (3131 views)
 Tasted by KR66 on 6/28/2014 & rated 94 points: Opulent, lush, rich and punchy, but also a velvety texture, full of sweet fruits, cassis and roasted-Cabernet Franc-herbs, licorice. Long finish with a strong tanninic core. What a joy to drink this hedonistic beauty now (after some hours decant). But for the full enjoyment, wait ten more years. A very great wine with its best yet to come. 94++. (3347 views)
 Tasted by dcwino on 6/24/2014 & rated 94 points: BYOB dinner with Jamie Pollack (Bourbon Steak): Ripe black fruits, cassis, lead pencil, a hint of cedar and earth. Excellent concentration, ripe black fruit driven palate impression, nicely integrated tannins and good length. Served next to the 90 VCC and the 86 PLL, the nose seems a bit one dimensional for me. (3456 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Hong Kong Killers (2/5/2010)
(Lynch Bages) The 1990 Lynch Bages was all about the coffee as well, more grinds than fresh brew. There was a powdery edge to the nose, and hints of animal and green bean lingered. The palate was rich, but the finish was softer, especially once I considered what it was later on. There was a touch of a synthetic quality to its flavors, and it was exotic in its cinnamon and cedar (93).  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/17/2010)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Dark red violet color; nice tobacco, tart black fruit nose; mature, tobacco, tart black fruit, plum, graphite, herbal palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/13/2008)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Dark garnet red color; very mature, plum and dried shitake mushroom nose; tangy, black fruit and beef jus palate with coffee edges; medium-plus finish  89 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/18/2007)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Dark red violet color; rye, leather and mushroom nose; mature, tangy, roasted fruit, leather and porcini mushroom palate; medium finish  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/8/2007)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Restrained tart plum, earthy, mushroom nose; soft, tasty, plum and black fruit palate; medium-plus finish  93 points
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (5/3/2006)
(Lynch Bages) This was one sexy beast. Lush and ripe with tremendous freshness and tons of fruit. Just class in a glass. Phenomenal.
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, A Mega 1990 Bordeaux Tasting with Clive (3/21/2005)
(Lynch Bages) another weird, chemical nose, a fact that struck me on the last two bottles of 1989 that I have had as well, both within the last two months. Hmmmm. Ray noted the .acetone. as I mentioned rubbing alcohol, but it did blow off a bit with some extra aeration into the typical, beefy, cedary, meaty and tobacco driven nose. The wine got chunky and almost chocolaty, but the palate seemed atypically soft on the palate, which Clive called .low acidity.. He gave it 17/20, and I gave it  92 points
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Château Lynch-Bages

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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.

1990 Château Lynch-Bages

Blend: 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 13%
Acidity: 4.7 g/l

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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