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 Vintage1983 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 1993 and 2010 (based on 21 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 87 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by WST on 5/10/2015 flawed bottle: Good fill but leaky cork. Drinkable but clearly oxidized. (260 views)
 Tasted by floridawinedrkr on 4/10/2015 & rated 90 points: Typical old bordeaux nose. Bottle showed signs of seepage. Huge funky, musty nose, earth, wet forest floor nose. Very easy to drink. Not much left here. It has seen its best days. The color when pouring was fantastic and the wine looked like it was only a few years old, which shocked me. But the power and tremendous flavors had left the building on this particular bottle. (501 views)
 Tasted by ucbeau on 2/28/2015: Opened about 1 hour prior to serving. The nose evolved, with brett dominating at first before giving way to more green, herbal aromas. As the wine opened up it showed more cab franc influence, with bell pepper and jalapeno notes. This was side by side with barnyard, dried leather, black cherry, and cassis. The tannins are fully resolved now, and they do a lovely job working with the remaining fruit. This is in a great place, showing complexity and balance along with the classic mature Bordeaux element, sheer class. Drink up. (729 views)
 Tasted by TannicBeast on 2/3/2015 & rated 92 points: Very elegant and balanced, with a nice interplay between the fruit and the tertiary aromas. A classic, this is drinking very well and by no means over the hill. (463 views)
 Tasted by Manu1908 on 1/17/2015 & rated 94 points: Bright red/Orange colour. Smooth delicate Bordeaux with typical mature notes. Suprised that the wine is still that nice. Maybe an other 1-3 years to go.
The wine looks orange colored. The legs are slow. There is light sediment in the bottle. (1006 views)
 Tasted by WGDrobs on 12/29/2014: Incorrect (1108 views)
 Tasted by popopdrops on 11/12/2014 & rated 95 points: Vidunderlig vin! Dekantert 2 timer, frisk stall og mørke blomster på nese, mer mørk blomst og markjordbærstein på munn. Vennlige tanniner, frukt fremst, laaang. Lys, men ikke brun. Stønner, heter det på norsk! (1477 views)
 Tasted by A_Fiori87 on 7/16/2014 flawed bottle: Tried to drink this with dinner the other night. Color was very impressive for an '83. Nose was rich with red fruits and light floral notes. The palate however did not hold up. We tried letting it breath for a bit to see if it would open up and it never did.....pretty bummed out. Tried again about 2 hours later and the wine had lost its color and the palate never came around. Probably improperly stored by the previous owner. (2209 views)
 Tasted by BillyT on 3/4/2014 & rated 92 points: Wow, after a 3 hour decant this wine is incredible. Milk Chocolate, vanilla cream, a hint of mint, herbacious notes on the nose. Beautiful purple color to the rim belying its age. Nice legs. Medium mouth feel with flavor profile matching the nose with the addition of terroir and sense of place. Smooth silky mid palate with integrated tannins but expressive longer life in this wine. Finish was smooth and consistent with flavor profile. Excellent and sure wish I had more. (3460 views)
 Tasted by md20 on 2/10/2014 & rated 93 points: Helle Farbe. Weicher und feiner gut gereifter Cabernet. Hat mit der Luft nicht gewonnen. Würde den Wein trinken und nicht mehr Jahre lagern. Zapfen weg!

Bright color. Smooth, delicate well-ripened Cabernet. Has not won with the air. Would drink the wine and do not store more years. 93/100 (2593 views)
 Tasted by blanquito on 11/24/2013 & rated 91 points: A little austere, but has that classic Pauillac lead pencil bouquet. There's also loam, cranberries, minerals, a hint of green. Tobacco appears after some air. To taste, it's brightness married to dry dark fruit. A bit lactic. Still holding together, with some good midpalate weight. Finish gives strong notes of cedar, lead pencil and ash. Smooth mouthfeel, resolved. Classy and understated, very nice. Old School. (3516 views)
 Tasted by rocketview on 11/16/2013 & rated 92 points: Aromatic sweet red fruit, jammy nose,with hints of cedar and leather. Soft on the palate, but perfectly balanced . Medium body, yet delicious fruit still. From magnum, stored in temp controlled cellar since acquisition. At peak now, drink it up soon. (3134 views)
 Tasted by paul195 on 10/29/2013 & rated 92 points: Last bottle from an case bought on release, right where it should be, a mature, evolved and balanced LB very nice indeed (1944 views)
 Tasted by psrv on 10/29/2013: 1983 Bordeaux Blind (Berkeley): Group's #7; my #1; 3 first; 2 second; 0 third; 6 last. Aromas and flavors of red fruits, cherries, menthol, spice, and oak. Lighter bodied wine with refreshing acidity and a long finish. The fruit stared to fade and the oak dominate this wine when I re-tasted a few hours later. (2591 views)
 Tasted by Ary on 10/26/2013 & rated 90 points: Iron, wood, Asian spices and dark fruit notes in the nose. Medium bodied, mineral and some licorice notes on the palate. Attractive wine. (1868 views)
 Tasted by bayouvin901 on 8/24/2013 & rated 91 points: Tasted over 3 hrs. Classic Lynch Bages . Marvelous nose w/ only slight bricking on the edges. A great tasting 30 year old wine. (1856 views)
 Tasted by paul195 on 8/5/2013 & rated 91 points: Drank alongside an 83 Latour a Pomerol

Mature color, clear and bright. Nice bouquet of ceder, rose petals and red fruit. Still relatively firm with good grip and balance. Nice, mature LB (1931 views)
 Tasted by ricknat1 on 7/26/2013 & rated 90 points: unexciting and thinning (1995 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 7/25/2013 & rated 92 points: 1983 Cabernet Retrospective, Part 1 (Tom's house in Palo Alto, California): Gorgeous, generous Bordeaux style nose (A-). Delicious palate. Some spices (A-).
My #1, Group's #4 (48 pts). Tasted Blind. My WOTN and correctly guessed as the Lynch-Bages in the line-up. (1972 views)
 Tasted by daegde on 5/19/2013 & rated 89 points: Clear, clean claret. Fully mature. Beyond its peak but not over the hill. The Pauillac posture is intact and supports a nose that carries notes of loam, cedar and eucalyptus. The tannins have soften to a whisper. Dry fruit and sufficient tartness for a clean, albeit short finish. The quality in a bottle of wine this old and from a not so renown vintage, comes from great terroir preserved by maintaining the case in careful storage and the impeccable provenance of the auction house. (2194 views)
 Tasted by BillyT on 5/15/2013 & rated 91 points: Sorry, no notes. At tasting with wine guy. Still going strong. Classic Lynch with great fruit still in play and terroir expressive of Lynch. Compared to Pichon Lalande profiles are similar with Lynch carrying more fruit in aging. (2015 views)
 Tasted by awilliamson4 on 5/8/2013 & rated 89 points: Nice showing for this bottle with sweet red fruit still present and a menthol eucalyptus smell and flavor up front...the tannins were soft and balanced but the finish got a bit vegetal and off putting. (1873 views)
 Tasted by MDF on 9/30/2012 & rated 91 points: We enjoyed this bottle quite a bit. The bottle was in excellent condition as was the cork. Nice fruit on the start, and smooth tannins on the finish. (3946 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 9/9/2012 & rated 90 points: Decanted for 1 hour, drank over 2. Great stinky old Bordeaux. Earth, barn yard, smoke, BBQ and leather on the nose. The palate matched with a gritty texture. This seemed a little shallow in the mid palate. Medium finish. Held up fine in the glass, but I would drink in the next few years. (3951 views)
 Tasted by dchen on 9/1/2012 & rated 92 points: the wine was still vibrant with notes of dark red fruit, leather and pencil shavings on both the nose and palate (3699 views)
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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, January 2012
(Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (5/17/2007)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Mushroom and green bean nose; mature, drying, red fruit and mushroom palate with firm tannins; medium finish  89 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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