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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 410 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Lynch-Bages (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationPauillac
UPC Code(s)014100076629, 071570014438, 087000323049, 087000327054, 204022504342, 3760020130848, 616773324856, 802236000485

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2027 (based on 223 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lynch Bages on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.2 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 373 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Neuman on 1/3/2016 & rated 94 points: takes an hour to start opening up. went from #3 with '05 clos apalta and 2001 Insignia to a top pick. (3544 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 1/1/2016 & rated 93 points: Dark core, garnet rim; dusty, earthy, mushroom, stewed fruit, clay, green pepper, some funk, cigar, darker fruit; soft palate, dark fruit, blackberry, plum; very nice but lacking a little balance and some nobility, good now but I think it needs 5 more years; 93+. (696 views)
 Tasted by KenPlace on 12/25/2015 & rated 91 points: Decanted for 2 hours. Somewhat closed. Good structure ,smooth, but still young. (3430 views)
 Tasted by SMG on 12/25/2015 & rated 92 points: Was pretty closed at this point. (3406 views)
 Tasted by PeterH on 12/18/2015 & rated 97 points: Wow. Amazing juice. hold or drink and if you drink you're gonna like! (4259 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 12/13/2015 & rated 92 points: Drank at Otto's
Nose of earth, graphite and dark berries. Complex rich palate. (4110 views)
 Tasted by COMUS-ONE on 11/23/2015 & rated 92 points: Great Pauillac nose of damp earth with lead pencil but with big and rich red and black cherry. Powerful and robust on the palate but already quite approachable. Hints of vanilla extract in the juicy red fruits. Guessed Lynch in a single blind 2000 line up. (3814 views)
 Tasted by JC Cab on 11/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Soft nose of black fruit, pencil lead and cassis. Initial earthiness retreated with an hour of decanting. Blackberry, black tea and toasted oak, medium + but ripe tannins. Firm acidity and long finish. Still evolving. (3523 views)
 Tasted by T.E.D. on 11/19/2015 & rated 91 points: U Club Joy Of Wine Dinner. Very tight and closed nose, just hints of dark fruit, stone fruit and dry earth. Palate was also very closed down with austere red fruit, and some lead. Tough to score and write an in depth nose. (3622 views)
 Tasted by Pknut on 11/16/2015: Cassis nose with hint of Bordeaux funk. Very rich on the attack. Currant and cassis, tannins breaking down, sandy texture. I really like this. David gets brown sugar. Soft, smooth, giving texture. With air, blue fruit, smooth texture. Almost liqueur-like blue fruit, weightless palate. There is a plush luxuriousness, but in a very refined, balanced way, that I find across the 2000 vintage. At 15 years, this is smooth and delicious and classy and rich and very satisfying. Bought on release, first bottle I've opened. Racines. (3647 views)
 Tasted by Ispendtoomuchmoneyonwine on 11/12/2015 & rated 91 points: Decanted a little more than 2 1/2 hours. Excellent but this bottle was very primary. Red at the rim. Cherry, plumbs, nose is rather subdued. Smooth on the palate and it really is lovely but my ascertation for this bottle is "not ready". What it evolves into remains to be seen. I have had the 89 at the same age of 15 years old. The 1989 Lynch Bages blows this 2000 Lynch Bages away. (3501 views)
 Tasted by DrinkBordeaux on 11/4/2015 & rated 95 points: A Margaux & Pauillac tasting (Wine Watch, Fort Lauderdale, Florida): Simply a great wine. Lots of layers, with cherry, tobacco, pencil shavings, and cigar box. Nice balance of power and elegance. Has serious grip. A fantastic finish. No bitterness and acidity is where it should be. (3042 views)
 Tasted by acyso on 10/29/2015 & rated 93 points: Annual Comparative Bordeaux Tasting (2000/2005) (Chicago, IL): This is a perennial favourite of mine, and tonight was no exception. A very pronounced note of green pepper on the nose. This was fantastically light and elegant, with beautiful perfumed aromatics. Lots of bright acids keeps this a real fresh bottle of Bordeaux. Drinking really well now. (3784 views)
 Tasted by Wine_Bear on 10/29/2015 & rated 95 points: opened 1 hour in advance; needs more; Lovely, develops in the glass. lots of life left. (3496 views)
 Tasted by nwebstar on 10/12/2015 & rated 95 points: Wine in outstanding condition - so fresh and bright still. Decantered for 1.5hrs. Was everyone's clear WOTN. Superb balance, structure and length. Deep fruit and cassis with a savoury tobacco edge. Still seemed young. (3828 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 9/29/2015 & rated 95 points: At Union Square Cafe w/Greg P. Decanted for about 30 minutes, drank over 90 minutes. Drank next to a '97 Spottswoode

Dark color, no signs of age. Nose is dark berries, leather, coffee grounds. Palate is classic Paullac/Bdx...great soft core of fruit. Red and dark fruits, earth, floral. Tannins are soft and integrated. Lynch Bages is a classic Bordeaux wine, this from a stellar vintage. Held togther beautifully for a 15 year old wine, elegant and still powerful. Seems to be moving into its prime drinking window. My guess is it will hold at this level for another 7-10 years (4643 views)
 Tasted by Andrew H on 9/13/2015 & rated 93 points: Medium-deep red with legs. Sour cherry, leather, pencil shaving, sous bois. Mild tannins, room to keep aging but already enjoyable. (4693 views)
 Tasted by dream on 9/3/2015 & rated 93 points: Deep dark color. Smooth nose of blackberries and graphite minerals. A deep intense earthy Bordeaux with a silky smoothness and a full middle. The finish is crunchy with grippy tannins and the classic 2000 grit along with a wonderful graphite flavor. Still needs lots of time but this is a great vintage of Lynch Bages in the making. 93+ (4833 views)
 Tasted by fdub on 8/21/2015 & rated 94 points: Drinking great. At Press with steaks. Deep and rich with very savory elements. (5052 views)
 Tasted by antkorbel on 8/6/2015 & rated 92 points: Lovely wine, which for my tastes is right in its drinking window. For a 15 year old wine it's held it's held together well, and the tannins have softened to reveal a lovely core of fruit. The nose shows some lovely old leather characterics, but contrasts with the freshness of the palate. Pretty good. (4500 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 8/1/2015 & rated 96 points: Reinterpreted Paris Tasting 'Best Bottle Circle' Style (Emmen, Switzerland): Still dark in color. Nose shows coffee, chocolate and sweet berries. Hints of tar are also present. Very balanced and elegant. Lots of power and enormous length. A true classical Bordeaux beauty which is now at the beginning of a very long drinking window. Amazing... (4841 views)
 Tasted by Tony T on 7/26/2015 & rated 95 points: What a fantastic bottle of wine! Very elegant and definitely close to its peak condition. Took a while to open up, so decanting for about two hours before serving is a good idea. My only regret is that this was my last bottle. A memorable experience! (4291 views)
 Tasted by lhillberg on 6/20/2015 & rated 95 points: i was going to splurge for Father's Day, but good fortune brought some wine drinking friends to the house the day before. We cooked up some filets (very nice) and had this. This is a great example of Bordeaux which I guess is why Lynch Bages is so valued by wine enthusiasts. Opened the bottle two hours before drinking, decanted using a vinum and could tell immediately that this was going to be a nice wine. The nose was deep with fruit, dried berries and a bit of earth. The first taste two hours later was smooth, tannins were soft, acid/fruit balance was great and the finish was long and satisfying, giving nice fruit to the end. I would think this wine will be superb for at least 10 more years, and may improve a bit. However it is a great wine right now. (4748 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 6/13/2015 flawed bottle: Time to Taste 2000 Bordeaux (R&D's): Black fruit and floral notes with a hint of TCA lurking underneath. The first sip features currants, cassis and florals with a lengthy finish. Sadly, the TCA became more apparent as the night wore on. What a shame as there really was some nice fruit underneath.

My #8, Domino's #8
Group #8, 80 pts (5058 views)
 Tasted by MWiking on 5/23/2015 & rated 97 points: Doft av blöt tobak, väldigt djup doft, ciggarlåda, stall och ganska rökig. Mörk frukt, rätt balancerad trots sin ungdom.

Smak av läder syrlig frukt, röda vinbär, höstskog och mull.
Riktigt riktigt bra!
verkligen min typ av vin. skrev 98-100 poäng här tidigt på kvällen på doften och aningen lägre på smaken. Ett mästervin (5565 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, January 2012
(Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac) Subscribe to see review text.
The World of Fine Wine, September 2010, Issue #29
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/18/2010)
(Ch Lynch Bages Pauillac Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/20/2005)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/16/2003)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2002, IWC Issue #102
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/17/2010)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Opaque black red violet color; coffee, espresso, berry, blackberry nose; a little tight yet, coffee, black fruit, blackberry palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/22/2008)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Very dark red violet color; Bordeaux, pencil lead and plum nose; good tart plum cassis, lead pencil and black fruit palate; medium-plus finish  94 points
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (5/3/2006)
(Lynch Bages) This was very very closed on the nose. I actually didn't smell anything. I swirled and swirled but could not really coax anything. It was the end of the bottle too. The palate was tight but I got more out of that than the nose. Somewhat fleshy with dark concentrated fruit, nice acids and some pretty clamby tannins. The fruit though extended on the finish. It was sweet, classy and very nice. Do not open for at least five years.
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (10/4/2004)
(Lynch Bages) This was completely closed down. Hint of earth and mineral on the pretty ungiving nose. Dense and ripe with great fruit. Long, long, long but also tannic, tannic, tannic. Incredible underlying material but very tough to taste today.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/15/2003)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Nice berry, herbaceous nose; concentrated, berry, coffee palate with firm tannic backbone; medium-plus finish  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/5/2003)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Subtle but good berry nose; lovely, layered, concentrated, blackberry, blueberry, coffee palate; long finish  94 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.

2000 Château Lynch-Bages

The estate vineyard composition is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.

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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