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 Vintage1989 Label 1 of 200 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Lynch-Bages (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationPauillac
UPC Code(s)000009137073

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2028 (based on 119 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lynch Bages on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 94.1 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 457 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by MikeATL on 6/27/2015 & rated 94 points: Allemand, Jamet, Burgs, Barolo, Yquem, and more: Licorice, leather, black currant, still lots of life but it is aging slowly. Fantastic. (2293 views)
 Tasted by nikos on 5/27/2015: Mike and Mel in town. Again color defies it's age. Mike and I used to drink a ton of Bordeaux and we were very impressed with how youthful the wine was. Cassis and a mix of red fruit with a touch of earth. Really needed something fatty to eat. Give a few more years. Purchased from HDH. (2890 views)
 Tasted by t-slow on 5/14/2015 & rated 98 points: We drank this yesterday evening along side a Chateau Margaux 82. Crimson red in colour showing its youthfulness despite being 26 years old. On the nose a blend of dried red and black fruits, hints of wood. Lovely on the palate, well balanced. Very good length. A complete wine. (3264 views)
 Tasted by Drinking Trees on 5/14/2015: Nose shows super-reduced, stewed fruit: blackberry, blueberry, rhubarb, beetroot, and sweaty saddle. Beautiful structure: hard and spiky on the entry, yet softening in the mouth. Hairy tannin over strong acidity, with flavours of graphite, saddle leather, blackberry, star anise, smoky oak, and lemon peel. Intensely tannic, yet super-open and drinkable. (2911 views)
 Tasted by petrus_1945 on 5/2/2015 & rated 98 points: From a double magnum. Decanted 2-3 hours. Stunning. Incredible. (3444 views)
 Tasted by the player on 4/25/2015 & rated 100 points: I'm going to go out on a lim here and score this wine a perfect 100! Surprised nobody else has. Decanted and drank over two hours. Cork in perfect state, fully soaked and fragrant after a week. Open from the outset but kept getting better and more complex as the evening wore off. Crimson color, hardly any signs of aging, this is better than most of the 89s I've had to date. Open nose of mature black and red berries, hints of licorice and spices that I have found on some left bank 89 bordeaux, graphite and forest floor. On the palate, amazingly velvety but powerful entry, rich on the mid palate with the perfect intermingling of balance, complexity and weight one expects from a top class mature wine, very long mocha tinged finish but this wine still has a long life ahead although from this bottle I believe it has reached its maturity. Simply flabbergasting wine from one of my favorite all time vintages. (3341 views)
 Tasted by dbg on 4/18/2015: Purchased off the list of our favorite secret seaside joint. They've raised the price but still a relative bargain for $265 on a restaurant list. This was purchased on release and stored in a temp controlled cellar since. Fill still into the neck. Cork wet about 1/2 way up.

Pop 'n pour. Dark red core, minimal lightening at rim, no bricking. Effusive nose of cassis, tar, fresh earth and cigar box immediately erupt from the glass. Full body, lush, dense and concentrated with ripe fruit mixed with great complexity, beautiful balance and lingering long finish. Still has many years ahead. Outstanding-extraordinary. (2900 views)
 Tasted by WineGuyFL on 4/18/2015 & rated 95 points: Very deep, dark red. Touch of an earthy note. Decanted 4-5 hours. I will decant the next bottle a little longer. A real crowd pleaser at a dinner party. (3181 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 3/30/2015 & rated 94 points: This did not have the power of the bottle I had 2 years ago....still lovely, with ripe plum, tart berry, spice, smoke and forest floor. (4083 views)
 Tasted by spendergast on 3/28/2015 & rated 98 points: An outstanding bordeaux with layer of dense fruit, soft integrated tannins and a very long finish (60+ seconds). Paired beautifully with bone-in ribeye steaks on the grille. This wine is approaching maturity yet is still youthful in some ways. I'm in no rush to drink the remaining 11 bottles. (3699 views)
 Tasted by lewren on 3/26/2015: Time to drink this vintage! (3787 views)
 Tasted by woofy on 3/22/2015 & rated 94 points: We loved this wine, so much, that we squeezed it over two meals. A lunch of lamb stew, just perfect, and a dinner of poached salmon with fresh spinach and tomato salad. It went great with both. On opening it needed time to breath, but within five to ten minutes, overtones of pencil dissipated to lovely fruit. An amazing wine after 26 years. (3725 views)
 Tasted by aquacongas on 3/15/2015 & rated 99 points: double decanted for 4 hours from a perfect cellared bottle, you could do it for 10 hours or more, I fall in love with this wine, "won" against Numanthia 2004 and La Nieta 2004 (I know you can't compare them)
but this wine was amazing, unbelievable fresh black currant in the nose, that let you think it is a 2010 wine, licorice in a decent way, some pencil, graphite, tar, ripe tannins with strong skeleton, brutal long finish, aging potential 30 years plus, will buy again a bottle , next time maybe 100, Danke Thomas (3796 views)
 Tasted by mjdixon on 2/14/2015 & rated 94 points: Bigger than most bordeaux - maybe gets more complex in ten years
Worth it now tho (4440 views)
 Tasted by CabIsKing on 1/11/2015 & rated 98 points: Fabulous nose full of cassis, tobacco, cedar, earth and hint of violets. On the palate the tannins are still firm but exceptional with a long finish. If this was tasted blind I would have never guessed this was 26 years old. Excellent juice. Can't wait to open another. (6117 views)
 Tasted by aChave on 1/9/2015 & rated 93 points: Older Bordeaux Tasting (Dan's Place): Deep, dark ruby with firm color throughout. Somewhat restrained but deep fruit with ample tannins and acidity for further aging. Needs air at this point; opens with 30+ minutes in the glass (bottle was double decanted). Very fine. Suggest 3-5+ more years at least. (6002 views)
 Tasted by redknife on 12/19/2014 & rated 94 points: End of year Friday lunch with Joe and Fern at Htons. unfortunately I had no time to decant this in advance as I was running late. first sip was at cave's temp. 55 F. As expected nose and the first taste was quite closed; it took around two hrs to start opening up and I think it needed more. Great stuff no rush, there are fine unresolved tannins and plenty of fruit to go for another decade. (6341 views)
 Tasted by jbean007 on 12/14/2014 & rated 95 points: Deep purple with no rust on the rim. sweet and full of dark berries yet also soft tannins. if anything this only lacks a touch of acid. drinking beautifully with a ways to go - 2025? (7247 views)
 Tasted by ucbeau on 12/2/2014 & rated 94 points: Opened a few hours prior to serving. Poured a deep, dark red with some aging at the rim. Beautiful nose of saddle leather, garrigue, subtle oak spice, and fruit leather. Amazing aromas wafted out of the glass. With air, some dark soil and licorice also emerged. On the palate it's rich and mouth-coating while still retaining perfectly integrated tannins. Similar notes to the bouquet come out, with a gorgeous black cherry and mocha thing at center stage. Good minerality and hints of blackberry, fennel, and hoisin also come in to play especially on the finish. A marvelous wine that seems to be in a wonderful place right now. (7162 views)
 Tasted by jlgnml on 12/1/2014 & rated 94 points: KenK's BDay (Wildfire Chicago il): Pop and pour out of magnum. Stiff, needs time, developed and opened slowly. Good mouthful. Lots of potential. (6845 views)
 Tasted by ledwards on 11/29/2014 & rated 96 points: Drinking beautfully right now. Superb. (6776 views)
 Tasted by winemaker on 11/25/2014 & rated 98 points: Fantastic wine ! Tasted alongside the '90 and this was the better wine. It has more structure an depth vs the '90. Very interesting complex and long. (6656 views)
 Tasted by dcwino on 11/12/2014 & rated 96 points: Mike Grammer Comes to Town - KS version (Ripple Restaurant in DC): Explosive nose of cassis, crushed blackberries, ink, licorice, strong lead pencil and bell pepper, exotic dark spices and earth. Exceptional concentration, intense dark fruit and sweet dark spice driven palate impression, dense chewy yet silky palate, nicely integrated tannins and intense long dark fruit driven finish. Extremely youthful but overabundant intense dark sweet fruit makes this wine very enjoyable. As Bob like to say this is a tour de force. Although extremely enjoyable and incredibly impressive, the overall expression is not terribly complex hence my rating of only 96 pts. (7336 views)
 Tasted by KR66 on 11/6/2014 & rated 94 points: One of the more backward 1989s. Dark, nearly black colour. Cedar nose, first hints of ripe fruits in the melting palate. But still so tannic overall, nearly impossible to drink. Huge structure. Long and tight finish. Won't touch any more bottles before 2020. This will be a blockbuster wine when ripe. Wait! 94++ (7250 views)
 Tasted by andrewdodd86 on 11/2/2014 & rated 96 points: Rosemary, vanilla and cedar. Tart cherry, earthy, dusty. Past its prime IMO, but still a nice wine. Did enjoy, should have drank 5 years ago for my tastes. (7284 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/24/2013)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2012, Issue #40, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report
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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, January 2012
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/17/2010)
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By Richard Hemming
JancisRobinson.com (10/27/2008)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/28/2002)
(Ch Lynch Bages Pauillac Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/10/2012)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Dark ruby color; lovely, tart plum, Asian spice, tart black fruit, pencil lead, black fig nose; tasty, dense, tart black fruit, Asian spice, black fig palate; medium-plus finish  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/25/2011)
(Château Lynch-Bages) From 375 ml - very dark red violet color; tart currant, olive, pencil lead nose; elegant, pencil lead, tart currant, tart cassis palate; medium-plus finish  94 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, '24' in Bordeaux (1/31/2010)
(Lynch Bages) Waterfall came first in the nose of the 1989 Lynch Bages, which is not that common in Bordeaux. There was a bit of stable in the nose, but not really quite that. There was some espresso, but not really quite that, either. Cola, that was there really, as was peanut J. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks – sautéed string beans yum! The palate was big and rich, quite enormous and even more impressive in its power than the Leoville Barton. There was enough alcohol here for a high school prom. The ’89 was still quite young. It was big, black and dark. Did someone say something about….never mind (95).  95 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C (2/21/2005)
(Lynch Bages) was served out of magnum, and a bruiser accordingly. There was an intense nose that definitely needed some air, but once you got past the windex, cat.s pee and alcohol action, there was meaty, beefy fruit with deep cassis, tobacco, earth and pencil shavings. The palate was very tasty with flavors of beef, cassis, pencil and earth, with a long earthy, rocky finish. The wine was outstanding with great power and finesse, and secondary coffee grind flavors  95 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (12/11/2004)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Plum, asian spice box nose; tasty, rich, plum, hoisin sauce, roasted fruit, asian spice box palate; medium-plus finish  95 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/25/2003)
(Château Lynch-Bages) Nose of olive and herbs; great entry, nicely balanced, great fruit  96 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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