All you need to know about why one ages good Bordeaux is in this bottle. Medium light color with moderate bricking on the edge and without much sediment, this Lynch-Bages initially smelled surprisingly like dried cranberry with light dried floral notes, opening up into robust "old wine cellar" with a few minutes of decanting. The initial impression on the palate offers forest floor, old leather and red currant preserves. With time, it woke up and gained a slightly toasted, almost black tea essence on the finish. The wine remains fresh. Boasting a light body and silky texture, the balance is near perfect. So deft and so elegant for a Lynch Bages that seemed tight and burly when young. While at its peak, this wine could last for years. There is no suggestion of dryness or stewed fruit here that points to any decline.
Süsser Cabernetduft. Schön gereifter, feiner, klassischer Pauillac mit den typischen animalischen LB-Noten. Im Jahr 1988 wurden im Bordeaux langlebige, aber dafür vielfach kantige Weine erzeugt. Dieser Wein ist jedoch ohne zu dekantieren sehr zugänglich. Ich bin beindruckt und freue mich auf die nächste Flasche! 94/100
Nach Lafite war dies der beste 88er. Dahinter kommen Gruaud, Pontet Canet und Montrose......
Sweet Cabernetnose. Beautifully mature, fine, classic Pauillac with the typical animal LB notes. In 1988 were in Bordeaux durable, but often produces edged wines. However, this wine is without decant very accessible. I am impressed and look forward to the next bottle! 94/100
After Lafite this was the best from 88. Behind come Gruaud, Pontet Canet and Montrose ......
Still so young looking, deep ruby. Wonderfully open from the get go, classic Paulliac nose of cassis and tobacco and cedar. Love the freshness that these higher acidity years bring after suitable bottle age. Now it is all is great harmony. Mid weight for a Lynch Bages but in a good way meaning you can enjoy it and drink it with pleasure and it just leaves you wanting more. Worth looking out for given that it is a third the price of the 89/90.
Some maturity. Lovely developed nose, graphite mineral and broad softer fruit. Lovely warmth on the palate, surprisingly rich and velvet mouthfeel. Goofd length. Just edged the Leoville Barton 88 paired with it.
Parker describes this as "old", so I didn't expect much. However, it was almost as good as the '89 Pichon Lalande from last night. This was also dark and opaque, with slight brick at the edges. Pronounced complex aroma of cedar, cassis, black fruits, leather, very similar to Pichon. Perfectly balanced flavors, maybe not quite as concentrated and intense as Pichon, with little tannin left but extremely enjoyable. Won't get any better, so it's time to drink and enjoy! Ric
Light red with a bit of sediment. Red fruits with Cigarette smoke deep into the nose. Rendolent with smoke, slightly sour raspberries, with a medium body. The smoke (which really surprised me) lasts a very long time into a very long finish.
Bought from retail. Cork slightly sunken, fill into the shoulder. Not totally dead - still some pencil and dark fruit but this seemed off. Where should this really sit in the otherwise fantastic line-up of the 85, 86, 89, and 90?
Wow hard to believe it's been over 8 years since i had this wine, and looking at my former notes it appears that this time it did not show as well. Simply put the tannins are starting to take over and while they are round and smooth it appears that they are now the most prominent component of this wine. Of course it's hard to make conclusions based on one bottle but my gut feeling is that this is not going to improve much from here. A bottle of the 1985 tonight, while overall more advanced, was also much more balanced and enjoyable to me.
Tasted after the 1985 Lynch-Bages, and again, the same latent lactic aroma on the nose. No age (color-wise) to speak of on this very well cared for/stored bottle (cork in perfect condition); aromas are out of the gate, but slowly out of the gate; rising, over the course of half an hour to medium intensity. Bell pepper, graphite, soil, repeat. On the second night, more fruit than place, having added some weight, though only slightly. Medium-bodied, elegant, and in a good place now and for the next 3-4 years. Finished on night 3, by which time it was subtle and faded, though still somewhat enjoyable. recommended
From a bottle personally purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion, this wine was double-decanted and presented to our tasting group in double-blind fashion. Deep garnet and throwing a heavy sediment, it has a nose which is intensely expressive within 30 minutes. Kirsch, plums, allspice, leather and cedar aromas precede a full-bodied, moderately tannic palate with medium acidity, nicely integrated alcohol (12.5%) and flavors which mirror the nose. Building on the mid-palate, it concludes with a lengthy finish which shows some tannic grip. Beautifully balanced and delightfully drinkable at this point, there is no doubt that well-cellared bottles of this wine will provide pleasure for another decade or more. Drink now-2025.
Brown Bag Wine Dinner at Two Chefs - Double Blind: Garnet color with medium forming legs, and aromas of eucalyotus, black currant, violet, and cedar. It's balanced and has flavors of black currant and licorice anise with a medium body Satin-like texture with a medium finish. David's wine, fooled us.
Good deep crimson red under the light with just the slightest hint of brown pigment at the edge. Light cigar smoke on the nose along with a mixture of mulled red and black fruits. Very light, almost fatty, presence on the tongue, yet the tannins are quite firm. Lovely raspberries, white pepper, and a bit of blackberry at the mid-palate.
A bit of tobacco throughout with Cigar on the finish mixed with red fruits. The finish lingers quite a while. Overall, quite nice, but not the greatest QPR.
1988 Red Bordeaux, with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): Finally a 1988 to get excited about and by far the best of the line up along with the Pichon Lalande. Extremely dark colour.. is this a 2005? Spicy, light earthy (the first of the 88s to show an earthy side tonight). Young still but with good weight of fruit, vibrant and complex! Great balanced across good fruit on the mid palate, light leather tones. Tannin is there on the finish but in general this is a very good wine. Lots of life ahead and more ageing will only but help! 93-94+
Dark and glowing in colour. Complex nose with sweet fruit, tobacco, spices. Powerful on the palate, nice red and black fruit, round and balanced, fresh, but pretty tannic towards the long and persistent finish.
From 750ml. Level was IN, cork was perfect, only soaked 1mm. Decanted and served an hour later at Pied a Terre in London. Colour was a deep, port-like colour. Youthful but not glossy, almost a little cloudy but no brown edges. The nose was a big hit of black fruits, followed by some leather, cigar box and liquorice. The palate was immediately involvling. Lots of tempting ripe fruits, plenty of of acidity, a touch of cedar. Extremely well balanced with completely integrated tannins and a long finish. This was a real surpise from LB. I am a fan of '88 vintage on the left bank but this really was a very good example. This is a wine that sung in the glass and didn't exhibit a single hard edge. The rich fruit and tannin were in perfect harmony too. Maybe a lucky bottle (this was a better outing than the last bottle I had in 2012) but this was Lynch Bages on top form. Well worth the wait and one to absolutely enjoy now.
The color is starting to show red bricking on the edge but still a nice purple in the glass. Showing great aromatics of cedar, tilled earth, and savory note to accompany the red fruit. The palate shows nice life with secondary and teriary flavors. Nice enjoyable aged Bordeaux.
La Commanderie de Bordeaux à Vancouver - 1988 Horizontal (Boneta): a slightly riper nose here with dark red fruits, cedar and some creamy/toasty/vanilla notes that seemed to blow off after 30min in the glass (thankfully). And while there is still the hint of green, it’s even less obviously than the Palmer. This LB has the most weight of this flight but the palate is a bit tart and simple with quite a bit of structure left. A brawnier wine. Very good.
La Commanderie de Bordeaux: 1988 Horizontal (Boneta Restaurant - Vancouver, BC): Less sweetness on the nose with more tar evident than the Palmer tasted along side. Lots of black pepper and asphalt aromas, along with black cherry, strawberry, graphite, cedar, and menthol. plenty of rich black cherry upfront on the palate, followed by spicy black pepper, cedar, leather, tar, and red currants. Firm acidity, with a medium length finish ending on notes of red currants and black pepper. Lots of tar and spice on both the palate and nose here, but the palate came up short after the promise of the nose. It just didn't have much oomph in the mouth, was a bit astringent and chalky and ended on a tart/bitter red currant note. Still youthful and seems like this could use more time in the cellar. Very good.
Decanted for sediment in a small decanter for 1 hour. Nice dark color. Had a little wet dog at the begging but after 30 minutes it was gone. Wine feels a bit rustic in style classic old brodeaux. In my humble opinion this wine it's ready to go, It will not get any better but it will hold for a few more years. Damp earth, mushrooms, and sour apples, nice smooth long silky finish. I have a lot of respect for a wine that can last 25 years and still offer an excellent drinking experience.
decanted 1 1/2 hours.Vigorous deep red, very little maturity. Nose immediately black fruit but then expanded with cedar , tobacco and fresh leaf. Restraint of vintage but fabulous with slow cooked lamb. delicious wine. will keep for years yet
Decanted for 2 hours and consumed over the course of several hours with other mature wines; this Lynch-Bages seemed to transform itself into a different wine every 30-40 minutes each time we returned to it. Color was deep and rich with no hint of oxidation. The first visit was disappointing with herbal green peppers dominating both the aroma and taste. After 30 minutes more the green pepper was completely gone and it was a completely different wine; aroma and taste were all about layer after layer of rich mature red fruit. Another 30 to 40 minutes and it evolved further; all about earthiness with some leather and cedar. By the final visit in another 30-40 minute it was yet a different wine, all about earthy, charcoal smokiness. Quite a lot going on in this bottle and a very wild ride over the course of several hours - more so than I have ever before experienced in one bottle of wine.
Still an extremely dark color for a vintage of this age. Still a lot of dark fruits in the bouquet as well as on the palate. A bit dusty. Graphite. Also a bit dusty. Some smoke and tobacco. Firm bitterness. A complex and straight forward wine with less elegance than Pichon Comtesse.
Opened with the typical bordeaux nose of cedar, herbs,earth, and boysenberries, deep red color, cork 95% stained red, slightly better base neck fill when opened; more of the same on the palate, nose grew more intense as time went on, delicious wine but not as complex as 5 years ago; medium/long finish. Time to drink up.
Opened and decanted. Taught and lean when first poured, but softened nicely after 2 hours in the decantor. Nice Pauillac, giving up classic notes of cedar and cassowaries. Drink now or hold another 10.
Decanted one hour then consumed over a further two hours.The colour is astonishing. Still deep dark with hints of purple. Showing very young. Nose cassis cedar, with some secondary development. A very frim structure, typical pauillac but with the richness of LB. A taut elegance perhaps shows the vintage but this is by no means lean. Burst of fruit well managed by the tannins . A softening after aeration but the deloicious firmness and freshness stayed. Delicious with pork tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto.
Words are not enough to describe this wine. Open for some friends tonight. This wine has pedigree. I bought it from British Airways when they decommissioned Concorde. Direct from the cellar, no less.
I have had 3 bottles from the case and they are all extremely aligned in terms of nose texture and taste. Still very youthful. Absolutely no signs of ageing. Dark plums and currants dominate the palette. Overall, the wine is deftly balanced and just sails on. Remarkable. All loved it!
La Commanderie de Bordeaux à Vancouver - 1988, 1989, 1990 Red Bordeaux (CinCin Restaurant): Medium red, some bricking. This had a classic Lynch-Bages with mature red fruits, menthol and cedar. On the palate this wasn’t as impressive as it was light in the mouth with cool flavours of mature red fruits and pencil shavings. Fades quickly on the finish. Pencil shavings, mature red fruits. A few at the table thought this was elegant on the palate, but I was thinking more along the lines of thin and dilute. The nose was actually quite nice…too bad the palate didn’t live up to it. Drink now. Good.
From 750ml. Bottle in pristine condition with level well into the neck and cork only soaked 2mm at most. Decanted 1 hour, drunk over 2 hours. Colour is solid brick red, bright with purplish hue in the centre of the glass. Looks relatively young for its age. On the nose this remained fairly closed, but plenty of cassis, some leather and a hint of earthiness. On the palate the wines comes to life. Elegant, balanced with very well integrated but noticeable tannins. Moderate amount of fruit are held together with a warm mid-palate and a long finish of nicely integrated tannins. Very fresh, in a Pauillac way, for a wine of this age. Earth, cedar, black fruits and a little bit of tar make up the palate. There is a touch of bitterness on the end which hints at an uncertain future. Will do better served with food, especially foods that will balance the tannins e.g red meat.
A lovely example of the 1988 vintage. More balanced than most but lacking the forward fruit to make it truly great. Certainly punching well above its 5th growth ranking but now that Lynch Bages is becoming highly fashionable and highly priced to boot, it might be easy to get carried away in scoring this wine. It pales into comparison to the Latour in the same vintage and I actually think the Leoville-Barton is better by a margin too. Very, very good wine from a vintage that I rate very highly, but it is not truly great and probably not worth the price the market would pay for it. This bottle was perfect drinking now and it will hold but I don't think it will improve further. Enjoy perfectly aged and classic Claret now if you are lucky enough to own a bottle or two.
Deep dark purple with slight browning on the edges. Opened, decanted and drank over 1 hour. A somewhat reserved minty nose of wet stone and dark fruits. A little violet, red fruit and some sweetness on the palate. A medium slightly tannic finish. Overall a very nice wine that has reached maturity and will stay here for some time. Enjoyable with food.
Excellent level, well into the neck. Great lively ruby colour with hints of brick. On the nose earthy with tobacco and some fruit. Masculine, mouthfilling, tannins well integrated, silky, smooth, the essence of a great 20+ year old bordeaux.
Sampled 11/12/11. Fill was into neck. Color is still that of a young wine. No sediment. Decanted for an hour and poured back into the bottle before heading to the restaurant. The nose is classic Bordeaux left bank but with more red fruits. On the palate too this wine had many more strawberry and raspberry notes than I expected. Plenty of graphite, cassis, minerals and hints of dried peat. The wine did no change at all during dinner and is clearly ready to stay in the bottle up to another 10 years in fine form. In short I thought the wine was a 92+ and gave it a little extra for its ageability and therefore agree with RP. Not sure what WS was tasting then they gave it a 97.
San Antonio Wine Geeks do Bordeaux for Veterans Day (Home of Mike and Sandra O.): Popped and poured. Initially, not very interesting with typical mature elements—some tobacco, leather, and reds fruits. Developed beautify over the next few hours. Very aromatic nose, with flint, leather, spice, and pipe tobacco. Palate was a little austere, but carried great depth and complexity, with mint, red fruits through on a lengthy gravel driven finish. Certainly on par with the Haut-Brion, well proportioned and balanced. In the discussion for WOTN. Fantastic mature Pauillac that won’t fade any time soon. 92-95
I liked this wine alot. It took 1-2hr to open up but was otherwise everything I expected from mature bdx. Earthy, smooth, with plenty of residual tannin. It really shined with the roasted meats. Acidity to spare. Night 2 - able to concentrate on this and the Dominus from last night without the other 12 btls distraction. The lunch has a wonderful eucalyptus, herbaceousness along with tobacco notes. Certainly lacks the fruit of new world wines but the balance between earthiness and red fruit is excellent. Tannins are slightly coarse compared to the '92 Dominus.
Initially quite closed. Taste is a bit strange. Like a very much dimmed version of the 1985 it was drank together with. Gets better with time in the glass, but doesn't compete in the same league with the better vintages.
Last of three bottles we purchased last year. Since we decanted the other two bottles on earlier occasions and felt that the wine was almost a bit over the hill, we decided not to decant this time and just open the bottle 3 hours prior to drinking. WOW, What a fantastic bottle of Pauillac this was. All the elements that make a nice, ripe Lynch Bages so appealing were present. Not over the hill at all ! It's not as brilliant as the 1990 ( The 1990 Chateau Lynch Bages being one of the best wines I have ever tasted ), but it's close. Loads of dark fruits and lead pencil in this very rich, fantastic smelling wine.
Bottom 1/3 of cork pulled away, and had to work it out - top 2/3 spoungey, but 'clean' - only the bottom 1/3 had any liquid. Tell tale scents of LB waffed up, telling me the bottle would be stellar: good news. 3 hr decant. deep, dark ruby color throughout. Nose of cassis, tobacco and traces of mint, tar, blackberry jam and barnyard. Black cherry, currants, traces of chocolate, walnut, black truffel front to back, left to right were rich and long. tannis are toned down but not quite resolved. Terrific concentration; a delicious bottle. I think the '88 may well be "sleeper of the vintage" in 5-6 years. 94 with upside.
Deep ruby with light mahogany edge. Nose of sweet red cherries, raspberries and earth. Above shoulder fill, cork looked new with 1/2 inch saturated. Filtered through paper, which produced pinpoints of tannin and a tiny slurry of fine paste. This is a mature and elegant wine with smooth integrated cherries, raspberries and blueberries no longer assertive, but still prominent. Also showing tobacco, green herbs, and a flinty earth with subdued tannins. This is a lovely wine having traded its brash fruit with competing flavors for an elegant, mature whole.
nose - sauerkraut per doug, heme per brian, earthy, sour cherry, brown sugar, tobacco mouth - complex, earthy, wet hay, tobacco, some herbality intermixed with fruit, and rather solid tannins. an interested aged bordeaux, not for fruit bomb lovers.
Tobacco and sauerkraut on the nose initially, although the funk dissipated over 30 to 45 minutes, revealing more subtle notes. This was a very nice wine, that changed pretty significantly over the time the three of us finished the bottle.
I fear that this wine is starting to wane a little. This one was a little dusty seems to be going slightly over the hill. Still a lovely, silky delicate wine that shows a lot of elegance and sophistocation and has some lovely fruit which will please even those unfamiliar with Bordeaux. I recommend drinking now though.
Dark ruby color. Classic Pauillac nose of lead pencil, leather, tar. Very elegant with sweet resolving tannins, none of the astringency I have found in a lot of 88s. Beautiful blackberry, plum, and grilled steak flavors with a long vibrant finish. I was very pleasantly surprised by how this performed. I'll be looking for this at future auctions.
New Years 2011 at Pickberry (Pickberry Vineyard): Elegant Lynch Bages...really has come forward from previous notes. Tannins rounded, and flavors alive and vibrant...long finish. Fairly heavy sediment, 2 bottles were double decanted about 2 hrs before serving. Long finish, with some persisting stemminess. Cork intact and not stained but definitely funky up front so decanting was helpful
This wine was served at a private walk-around wine and food party. The bottle (750 cc) was taken from my personal cellar, decanted into a magnum-sized ship's decanter and allowed to aerate for approximately three hours. Deep garnet in color, the wine shows a very intense nose of kirsch, plums, tar, leather and earth. Full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity, medium supple residual tannins and flavors mirroring the nose. The middle palate is full and the finish is long and smooth. This wine is drinking beautifully now and was a delicious match with grilled steak. It should continue to provide enjoyment for many more years. Drink now-12/25.
Served in the first flight of our "Remember the 80's" tasting. Very dark coloring with notes of black fruit, sweet oak and some leather and graphite. Remains a big brooding wine that will last much longer.
Great fill to within 1/2" of cork, almost pristine cork. Opened but not decanted 2 hours before drinking. Dark red core, lighter at rim. Nice complex nose of mature black fruits, cassis, cedar, iron and leather. Medium body, nice balance, tannins present but mostly resolved, mature fruits carry forward to palate with some irony/minerally undertones and some nice sweet complexity. Tannins well covered on the finish until 2 more hours in, then the fruit starts giving way to the tannins on the back palate. Outstanding.
Marvelous; decanted for only 10 minutes before first pour. Lovely garnet color. Warm, soft, full palette with with multiple notes, clean finish. Hint of the tanins that once formed the backbone, but not at all forward. Very very enjoyable wine. Drank with 88 Branaire which was also excellent with not as soft or full on the palette. Drink in the next few years. It's not likely to improve; my last bottle was much less impressive -- so perhaps we are getting to the end of its life where some bottles make it and others don't.
Firm, structured Pauillac with the depth Pauillac aromatics of the best Lynch-es, but without the power or muscle of the 82/89/90. On the night showed well but was outclassed by the more expressive, fleshy Mouton '85
Dark ruby though no longer opaque with mahogany on its edge. Not decanted. Aroma dominated by barnyard and leather with flinty metal. Delicious subtle, elegant dark red cherries and raspberries with complex earth, cedar and tannins in very good balance. Fruit is diminishing and will last another 3-5 years. Long finish.
Outstanding. Drank immediately after decanting. Exactly what you expect from a mature Lynch. A somewhat restrained peat and tobacco nose, but bursting with lush, ripe fruit and cassis, berry and earth taste. Just incredibly rich and fruity for a 20 year old wine. Soft tannins, but not fading at all. Drinking beautifully now, and should continue for at leat 6-8 more years.
Still dark red core, lightening at rim. Very nice nose of mature black fruits, cassis, bit of cedar and herbal/veggie notes and leather add complexity. Medium body, nice balance, tannins present but mostly resolved, mature fruits carry forward to palate with some irony/minerally undertones and just a hint of herbal complexity, medium-long finish, this is showing more mature complexity than the last bottle in 2006, drinking really well now and should hold for 5 years if well-stored. Excellent to outstanding.
Took about 90 mins to open up n the glass. On the heavy side of medium. Intense dark fruit and spicy on the tounge, but very smooth. Nice nose and finish. Excellent with chocolate. Left 1/3 bottle overnight with cork in but not pumped and it had lost a lot of intensity the next day.
Probably one of the best Bordeaux`s I have tasted. Lynch-Bages 88 is at a perfect state. Full bodied, lovely red fruit, complex aromas of leather, earth, licorice, berries, perfectly integrated french oak and smooth tannins. It just lingers, and lingers. and lingers. This is why these wines are among the most expensive in the world. And this is "only" Cinquièmes Crus (Fifth Growth). Wow.
Lynch Bages Tasting (Don's House): This bottle was opened but not decanted about two hours before it was tasted. I was apprehensive because my two previous bottles of this wine were spoiled. This bottle was fine. The color was in line with what you would expect from a twenty year old bottle. Flavors were nicely balanced with plenty for fruit and spice remaining. Although this was my least favorite of the wines it was the first to disappear.
Audouzed for 6 hours before serving alongside the 61 and an 88 Pape Clement. Quite a young, unevolved showing for this wine compared to previous efforts. Dark fruited but lacking some of the previous nuances such as lead pencil etc etc.
Nose: Conveys the image of dark and brooding. Torched bush fruits and plenty of black currants. Earthiness and toasted oak vanillins are present as well. Perfume components less than others tonight - more of a leather/smoke component and some dried herbal teas.
Palate: Great taste and very good from attack through finish. Medium-full bodied with rich character. Cedar components seem to come through more on the palate along with the rich profile of dark bush fruits.
Overall: A great wine that impresses. 92-93 points.
Lynch Bages Vertical (Sweet and Savories): Jamie nailed it when he described this as classic. A hint of mustiness in the nose that eventually took on a cheese/horseradish scent with a detailed aroma and taste of cigar box. Very smooth in the mouth.
Lynch Bages Vertical 1961-2005 (Sweets and Savories, Chicago IL): nose: wide open on the nose with a good helping of cedar as the backdrop along with tones of smoke, black fruits, black cherries, cassis, and some earthen inflections. Very interesting as there is more of a blackness to this nose as opposed to the previous vintages and it provides a very interesting contrast to the other vintages
taste: great black fruit core with cedar, smoke, black cherries, and cassis. Good medium/full feel that gives off the power of lynch, but there is a smooth texture at the same time
overall: a very interesting and different lynch from the previous vintages. The black fruits provide a good amount of intrigue and a contrast from the dark red cherries that had been a lynch staple. This is in a perfect place right now and was a stellar bottle
I love this wine and it provided all the pleasure of an excellent classic bordeaux. Still a very youthful color with deep purple tones. Great balance of fruit and tannins. nice cedar, and minierality and dark cherry and blackberu. Tremendous mouthfeel and long clean finnish.
Not decanted but open 2 hours before tasted. Given the vintage, remarkably dark for 20 years. Only slight bricking on the rim. Nose was a pleasant mix of fresh cut tobacco, smoke, herbs, red cherry and currant. Palate was consistent w/ no austere edges and well integrated tannins. As the night wore on the nose evolved to show more smoke/ cigar tobacco and less of the herbal fresh cut smell. Mid palate was slightly lacking in depth, but a very nice first experience with this wine.
Two hour decant. Nice wine. Suffered horribly from following a 82 Pichon Lalande consumed the previous day. Still somewhat primary, with not too much in the way of complexity/ secondary flavors. Still and all a "correct" Pauillac profile and quite enjoyable. Last bottle, wish I had a couple more to track it over the next few years.............
Dark fruit, currant, smoke flavors, medium bodied, finely integrated tannins, nice finish. Drank with my Met fan friend after my Cubbies swept the Metropolitans out of Chicago -- a great celebratory bottle!
not up to previous tastings; this one came from auction so provenance perhaps iffy. Nose was subdued, fruits came out after decanting and in glass for 20 min, earthy nuance too. Mouthfeel was tight, leather and cedar with definiite green stemminess. Tannins have softened
KSC02 does Dallas, Part 2 (Daniele Osteria, Dallas, TX): WIML92. Dark purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of dried herbs, a hint of coffee and mixed dark fruits. Flavors of berries, cherries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannins, medium to full body. Drink or hold.
Kitchen Tasting Group does Lynch Bages: Dark red color. The nose gives sweet black fruit, tobacco and floral notes. Slightly roasted fruit. The palate impression is more subdued than the previous wines. Stern black fruit. Tannic. Nice, but not up to the level of the other wines tasted.
Tasting Group Dinner - Lynch Bages (JP's American Bistro, Minneapolis): Great expressive nose of dark fruit and mushrooms. On the palate this shows coffee/espresso, green herbs, and some black fruit. Still quite tannic. The palate is not very expressive, bordering on stern and hard-edged, but the nose is interesting enough to make this a fun bottle.
Lovely dark fruit with hints of green pepper on the fully mature nose, more of the same on the palate. lovely rich wine to taste, medium/long finish, slightly tart on the finish. First out of five Lynch Bages blind.
Considerable seepage and saturated cork, so this bottle certainly did not show the best. But still very nice. Tobacco, fruit, leather. Fairly short. Still plenty of sweet tannins, but a bit soft in acidity with some warmth. I'll drink the next one within a couple years.
had 3 bottles last night at a dinner party all bottles pretty consistent, enjoyable wine that didn't evolve as much as i would have hoped.Not nearly as good as the 82 (97pts) but more approachable than the '90(92+).it was great with the steak but not memorable,seemed like it still had 5+ years in it.
Had at the brasserie next to Lynch Bages, so the wine did not have to travel far. Decanted at lunch -- amazing, very fresh and lively wine with nice, smooth tannins and amazing fruit aromas. Showing extremely well, yet not overwhelming. Thanks Jean-Charles!
Decent, but nothing special. Fairly typical for the late 80's lower-end Bordeaux that I've had. Very tannic, but with only the darker fruits showing - somewhat earthy and austere. Was poorly matched with the food (mostly seafood), so most of it was drunk between courses. I suspect this one won't get better, given the amount of fruit that seems left.
Double-decanted before leaving home (and an hour before beginning consumption). This helped a lot, as it had a fair bit of barnyard funk when opened, and this was all but gone by the time we started drinking.
Classical Lynch Bages...dinner with Strotz' and Keysers; just simply lovely. Deep, deep depth and color. Fruits and tannins well blended, and classic Lynch Bages characteristics emerging with graphite, cedar, and coffee. This is getting better and better and has years of pleasure ahead
Tasted in double-blind fashion at Vintage Wines, Ltd., with the bottle being brought by Ken Johnson. Ken stated that he had bought the wine upon release and cellared it himself. As has been the case with other wines from Ken's cellar, this wine appears significantly older than one would expect at this point. Specifically, the fruit is lacking and the tannins have all but melted away. I guessed the wine to be a 1976 left bank Bordeaux, as it was completely lacking the "stuffing" that a well-cellared '88 (especially Lynch Bages) should be showing at this point.
Stored at 55-57 degrees since purchase on release in 1991. Fill within an inch of the cork, which comes out in excellent condition. Some tartrate crystals on the inside end of the cork. Nice opening, nose of mature fruit, iron, some veggies. Good fruit on palate right after opening, nice iron/metallic notes and some veggies add complexity initially. Iron and veggies come to fore over next 30-45 minutes, to the wine's detriment, but then the fruit softens a bit and comes forward, and some ripe soft-cheese notes chime in. Further mellowing over the next hour, the veggies and iron fade to the background to meld nicely wit the fruit as it comes more to the fore. Holding its own and sipping very nicely after dinner, then the bottle is gone with us wanting just a little bit more. Medium body, good balance, medium finish with some tannins lingering at the end. In analytic mode, I would prefer a bit more fruit concentration and ripeness. In hedonistic mode, a "classic" Bordeaux for drinking , meant in a positive way, not as a cover-up for thin, weedy plonk. Very enjoyable. This should go another 5-10 years at least before the fruit starts a slow decline. A very good $24 wine, even by 1991 standards. By no means a financial investment, but an excellent investment in enjoyment. You want points? OK, this makes the grade as a 90-92 pointer. Then again, I may be influenced by setting...
Dinner at Jeff and Marya Samuelson's: Tasted beside the 1982 and 1985. The nose shows dark fruit and lead pencil similar to the 82, except that fruit is a little more dominate and is almost overripe. In the mouth this is very similar to the other two -- if anything, slightly less intense. A very nice wine, but my least favorite of these three vintages.
Every now and then you come across an incredible bottle of wine. This was one. With BBQ rack of lamb. Deep bright red colour with just a hint of brown at the rim. Wonderful Bordeaux nose - "plums" as my daughter described it. Long and lovely in the mouth - so smooth - this is one of those bottles you wished you would never finish. If 89 / 90 are the big two of the 88 / 89 / 90 vintage - the 1988 Lynch Bages is a star of 1988. For those of you who score - 92+ - and based on our experience some years of life ahead.
Tasted February 27, 2006 at an offline. Opened and served immediately in a Spiegelau Authentis Magnum glass. Garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Barnyard nose dominates with some roast meat and dried herbs. Flavors of black cherries, plum and black currants. Good wine. Drink over the short term.
Great deep color. A little musty Bordeaux styled nose upon opening which diffused over the course of an hour and a half. On the palate this was a very good wine. My initial impression was that this possibly could have shown a little better. However, by the time an hour had passed it was into its own. A wonderful, well rounded LB.
Part of our Thanksgiving vertical, which included 85, 88, 98 and 99. Medium cherry red to the faint hint of brick at the edge. Celery and spice evolving to cedary, dusty aromas. Moderate body, soft and balanced overall. Red fruit, soft tannins, acid backbone. Aroma comes through nicely into the aftertaste. Long finish. Excelllent.
LOOKING BACK ON THESE REVIEWS, I REALIZE THIS WAS FOR THE 1985...SORRY!
Part of our Thanksgiving vertical, which included 85, 88,98 and 99. This was the deepest, opaque red. Initially a woodiness overpowers the fruit. Softens in the middle with nice balance of flavors. Medium body and finish. Overwhelmed by the 85. VG to E
Clear, bright ermine-tinged ruby, with hint of bricking at rim. Rich, meaty, leathery nose, with powerful cassis, sandalwood and tobacco leaf, and a hint of something fungal. Soon developed a smokey, dusty, mineral character (nicer than it sounds!). Mouthfilling and juicy, with sweet black fruits balanced by a nice cranberry tartness and a lead pencil backbone. Hint of caramel. Long, lingering, sensual finish. Very exuberant; very fine.
Tasting of 80's Bordeaux at Seattle Wine Storage (Seattle, WA): Vitamin and mineral on the nose with some mint and tomato leaf. This is very tannic, and the fruit seems to be losing the battle here. Cherry, tart, lean, with a bit of horse. This doesn't seem to have a ton to offer, so I would just uncork with a steak and enjoy it for what it is.
Drunk over sunday lunch with a good friend along with some beef in hoi sin sauce. Wine was decanted around 2 hours before drinking. Masses of graphite/lead pencil somewhat overwhelmed the fruit in my opinion. First few tastes had quite a tight finish with some medium-strong tannins still present. However, these faded pretty quickly to leave a nicely balanced wine but one that clearly has plenty of life left in it yet. Confirmed my general impression of the 88s - "classical clarets" of good balance and relatively good QPR but without much power or sweet fruit to make them very memorable.
Lynch Bages v. Pichon Lalande Shootout - Group #10, My #8 - Full red. Forward aroma of black fruit, earth and a hint of acidity. Fairly rich round blcak fruit with plenty of pencil/coffee and round tanning. Will improve with time. 4/05
Pre-Birthday Lynch Bages Warm-up (Bouchon (Yountville)): Last had this two years ago (see last note); that tasting followed the 85 Lynch Bages and the 88 never seemd to have opened up. The present experience was much more impressive; fabulous fruits have developed..black cherry, currant, cassis. The wine was decanted, which helped and it simply jumped out of the glass...wonderful!!
Massive nose dominated initially by herbal notes, later opening up to reveal more black fruit and smoked meat. I can only describe the taste as luscious with tremendous length. Tasting beautifully now, but I would guess it would last another 5-10 years. Made a perfect accompaniment to coq au vin.
1988 Lynch Bages, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France (not blind, from memory): Black purple, dense tears. Very dense dark nose, lead, lead pencil. Plump body, dense dark fruit, very well integrated acidity and tannins. Long finish, persistent tannins, very fine. Score: 50 + 5 for optic + 13 for bouquet + 18 for taste + 8 for overall = total score of 94. Very interesting wine, needs another 5-10 or more years to mature.
Tasted Aug 2004.
Magnum. Decanted 7 hours before drinking. Riedel Syrah glasses
Tasted unblinded at Vintage Wines, Ltd. Bottle taken from my personal cellar. Bright disc. Deep garnet robe with brick rim. Clean nose, opening over 90 minutes to show moderately intense aromas of kirsch, damp earth, tar, licorice and dust. Full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity and ample sweet tannins. The flavors mirror the nose. Long, smooth finish. My notes on this wine have remained very consistent. It should continue to drink well for several more years.
Tasting three vintages of Chateau Lynch-Bages blind, second place. Lots of glycerine coating the glass, nose of cassis, cedar and leather, more of the same on the palate, saddle leather and cassis dominate the taste, lots of very soft tannins on the finish, needs seven to ten years. A lovely surprise.
Bright disc. Deep ruby/red with orange/red rim. Clean nose, showing intense black cherry, licorice, earth, coffee and spice. Full-bodied on the palate, with ample but well-integrated tannins. Similar flavors as nose. Long, fairly smooth finish. Drinking well now. Has the stuffing to drink well for several more years.
($100) The Mann's '88 Blowout: Darker at the rim than its companions. Coffee, funk, cigar box, mint, marjoram? Floral, menthol dust. Complex nose. Ripe palate with dusty, peppery fruit. Pepper finish is tight. Interesting nose and a nice ripe palate.