1987 Château Lynch-Bages

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Friday, June 8, 2012 - Opened more or less on a whim--not decanted. In order to avoid sediment, I carefully placed the bottle in a decanting cradle and poured glasses directly from that.
I recalled this being one of the better wines made in Bordeaux that year and it held up pretty well. The first impression was of prickly tannins and slightly stewed fruit. A little more time and a few more swirls of the glass eliminated any unpleasantness within about 5 minutes. The moderate alcohol (under 13%) allowed a few hints of chocolate to come through. A mellow drink to be sure.
It peaked after around 15 minutes in the glass. The color showed a little browning toward the rim (expected after 25 years from a decent-but-not-good year). Some of the leathery characteristics found in pleasant abundance in a recently consumed bottle of the '85 Lynch-Bages were there, but this '87 was definitely beginning to dry out. The finish was good but short relative to mature wines of better vintages. I'm glad I opened this one, because it certainly wasn't going to improve with more bottle age.

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