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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 133 
ProducerChâteau Lynch-Bages (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)014100076629, 071570014438, 087000323049, 087000327054, 616773324856, 802236000485

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2027 (based on 211 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 340 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 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 (450 views)
 Tasted by Zinlady on 5/16/2015 & rated 91 points: Had blind with 2000 Gaja Conteissa and 2001 Caymus Special Selection and it was my least favorite. Seemed a bit thin. Will try in a year (1075 views)
 Tasted by Matt Scott on 5/11/2015 & rated 95 points: Decanted for three hours. Of the Lynch Bages pantheon, this is the most backward left-bank chateau from the legendary vintage, and ultimately compelling. Slowly revealing pencil lead, blackberry, raw steak, rose petal and cigar box. The finish sails into any stunning sunset. Fine grained tannins in copious proportions, with a silky edge. So much aristocracy and ageless. Ending with spearmint. Decant or wait a few more years. Drink 2020 -. (1596 views)
 Tasted by markydecker on 5/5/2015 & rated 95 points: My good friend Dr. Jim Montgomery was kind enough to share this at Stoney's. Jaw dropping Bordeaux. Pencil lead, cassis, garrigue, minerality, an absolute killer nose. Could smell this for hours. Still tannic but drinking VERY well. Drink or hold for as long as you like, it's still in its infancy. Thanks Jim! (1955 views)
 Tasted by Charlie Carnes on 4/29/2015 & rated 86 points: Good but not great. The first thoughts are about black and dark red fruit. Then the wine shows some ripeness in a harsher than expected attack. This is nothing like the last bottle. (2456 views)
 Tasted by Ricky99 on 4/3/2015 & rated 93 points: lead pencil, leather notes on nose. sturdy tannins at open... lets see where this goes (3559 views)
 Tasted by JonnyG on 3/30/2015 & rated 94 points: Indisputably in peak form at this point, having watched the gradual evolution. Deep black cherry notes and fine tannins. Lacking a touch in depth, more finesse & elegance. (3728 views)
 Tasted by FamilyLarsson on 3/14/2015 & rated 95 points: En väldigt elegant och komplex Bordeaux i den lite lättare stilen. Mogen mörk och röd frukt, läder, häststall, svampskog, ceder, blyerts och tobak. Väldigt balanserat och elegant med början till första mognadstoner. Men är självklart ett ungt vin med massor av år framför sig. (3393 views)
 Tasted by slapsht007 on 3/14/2015 & rated 95 points: Outstanding. Worthy of the accolades it has received. Beautiful deep garnet color. A little more alcohol to the nose than I expected. Lush with dark berry flavors. Nice fruit but balanced with tannins and acidity. Some anise and a little earth. Long, chewy finish. Very drinkable now, but still a baby. I will have to acquire more. (3801 views)
 Tasted by floridawinedrkr on 3/7/2015 & rated 90 points: Not really my style. On a night filled with big cabs this fell well short to the 2002 bond vecina, 1991 & 2006 Shafer Hillside select, and 1999 Robert Mondavi reserve to kalon as well as the 2008 kistler natelie pinot.
It was week and flabby. Seemed to have no body or length on the finish what so ever. Way to thin and light to me. Not my style. It got lost behind some great wines. (3540 views)
 Tasted by cabber on 2/26/2015 & rated 92 points: Bordeaux 2000: Left Bank v. Right Bank (Manhattan Beach, CA): Softer style than I would have expected. It is a beauty. Still a bit closed. I think this would have benefited from a longer decant or more time in the cellar. (3057 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 2/19/2015 & rated 95 points: Very elegant, polished, soft, full bodied, round and ripe style of Lynch Bages that reminds me of the 1990. it's young, but due to its style, it's already quite charming. (3734 views)
 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 1/16/2015 & rated 95 points: Bordeaux 2000: dégustation horizontale (Restaurant Tandem): Un nez très suave, floral, avec de petits fruits noirs, envoûtant.
Magnifique bouche juteuse aux tanins dodus, combinant élégance et fraicheur, gourmandise, exubérance, nous sommes tous conquis, voici un grand vin! 95-96 pts (4561 views)
 Tasted by Indran Rajendra on 1/11/2015 & rated 97 points: This garnet coloured wine with semi-opaque body is fully mature. Aged aromas of cedar and mushroom are mixed with typical Pauillac lead pencil and also blackcurrant, cherry, cafe au lait and a hint of eucalyptus. The palate is slightly bitter from tannin imbalance and was not as good as another I had 2 months ago. Coravin first pour. Drunk at 17 degrees C. Best after 45 minutes in the decanter. Riedel Bordeaux glasses. (4478 views)
 Tasted by William Kelley on 1/7/2015 & rated 92 points: The 2000 Lynch Bages is a very good wine, and a nice rendition of this estate, falling qualitatively somewhat behind the very best Lynch Bages vintages like 1989 and 1961 (and probably the 2009 in time), but on the other hand outperforming vintages like 1996 and 2005 where Lynch Bages swung and missed. The nose opens up in the decanter with an attractive and youthful melange of blackcurrant, graphite, soil tones, creamy new oak and a hint of incipient cigar tobacco. On the palate, the wine is nicely ripe and properly structured, without quite the heft of the really great vintages here, but with notable buttressing acidity that should make for a long life. This needs another five to ten years in the cellar before it really opens up and the tannins melt away, but there is already a lot to appreciate if you enjoy your claret on the youthful side. (5002 views)
 Tasted by Zinlady on 12/25/2014 & rated 94 points: Decanted fives hours ahead of Christmas dinner. Lovely wine. Not as long of finish as I expected. Classic Lynch Bages (4218 views)
 Tasted by Biroldo on 12/25/2014 & rated 92 points: Lovely wine. Showed well with roast beef. Many years ahead of it. (4746 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 12/17/2014 & rated 94 points: Tasting Group Holiday Party (Lee Road): Great wine, but its best days are still ahead. Going back to it a couple of hours later, it was even better and more opened. The nose has cassis, coffee, tobacco and leather. Intense and concentrated. Nice balance. It is a powerful wine. Loads of fruit, some earthiness and tobacco. Very deep. Long finish. B2K is taking forever to reopen IMO and this is a prime example. Be patient. A real treat to try now though. (4710 views)
 Tasted by Purple Tooth on 12/2/2014 & rated 92 points: I have to say that this wine is quite powerful, but regretfully, a bit hollow in the middle. The nose is fantastic with a graphite profile, the middle is a bit shallow with an austere oak component, but the finish is long and powerful. Back to cellaring this again for a long time, or decanting the shit out of it.....A bit disappointed. (5151 views)
 Tasted by JohnW3 on 11/29/2014 & rated 94 points: Classic Lynch Bages in every respect - nose, palate and finish. Decanted for over an hour and could have used much more. This is still a young wine that should continue to mature into a truly outstanding bottle. (4525 views)
 Tasted by Jpg1111 on 11/28/2014 & rated 95 points: Great nose. Thick (3744 views)
 Tasted by capacious on 11/28/2014 & rated 93 points: Decanted for a day and this is magnificent Paulliac. Lead pencil, leather, bitter dark chocolate, lengthy and well integrated. A classic. (4011 views)
 Tasted by Indran Rajendra on 11/14/2014 & rated 99 points: This garnet hued wine approached perfection. The nose was open and was textbook Pauillac with the characteristic lead pencil nose. Aromas of ripe blackcurrant,black cherries,coffee permeated the glass.The palate was full bodied and elegant. In 2011 Robert Parker rated this wine 97 and felt it would last a further 20-25 years. Drunk in Queenstown with friends. (4270 views)
 Tasted by Wine-Strategies on 10/25/2014 flawed bottle: While there was nothing technically wrong with this, it did come across as thin, almost shrill. It lacked excitement/expressiveness on the nose and palate, even after 10 hours in decanter. A poor cork/seal. Or...the wine exploded and blossomed on day 2 or 3, which is not out of the question, either. Too bad, this is quite the wine when it's on.

note: this followed the 2000 Opus One and fell way, way short of it, so obviously an off bottle. (7193 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 10/17/2014 & rated 97 points: New York Wine Experience Trip; 10/14/2014-10/21/2014 (New York City, NY): Poured ex-château from a bottle provided by Jean-Michel Cazes, this wine (a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot) has aged very little since my last tasting a few years ago. Big, black tarry fruit, graphite, allspice, lavender and bittersweet chocolate are embedded in a full-bodied, freshly acidic, seamlessly alcoholic frame with massive fine-grained tannins. Mouth-coating and solid in the middle, it concludes long and with some tannic grip. Based upon this tasting, I must adjust my suggested drinking window. For those who are holding well-cellared bottles, another decade or more will be necessary. Jean-Michel Cazes thinks that this wine will last until 2064 or beyond. I suspect that he may be correct...my estimate of 2050 is likely conservative. Drink 2024-2050. (7313 views)
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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, January 2012
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/18/2010)
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By Stephen Tanzer
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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.


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


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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