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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 180 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Lynch-Bages (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationPauillac

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2029 (based on 47 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lynch Bages on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.6 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 66 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Harry Cantrell on 11/27/2014 & rated 91 points: Beautiful red garnet-like the 2009s. Nose all young Pauillac, black and red fruits with a hint of tobacco. Mouth medium weight, berries and 'asian spices.' A touch thin on the midpalate. (3443 views)
 Tasted by Mascarello59 on 11/7/2014: In the line up of these wines (all tasted blind) the Lynch Bages was clearly at disadvantage being what I believe in its tunnel phase. I have lost my notes from the tasting but I remember a pretty nose of dark fruit, moccha, tobacco but being very disappointed when tasting it. Tannins clearly dominate and I don't really have the experience of judging a wine at this stage but to me it lacks balance, I doubt the fruit element is enough to carry it through (?) its dumb phase. No score given, it would be unfair. I really hope it will come around in another 10-15 years or so. Will for sure wait it out for my own bottles.

2008 Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Cazetiers, 1er Cru, Olivier Bernstein
2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Ch. de Beaucastel
2008 Ch. Lynch Bages, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac
2006 Côte-Rôtie, La Mouline, Domaine Etienne Guigal
2005 Le Chambertin, Grand Cru Domaine Rossignol-Trapet
2005 Hermitage Rouge Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
2005 Ch. la Conseillante, Pomerol
2003 Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos St. Jacques Domaine Armand Rousseau
1990 Ch. Palmer, 3ème Cru Classé, Margaux (3262 views)
 Tasted by Cantenac Brown on 8/29/2014 & rated 91 points: From a half bottle (375ml)

Dark red to purple color in the glass.
Nose of nuts, subtle wood, chocolate
Surprisingly smooth with fine tannins.
Long and lingering finish of at least 45 seconds drawing you back in for more.

An enjoyable wine which was surprisingly ready to drink (albeit the half bottle may have helped). Those with full bottles can definitely keep for longer as no rush to consume. (3836 views)
 Tasted by Wineguy76 on 2/5/2014 & rated 92 points: Deep purple, almost black, inky core. Punchy and youthful aromas of raspberry, violet and vanilla. On the palate this medium to full bodied wine reveals layers of cassis, chocolate and licorice. Very good alcohol/acidity balance and a viscous and soft texture. The tannins are abundant but not quite fully integrated yet. Needs another 2 to 3 years to reach its peak but will easily cruise for another 20 after that. Medium to long finish. Drinking window: 2015-2035. (6439 views)
 Tasted by JonnyG on 12/16/2013 & rated 92 points: Coming into a good place already. Medium bodied but textured and rich, with layers of black cherries and a floral overtone. No rush on these babies. (6758 views)
 Tasted by chrisrism on 4/30/2013 & rated 90 points: Very smooth (7417 views)
 Tasted by Strikermax on 3/30/2013 & rated 89 points: Donkerpaars. In de neus donker fruit, gesteente, cederhout. Nog erg jong en hard. Stevige, drogende tannines. De komende 10 jaar niet meer naar omkijken. (4954 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/29/2013 & rated 90 points: Possibly the wine did not get enough airtime, because the bouquet was completely locked and on the palate the firm tannin was not very approachable. The wine is loaded with cassis and also has a nice touch of sweetness. For tonight I scored it 90, but with enough age on it, my previous score of 93 will be probably more correct. (2038 views)
 Tasted by Woodford on 3/5/2013 & rated 88 points: Smells of sweet dark-red fruits, dates, cedar, & slightly of an earthy mildew. Tastes of soft subtle dark-purple fruits, game, oily bacon grease, and has a tang. Nice acid. Full bodied. Drinks nicely after 30 minutes in the bottle, but far from a homerun. (6810 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 1/1/2013 & rated 90 points: 2013 New Year's Day Tasting (Marietta, GA): Menthol, very dark, brooding, juicy fruit- tangy, good acid, but lots of vanilla. Seemed very modern right now. Would like to revisit in 10 years. (6408 views)
 Tasted by aquaman on 12/7/2012 & rated 91 points: Open n decant for 3 hour. Smell sweet.. Light but still prefer the pontet cenet 08 to this.
Update...it went sour after 4 hours in decanter... Finish in 9 hour..didn't get better. So I would say drinking window is from pop to 2 hours in decanter.. (5846 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/20/2012 & rated 93 points: Luxurious and extremely youthful bouquet with cedar, cassis and other dark fruits. On the palate cassis, licorice and graphite. Great acidity, round tannin and a pleasant touch of sweetness. Still quite open and extremely youthful. Really beautiful in this stage already, but I am certain that around 2022 this will offer even more complexity and score higher. 93 for now. (6035 views)
 Tasted by Mike410 on 10/10/2012 & rated 94 points: Very good and it will only get better as I drank this wine way too early. Hint of caramel and vanilla, blackberries, and cassis. Tannins overpowered everything. This wine needs a lot of time 6-8 years at least. (5584 views)
 Tasted by hal0 on 10/7/2012 & rated 92 points: Really good. Chocolate, earth, red fruit on the nose. Massive wine. (4906 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 2/17/2012 & rated 91 points: Clos Vougeot Dinner (Acquitaine - Lincoln Park, Chicago): Nice aromas of cranberry, dried floral notes, and tobacco. The palate had nice energy and acidity. This should be a beautiful wine as its secondary and tertiary emerge. (8458 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 12/10/2011: More 2008 Bordeaux (SF Wine Trading Company): Quite dark but not as saturated as the Grand Mayne. Chocolate, green olive and mint. Nice, lush, balanced feel with black fruit, terrific acidity and good structure at the end. Completely clean, really good. (9497 views)
 Tasted by hal0 on 11/19/2011: Hard to taste, so young. Gripped in tannins. Really ripe, rich red cherry dominates. (9165 views)
 Tasted by Evilchicken on 11/14/2011 & rated 89 points: Had this wine before dinner. Pop and pour. Swirling, swirling, swirling. Very tight as expected from such a baby with a massive tannic grip. Nose of pencil lead, light cedar, oak, barnyard funk, and earth. The first taste is rich, and acidic on the tongue. Nice immediate burst of cherry and pomegranate with excellent tannin structure. The wine quickly retreats after about 15 minutes and suddenly it feels like I'm licking the inside of an oak barrel--the flavors are thin, watery, cherry and cedar. 2nd night I have 3/4 bottle left...wine seems balanced, more viscous, with classic cedar, lead pencil, and bing cherry flavors. 3rd night, 1/4 bottle left...wine has released most of its grip and is playing nice on the tongue! Still a very dry wine, but the tannins mellowed a bit, and the nose and flavors seemed much much more in harmony. No doubt this infant will age nicely. 89/100 (9550 views)
 Tasted by GRAPE JUICE on 10/28/2011 & rated 87 points: WFA - 2008 Bordeaux Horizontal (Suntec Convention Hall): Very sweet and intense on the nose with creme de casis, floral, spices, pencil shaving and ink. Sweet, entry that gain weight on the mid palate with mouth coating structure. Well balance with great freshness. Good depth here but ended a bit simple with medium length, grippy finish. Very good but not great. 87-88+ (9883 views)
 Tasted by Alex H on 10/27/2011 & rated 87 points: Reductive , smelly egg and aged tea with vinegar on the nose but took another pour from a new bottle. Talcum powder and rose and Asian spices. But the palate was nicely lively with ripe dark red fruits and acidity to hold. Again a wine saved by the palate. But quite childish though. (9043 views)
 Tasted by alanr on 10/2/2011 & rated 92 points: 2008 Bordeaux tasting (Beltramos tasting bar): Good depth, plenty of rich, dark fruit, decent structure, very nice. (9778 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/1/2011 & rated 89 points: Beltramos tasting. Not too impressed. Seemed closed, short and lacking ability to develop into a great wine - hope I'm wrong. The Ducru, Pontet, & Montrose were all multiples better. (9227 views)
 Tasted by signotim on 10/1/2011 & rated 87 points: nose is soft with a little resin note. tight on the palate. seemed to fall a little flat but may have been the challenge of tasting after the Ducru (which was outstanding) (7554 views)
 Tasted by cab blends on 9/17/2011 & rated 92 points: Blind home wine tasting with MOT Scoring sheet (At Home in the Cave): Dark red with a cherry nose with a hint of spice. Smooth and dry with a full body and heavy enjoyable tannins. Moderately long dry finish. Classic Bordeaux from Bordeaux. (Sc 88) (9734 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 5/25/2011 & rated 92 points: 2008 Bordeaux: I was very impressed with this wine right from the start. The nose is more black raspberries with plenty of fruit. Just a bit of graphite. Nice juicy texture and plenty of tannins. Black raspberry fruit. A nice streak of acidity. There is a lot lurking here. This is the first LB I have had in a while that i really liked. Probably am not a buyer at $80+ though. (11534 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/19/2012)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2011, IWC Issue #157
(Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)) Subscribe to see review text.
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/19/2010)
(Ch Lynch Bages Pauillac Red) Subscribe to see review text.
The World of Fine Wine, June 2009, Issue #24
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/4/2009)
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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/21/2011)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Very dark red violet color; cedar, tart currant, black fruit nose; tight, cedar, tart currant palate, needs 3-plus years; medium-plus finish 91+ pts. (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc)  91 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2010
(Chateau Lynch-Bages (Pauillac)) An unusual nose of slightly caramelised fruit with a hint of smoke and gamey meat. There are some spicy Pauillac elements behind it though. Less aromatic on the palate but very bold and structured here. In fact it seems quite inexpressive in the mouth although there is an attractive combination of gritty substance and gentle tannic structure. Perhaps just a little more relaxed and diffuse than I would really like. Closed? A difficult one to call.  15-16+? points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2009
(Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac) Sweet, crystalline, cherry fruit with a dark character and also a little toast. The palate is rounded, seamless but firm; there is a little not of oiliness to it too. Lots of meat here, good fruit, not particularly vibrant but certainly dense. Polished, but not as bright or vigorous as some.  15.5-16. 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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