Saturday, August 27, 2011 - Hurricane Irene dinner with RV at Gabrielle's. Tasted non blind with a 1989 Lynch Bages during a dinner of excellent lamb and steak. On the nose, classic Lynch Bages, with tobacco, leather, cedar and plum notes but more streamlined than the 89 and it has a modern edge. In the mouth, this wine is still quite primary and very interesting to taste against its older sibling. Dark red and black fruit with firm tannins and beautiful underlying minerality with a medium finish (30+ seconds). Powerful but with less fruit than I expected. This is a very good LB, but has not developed a great deal of complexity and is nowhere near ready for prime time. What a difference 11 years makes. The '89, still completely youthful and in your face, completely owned this wine and was its equal or better in every way. This comparison was a revelation - the 2000 needs a minimum of 7 to 10 years of additional aging, but I doubt it will ever be as good as the '89. 92+
Update 09/13/2011. Mr. Parker has recently re-rated this wine and bumped it to 97 points. I'm not a Parker hater, but what a joke. This wine will never be a 97 point wine. Sorry.