Grace, power and elegance, with the structure to continue aging, a nose of tobacco, cigar box, lead pencil, and herbs and a mouth full of fresh, crisp, sweet, blackberries and cassis and soft textures. Drink it or age it further, either way, this is a winner!
An excellent bottle. Purchased on release and stored in a passive cellar. Cork intact but saturated. Vibrant on the palate, and a beautiful mature red. Lead pencil, smoke, herbs with dark fruit. Clean finish. Does not have the length or the panache to be truly outstanding, but might develop further. Nice balance and should drink well for several more years.
Decanted one hour and probably needed another but this was showing well and was great with food. Again just short of great for me but excellent full bodied but balanced Bordeaux wine showing dark fruits and earth and is in a great spot right now. A-
The wine is popped and decanted for a full day before drinking, courtesy to J. It pours a maroon color with a mahogany edge and thin legs. At 12.5% ABV, I was curious as this is a blockbuster vintage. On the nose, the wine yields a bouquet of potpourri, leather, smoke and copious amounts of truffle. Perhaps it's the age, but the fruit (mostly strawberries and blackberries) is somewhat muted. On the palate, the wine is glazed with glycerin and finely integrated tannins. It is unctuous and silky. Nevertheless, there is a green streak in the wine, and that leads to flavors of peppercorns, cured meats (especially lardo), earth and truffles. Fruit is slightly more apparent here than in the nose. Acidity is quite low. Finish is of medium length, lasting around half a minute. This is a definitely enjoyable bottle; but at this price point, I believe there are better options out there. (eg: Maybach or even Araujo and Bond).
Side by side with Lynch Bages 82, 90, 95, 01. Always thought that 82 vintage is my favorite Lynch Bages, but this 90 vintage opened up after 2 hours that is an amazing wine that is a rich, complex full body wine with good layers of fruit and texture.
This bottle was at the height of the arch. Screaming earth, leather, dried flowers and antique shop with perfect sweetness to balance the very serious act. Mature, soft, glycerin bodied, and still very long..
This is the lowest I've rated this wine in the last 5 years, something I attribute more to this individual bottle than where the wine is right now. Bold nose of dark fruits and berries, light tar, cedar, white pepper, graphite, and rosemary. Tannins have settled down considerably and are now well integrated. However, the palate, while very good, was not up to the standards that this wine has set for me in the past, and thus will need to give it another try soon. This bottle had a noticeably softer cork than others from my cellar which may have been a factor in its performance. Decanted for 30 minutes and then consumed over 1.5 hours.
Jean-Charles Cazes had been through the Cave the day before and recommended the 1989 and 1990 from the years we had available. This did not disappoint, silky, smoky, dark fruit, fresh and very nicely balanced.
1990 lynch bages Color: still dark, wow Nose: very pure, crystaline, complex, monumental tour de force of terroir & wine making Palate: perfect bottle, this is a stupendous wine! Powerful with ballerina moves, a great Lynch & a pleasure to enjoy it in the company of great friends, in my opinion the WOTN
Dunn Comparative Cabernet Tasting (Chez John Morris): Served double-blind, I guessed a 1991 Napa valley floor cab. Intense, powerfully pure casis/raspbery fruit that turns darker and more graphitey and smokier/cigarish with air. The fruit in the mouth is superripe, bordering on overripe, and it's dense and thick and lush and a bit glossy and slick, a giant smooth round ball of smokey black fruit. Low-acid, the concentration and suave tannin character is impressive but it's not that complex and it's oddly a bit short on the finish. This is rather modern and 1990ish in style. I preferred the Dunn.
Drinking very well tonight, earth, tobacco, dark fruit, leather, black tea, really opened up after an hour in the glass and showed some freshness plum with a hint of red fruit and pencil lead. Soft and round in a good way, silky nicely balanced acid and tannin.
Still drinking perfectly. Classic aged Bordeaux, with incredible smoothness and balance, essence of lead pencil and leather, with soft tannins and dark fruit. Wish I had cases. While not quite up to some of the first growths, incredibly close.
Tasted yesterday in Paris with JM Cazes. Big, elegant, hedonistic wine. I would not really agree that one should wait for many years to come. Excellent drinking window now. Perfume of stable, pure terroir, truffles, Porto, tobacco, leather and dark red fruits explodes on the nose. Our table was 50 – 50 divided whether this would surpass the 2000 in the long haul. Not worth the discussion. Both are legends and MUST haves for any serious Bordeaux fan. Incredible quality!
Shane's Birthday Dinner (Otto e Mezzo, Alexandra House, Central, Hong Kong): Still a touch of purple, translucent just about. Nose is sweaty, damp saddle, sweaty horse, wet ferns and lots of sous bois. Palate is beautiful poised and harmonic integration of white mushroom , bramble fruit, autumn mists in an oak forest....stunning. Quite belly-filling. Still a puppy. Lacked the finesse of the preceding 1985 Burgundy. But a real treat and it showed brilliantly tonight, although I still prefer the 1989. Interestingly, this got totally and unanimously blown out of the water by the Ch. Montrose 1990 we drank the following evening in the same company.
Opulent, lush, rich and punchy, but also a velvety texture, full of sweet fruits, cassis and roasted-Cabernet Franc-herbs, licorice. Long finish with a strong tanninic core. What a joy to drink this hedonistic beauty now (after some hours decant). But for the full enjoyment, wait ten more years. A very great wine with its best yet to come. 94++.
BYOB dinner with Jamie Pollack (Bourbon Steak): Ripe black fruits, cassis, lead pencil, a hint of cedar and earth. Excellent concentration, ripe black fruit driven palate impression, nicely integrated tannins and good length. Served next to the 90 VCC and the 86 PLL, the nose seems a bit one dimensional for me.
1990 ANYTHING Dinner (Our house): Very similar to the bottle I had last year. Great bright red fruit on the nose. Excellent freshness, but this is still coiled. Love the ripeness and sleek texture. Will improve.
From magnum (direct from the chateau in 2013). Wonderful in every way. My WOTN but only just compared to the Cos '90. Generally full all round but clearly could improve with a few more years at least in this format.
1990 Bordeaux Dinner (Noisette, Portland, OR): The nose is rich, with scents of tart cherries, dark toast, marrow, dark earth, and a hint of cow. Earthy flavors carry across the palate, giving gentle but firm structure. The fruit is light through the whole experience, with earth in the foreground even on the finish. It's noticeably smoother with food.
Quite simply, a fantastic bottle. This is not a deep, powerful wine and I suppose someone who prefers that style will be disappointed. However, this has so many layers of flavor it is quite brilliant in its complexity. It opens with a fragrant rose-tinged cedar nose with hints of cedar campfire wood. If you have smelled fresh burned cedar, you will appreciate this subtlety. The fruit is perfectly balanced at this point with elegant hints of cherries mellow black fruit with pencil lead and black licorice. I have had the good fortune to have drank some great wines and this is one of the best.
From double magnum. Mild signs of age on the edges, but mostly still dark berry red. Great floral nose with classic cedar, plus plum and black cherries, with a almost viscous, soft mouthfeel full of dark fruit with a nice bite of acidity. Really long finish. Very nice. Lots of life left. And got better as the night went on!
Interestingly, in a tasting note of this wine from two years ago, I remarked that the 90 Lynch-Bages showed two more decades of life. It showed very well in this tasting but I would dramatically shorten the aging window. This may simply demonstrate the bottle to bottle variation not only in tasting characteristics but in aging potential as well.
This wine showed plenty of surreal nuance and complexity. Floral, rose petal bouquet. Very soft, supple and elegant in the mouth.
Fourth time I have this wine. Vertical LB 1988-2007. This one was clearly the best of the bunch. Amazing that this could beat the hell out of the other vintages with the 1996 showing such a lovely nose and palate. The 1990 however, just bursted from the glass with more intensity than the 1996 and then 2-3 more layers and better definition. High fidelity stereo vs mono! Colour vs monochrome. Defies words.
This wine was close to perfect for an aged Bordeaux. Color was still solid, no hint of brick. Nose was absolutely classic lead pencil and tobacco. On the mount, exquisitely well balanced with fruit, smooth tannins, and classic Bordeaux flavors of leather, graphite, dark fruit and hints of mineral. A really fabulous wine. Thank goodnes we have a few more bottles--this wine is not beginning to be tired.
A fine wine that has been in my cellar for decades. I pulled this bottle for New Years Eve. With the rest of the family gone, I had a great chance to try this in peace. The cork was pristine but the wine took long hours to open. The complexity is impressive. There is still some Tart fresh fruit as well as dried. Minerals, leather, & Cedar enhance the profile. Overall the wine was dark, and brooding; something you might well serve to "Ming the Merciless". This is obviously a great wine just not to my taste.
Chicago Wine Flock..."Wines that Jim Wanted to Compare" (Chez Jenkins - Lagrange IL): Tasted double blind. Open 3 hours before serving, then tasted multiple times over approx 2 1/2 hours. Very black fruit with some cigar box notes. Meaty spice on nose and palate. Tannins forward ahead of fruit, this is a powerful wine that needs more time to show its charm and potential. I still felt that way at the end of the tasting, after this wine had been open 6 hours, in glass almost 3 hours.
accessed via coravin...decanted 1 hour in glass...deep garnet in color with good clarity and ever so little fade at rim...heavenly nose immediately puts saliva glands in overdrive, so much so that you are literally licking your lips, swallowing and tasting this wine through your nose...classic yet explosive paulliac nose of ripe black currant, cigar box, mellow tar, spices and floral herbs...someone should make a room/car deodorizer with this in mind - how much would you pay for a 2000 LB Room Deodorizer? - I might go as high as $20 if someone thinks that is commercially viable...absolutely delicious on entry with black currant, kirsch and subtle notes of tobacco, chocolate and herbs through the mid-palate...impeccably structured with succulent tannins, well-balanced acidity and a refined yet long finish...the mouth-feel on this one is spectacular, oftentimes described as higher glycerin levels but experts say glycerin is not detectable by human palate, whatever the reason, this is one of my favorite wines of the year and a clear step above the 2000 PLB I had last night
A pristine bottle (cork was completely dry) kept in cellar from release. Expected more. Needs years to open up and show its true colors. Fresh and red garnet, smokey, oaky and still fruity. Tannins not resolved yet and bright acidity. Amazing potential.
At a tasting we put on for our Couples Cru of 17 present, of eight 1990 Bordeaux (Angelus, Figeac, Beausejour Duffau, La Mission Haut-Brion, Leoville Barton, Pichon Baron, Lynch Bages, Montrose). All wines purchased on release and aged in my cellar. Typical Cazes style, still dark garnet, mostly opaque, no browning at the edges. Pronounced cassis, anise, and toasty French oak. Plenty of fruit, some sweetness, perfect balance. More open than Cazes' Pichon Baron. Very long aftertaste. This tied for second place with Angelus, behind the favorite Montrose. Drinkable now, should easily hold another 3-5 years. Ric
I've probably tasted 1990 Lynch Bages 2-3 times this year and each bottle has been remarkably consistent. What more could you ask for in Pauillac? Full body, intense concentration of flavor, aromatic complexity, sensuous, elegant textures, ripe fruit and tannins and a long finish that's packed with layers of ripe, fresh berries make this a treat. The original $30 price is looking good these days.
An excellent wine but not as spectacular as I expected. Full aroma of cassis, toasty oak, mocha, but maybe just a hint of off-nose. Medium-full bodied, nice fruit but tasted slightly past its peak. Still mostly opaque. Lingering aftertaste. Other bottles of this same wine might be better...we'll see when I open the next one! Ric
HDH '90 vs '00 BDX Comparative Tasting (Chicago, IL - Spiaggia): Tough competition at this table, and while Lynch holds its own, it's a slight notch down. Profile shifts to more of a smoky nose, darker feel, and district lovely mint note that is really charming. Powerful palate, darker fruit profile than the Mouton and Lafitte, but luscious and coats the palate. Tannins are present and noticeably more course. I've loved this in the past and it's just a stop down in complexity compared to the Rothschilds. A-
Opened and slow-oxed for 1 1/2 hours prior to drinking.
Nose of prunes, dust, over-ripe black cherries, mushrooms, forest floor, cigar box and cedar, blood and roast beef.
Perfectly muted dark cherry, green pepper, dusty remnants of tannin, fig, mushroom, prune, smoky blackberries, coffee, cedar, forest floor, graphite, blood, old books, and roasted meat. Still a very powerful, complex wine. Almost overpowering flavors at times.
The middle and end of the palate reminds me of sitting in a dark wood-paneled room with tapestries on the wall, fire crackling, contemplating a wonderful book, smoking a cigar, nursing a scotch. In three words: the good life.
Amazing wine, almost completely mature, but still has a little ways it can go before the astringency burns completely off. Drink now or hold for 2-3 years for it to hit its absolute peak. Imagine this will plateau for quite a while before it begins to decline. The finish was so long, and the wine so powerful and concentrated, I can't imagine it is going to decline or decay anytime soon. If you have some of this, you're pretty lucky! Everything old-school BDX should be.
This wine continues to evolve and improve, and has never failed to impress. Purple ruby core, turning to blood red at the rim. Notes of roasted herbs, cassis, black truffle, tree bark, with hints of olive, and leather. Medium bodied, with a velvety texture, great balance, layers of flavor, amazing purity, and a long, complex and beautifully delineated finish.
Lunch with Rob. Compared to the 1990 La Mission we had along side, this was quite youthful by comparison. Bright red fruit, currant on the nose with a background of plenty of earth and leather. More red fruit, spice, leather and old wood on the palate. Fresh, vibrant and a bit tight, even after 4 hours. Long finish. This is still on the way up. Superb.
Lynch Bages Dinner (Grand Hyatt Hong Kong): Drunk from a magnum. Nose is quite floral. gentle tannins but so delicate. Great balance - the acid is still a good medium with the tannins present but clearly matured to a different level. (see previous note)
Drank with great friends and family following the '97 DC Gravelly Meadow. Wow what a special wine which changed its colors and nose as frequently as the waiters came to the table! This wine continued to get better and better!
Good dark color. A bit reticent at first even after a 4-hour double-decant but developed in the glass to show a wonderfully pure and classic Pauillac with flavors of black currants, tobacco and graphite minerals. This is a medium-bodied but fairly dense and focused wine that really needs a long decant at this point. It is very finely concetrated on the finish with wonderful notes of black spices and graphite. Just a lovely Bordeaux that still needs a few years.
Garnet, red. Nose initially filled the room when decanted. As it opened in the decanter, nose of currents, tobacco, seasoned salt showed itself. Taste was smooth, mouthfilling, cedar, spices. Finish lasted a long time. Friends at the dinner had recently had 1990 Haut Brion, 1990 Latour. They bother felt that this was showing better than those 2. Wonderful.
In 2009, for the first time Chateau Lynch Bages has introduced a third wine: Pauillac de Lynch-Bages. Produced from the Chateau’s younger vines and treated with the same care as the estate’s first and second wines, this wine expresses the best of the historic 2009 vintage. A fresh and elegant wine with notes of red fruit, spice, wood and a silky well-rounded mouthfeel to finish it off. The lighter structure makes this wine an excellent pairing with many dishes and a pleasure to enjoy right away.
“Pauillac will be appreciated by wine lovers and Lynch-Bages connoisseurs alike.” – Jean-Charles Cazes, Proprietor
Extremely beautiful and complex bouquet with dark fruits, perfume, cedar, graphite, cigar box etc. etc. On the palate aromatic as well, beautiful dark fruits, soft tannin with still a good bite. No more notes unfortunately, but this a great wine with still plenty of future.
This has plenty of life to go. Dark color with no bricking. Decanted for two hours. Nose of cassis, dark, stewed fruit, Tobacco and certainly that pencil lead from Paullac. The mouth feel was smooth from the front of the pallet to the back. It was a rich wine - but wasn't overpowered with fruit - great minerality. A truly wonderful experience.
This bottle had been opened and double decanted several hours before dinner. An incredibly open, complex, and intense bouquet, offering up notes of roasted herbs, black truffle, ripe black fruit and tapenade. Medium bodied, with a velvety texture, great depth of flavor, beautiful balance and purity, with great grip and focus on the long finish. The best showing yet of the 1990 Lynch Bages! Interestingly, we tasted this along side another bottle that had come directly from the Chateau which had been recorked in 2007; the orignal bottle (from which this tasting note comes) was superior. Commanderie de Bordeaux dinner at Lacroix.
Five Decades of Lynch Bages with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): Colour is surprisingly on the dark side. Richard Brazier commented that this was probably kept in a cold cellar as other bottles he had tried in the past were more open and felt readier. For us this is the first LB 1990 we have tried so no old notes to fall back to. The nose is full of dark fruits to start and it evolved quite a few herby, minty and light floral notes as it evolved. Some notes of mocha too that we never expected to find. On this palate it feels very young almost backward, with good ripe fruit as expected of a 1990, but with solid tannin. Still a very good wine with a lot of life ahead but nowhere near to what we expected. 92-93 from us at the moment.
We drank after 2002 opus one. Opened, decanted and poured. Smelled skunked, moldy. We're deeply disappointed. But with time it metamorphosed into a smoother balanced wine. Strong tobacco, cedar, pencil, and berry. We were experimenting with decanting and learned a good lesson. I would give this at least 1.5-2 hrs
My birthday dinner at the HK Krug Room (with Krug NV, 98 Krug, 89 Palmer). Drank over 3 hours following a 60 min decant. Pristine bottle from cellar with top fill and perfect cork. This is a wonderful Pauillac example, with the 'masculine' style of Lynch married to a very opulent style for the vintage. Still has lead, cedar and tobacco, but combined with licorice, spices, sweet cherry and blackberry (becoming cassis after time in decanter and rather spoiling the balance). Would be great, if not for a lack of depth in the middle – perhaps needs longer in cellar? … flashy but somehow never opens up to become the wine I hope for after initial impressions. Clear preference for the 89 Lynch… but I'm not a fan of the 90 Bdx style anyway.
With a rack of lamb, this wine showed beautifully. Good color with not even a hint of a brown edge, medium body with sweet fruit blended with bright acidity. All the tannins have melted away. Drink now or later.
What a sexy little beast this has morphed into. The tannins are refined and elegant. There is a lot of concentration of fruit and flavor, yet, every part of this wine is polished, plush and soft, There are no hard edges to be found. And it tastes incredibly young and fresh and improved in the glass during the night . You can age this for decades, or enjoy it today. Tasted blind, I thought it was 2000 Pichon Baron, another wine I love. If anyone felt this was the best Lynch Bages of all time, they'd get no argument from me. Why not? If they picked 1989 or 2009, I also see their point. 1990 Lynch Bages is at that same high level. this is truly a stunning Pauillac that is worth seeking out.
San Diego WineSpectator.com Offline, 7/15/2012 (Casa Red Guy): Clear inky dark blood-garnet color. Stunning bouquet of bright fresh red currants, cherries, earth, oak, river stones. More vibrant than the 1991 Montelena tasted just prior. Full-bodied, invigorating, brilliant balance and focus. Just loved it. ShaneT found this "a little short on the midpalate." If he drinks better wine than this, then from now on I'm having what he's having. My #1 and group's FIRST PLACE (tie) tonight.
Lovely bold cedar and green pepper nose, this is the most complete and balanced wine in this flight (compared to 1988 and 1989 L-B). Has the potential to age and develop further. Shows more structure than the 1989 but has excellent fruit to match. Nice stemminess present. Longest finish of this flight. Nice bit of Chinese 5-spice too.
Tasted with friends and a grilled steak. The previous review pretty much says what we experienced and this was the wine of the evening. While seemingly at its peak, I think it will continue to evolve gracefully for a decade.
La Commanderie de Bordeaux à Vancouver - 1988, 1989, 1990 Red Bordeaux (CinCin Restaurant): Slightly more youthful looking than the ’89. This had the most expressive nose of the flight with loads of cedar, Bordeaux funk, dark fruits, bell pepper and tobacco. This also takes the cake for the sweetest fruit and most supple and round mouthfeel. There’s a good deal of structure here, but the ripe and sweet nature of the tannins almost fools you into thinking there’s none. Flavours are intense, sweet and refined compared to the ‘89s more tannic and structured profile. Ample acidity keeps the round mouthfeel from being sluggish and there’s a hint of alcohol on the finish that reminds you of the hot year that 1990 was. This had the best nose of the flight; the ’89 had the best palate of the flight. Like the ’89, this should continue to develop for at least 5+ years, but this won’t be as long lived as the ’89. Excellent. 92+
Racy kirsch, ripe cherry fruit, and cedar on the palate. Great depth of flavor and balance of fruit and secondary characteristics. Medium bodied and light on the palate with tannins fully resolved, yet still sturdily framed and retaining freshness. A regal wine with finesse, persistence, and subtle power. At or near peak but should hold for 5-10 years.
Tobacco leaf, cigar box, gravel, black cherry, cassis, herbs, cedar wood, lead pencil, forest floor and earthy scents capture your attention. On the palate, with its sweet tannins, layers of ripe, fresh, black and red fruits and spice, you want to delve deeper into the wine. This is a serious Pauillac with a lot to offer. Lately, over the past 12 months, I've preferred 1989 Lynch Bages over the 1990. Prior to 2010, the 1990 had been my favorite. At this tasting, both vintages deserved high scores for different reasons. 1989 Lynch Bages is more powerful and tannic, but 1990 Lynch Bages offers a more refined, supple, elegant quality. Either way, these two back to back vintages are sublime.
Stunning. Immediately apparent the wine of the night. Earthy, tea, leather, aged orange peel. Completely crashed with the over-spiced pork it was served with but no matter. A complete wine with great mouth feel and persistence. Power without weight. Clearly outclassing everything served before it. Outstanding.
Un joli nez de truffes, de sous-bois, c'est suave. La bouche est ronde et élégante, une texture superbe, de la fraicheur, un vin sèveux mais avec beaucoup de finesse, qui se prolonge dans une finale de dentelle. Beaucoup de classe, wow! Quel vin magnifique! Mon vin de la soirée. Avec ce nez et cette rondeur, j'étais persuadé comme la presque totalité des convives qu'il s'agissait du Tertre Rôteboeuf!
May have encountered my first fast of "bottle shocked" wine. After traveling to Europe to enjoy with friends, the wine smelled off immediately. It did not seem corked, but smelled something akin to dirty diapers. After several hours of 'settling' the wine simply turned to prunes then began to have a sharp vinegar bite after more hours of decanting. So much for $200+ on this bottle...
The fill was into the neck a d the cork was pristine; another perfectly stored bottle of the 1990 Lynch Bages. Popped, poured and consumed over the course of 2 hours. A healthy purple-ruby core with no signs of amber at the rim. Notes of cassis, cedar, roasted herbs, and hints of tapenade and black truffle. Medium-bodied, with a velvety mid-palate, impressive concentration, great depth and balance, and a long, complex, and incredibly well-delineated finish.
Very tight when first opened, started to show in about an hour and just got better as we went. Intensity and favors really came through once it opened. Will let stand an extra hour next time I drink it
Black fruit, veggie, tobacco and cedar typical of the style. Still very fresh, this wine feels like it has a lot of years ahead of it.
Roasted meats and spice with licorice and hot bricks on the nose. Obviously a very ripe year. savoury, meaty character to the fruit. The cassis coming through here is very pure and rich yet paradoxically youthful and fresh - great intensity; mouthfilling flavours - really expansive across the palate, tannins quite firm but beautifully covered by the fruit. Long. A peacocks tail of complex notes rounds out the finish. Powerful and youthful even at this age - plenty still in the tank. Brimming with energy and zip.
Drunk from a half bottle and in youthful condition. Deep ruby still with hardly any rim. Great nose and palate of blackcurrants, cedar and sweet spice. Quite full-bodied and long. Except for the complexity this might be thought of as less than 10 years old.
I have had this wine at least 3 times before and I think this was the best so far. The lovely Pauillac nose with cooked green veggies and horse shit is there and in the mouth I got fab black currant, chocolate and coffee. Very easy drinking with a freshness that was lovely. I enjoy this style of Bordeaux. Classy and fresh and not over ripe fruit with too much alcohol. Nice one!
From a perfectly-conditioned bottle: Needed quite some time in a decanter to open up. Then a classic LB that is quite close to the '89 in quality with wonderful slate and mineral notes along with black fruits and smoky cassis. Medium-bodied and perhaps a touch less full than the '89 but surprisingly similar in character (I expected more lush fruit) and the terroir of the vineyard is really quite apparent. The finish is complex and I love the smoky/slate flavor that lingers on the palate but I would say well-stored bottles of this need a bit more time in the cellar.
89/90 Bordeaux Retrospective with Hart Davis Hart: Tasted after the 89, the two are certainly more similar than dissimilar. Again a rich, fat, sumptuous wine. Gorgeous nose that's similarly dark and chocolatey, but even more complex for the floral and earth components. But the palate here stands in contrast - where the 89 traded its fruit for an ashen/mineral sort of tone the 90 retains the thick, juicy fruit. It's sumptuous! I prefer the 90 stylistically, but the quality doesn't seem to differ between the two. Drinking beautifully and although I can't imagine it will improve, I don't think it's going anywhere soon either.
As always, very good. Lots of cherries, raspberries, cedar, tobacco and spice. Medium-bodied, both powerful and elegant, with great finesse and a silky texture. This wine will continue to improve over the next 5-8 years but who wants to wait. Excellent, however, I definitely prefer the Lynch-Bages 1989 with its incredible richness and youthful blueberry flavors which was the winner (97 points) in our recent 1989 Bordeaux tasting, outshining even the 1989 Cheval Blanc.
Tasted alongside Lagrange 1990, and the difference was smaller then I had expected. The Lagrange nose was darker, less cedary and less bright than the LB. The LB was more classic left bank with freshly squeezed black berries, pencil shawings, cigar, and a more complex profile all together. No thertiary aromas on any wine yet. On the palate, the weight was similar, medium weight I would say. Again the LB came across lighter bodied than I remember from previous occasions with this wine. Both were very fresh with mature fruit and low tannins. The LB was slightly longer, but they changed all the time in the glasses. Sometimes the Lagrange was more pleasant, sometimes the LB. Both were the same temperature, from my cellar, and decanted for 4 hours.
Started with a pleasant old Bordeaux smell. As time went by the quality of the wine declined. Pretty much is was a dissapointment for all who tasted it, given the price and reviews. It was not corked or spoiled. This bottle was just lacking complexity. I was even started to suspect foul play since the wine was purchased at an auction.
One whiff of the gorgeous, smoke, coffee, tobacco, plum, tapenade, cassis, spice, lead pencil and earthy perfume and you know you're tasting a great Pauillac. Blind, the wine feels like a Pomerol as it gracefully fills your palate with ripe, pure, intense, juicy plums, cassis and spice. 1990 Lynch Bages juxtaposes power with elegance. This is probably my favorite vintage of Lynch Bages to drink today. As this wine continues to develop, I would not be surprised to see it gain another point. It's a very special Pauillac with all the great qualities of the 1990 Bordeaux vintage.
Decanted and consumed over an hour or so. White pepper, leather, coffee and mocha on the nose with just a real hint of the Lynch Bages bell pepper. The palate still seemed young - not tannic, but still a little tight and restrained. Flavors similar to the nose, but not quite as pronounced. Great structure, grip and length, this is really just starting to get into its drinking window and has a long life ahead of it.
Deep purple color, bouquet of spice, fruit, smoke, tar, cedar and alcohol. The wine was extremely smooth w/ layers of flavor w/ spice and soft tannins. Medium finish. Decanted and drank immediately. Excellent balance and a lovely bottle that is drinking great now.
Decanted and drank over an hour and half. Perfectly aged. Plenty of fruit, complex flavors of ripe berries, cigar box, long finish. Last bottle of 6 and the best. Worth the wait, but should have waited on the other 5.
This is the silkiest vintage of Lynch Bages I've ever tasted. The velvet tannins and opulent textures remind me of a Pomerol. Concentrated with ripe, sweet, opulent layers fruit, this Pauillac is filled with cassis, tobacco, black cherry, earth, spice, cigar box, stone and forest floor sensations. This sublime Bordeaux wine should continue to improve and offer pleasure for decades.
fantastic wine. drank this next to a 1990 Ducru. The Ducru was sweeter on the nose, a shade paler, and tasted thin compared to the lynch. The Lynch had the stuffing to go for another 10 years - more earth and tobacco in the nose, much fuller body and a great finish with well integrated tannins.
This is the second driner of 3 bottles that I have. Like the first one it was a disappointment...flat, musty, tasteless. It's been well stored for the last 4 years or so but can't speak for it's prior life. The cork and fill were fine, decanted for about an hour but never opened up. Followed with an Aussie Merlot which was delicious
The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine; a very well stored bottle. Decanted about 20 minutes prior to dinner. A touch of bricking / amber at the rim. A very extroverted bouquet, offering up notes of roasted herbs, leather, green pepper, ripe black fruits, white truffle and a hint of tapenade. Medium bodied, with a velvety and lush mouthfeel, excellent delineation, impressive concentration and depth of flavor, and a flavorful finish. A great wine that is drinking wonderfully at present.
I really enjoyed this. A 2 hour decant had this fully open and it showed really well. Dark fruit, rich and powerful, but fully integrated wine that went really well with the food throughout the meal. A touch short of great, but this was really really good, peaking, and a pleasure to drink. A-
Cork on this bottle was in bad shape, but surprisingly after 2 hours in a decanter the wine came out much, much better than expected. Dark cherry color with some amber; "dusty" neither unpleasant nor especially noteworthy on the nose. and tannins still in evidence. Collectively we gave it a 91. We tasted it alongside a 1995 Beycheville that outscored it by a few points. Both wines went well with grilled rack-of-lamb.
Came across a bit lighter than 1 year ago, but probably bottle variation. On the nose this beauty has pure cedar wood, pencil shavings, lead, perfectly mature and fresh blackcurrants. Less flowery and excuberant than I remember. Sweet but balanced attack. Lots of weight and presence. Chewy and very easy to drink. Long clean finish (we got it blind and guessed Pauillac from 2000, it was that fresh!)
Been holding off from drinking one of two bottles, well worth the wait. On the nose you know that a treat is coming - ripe, sweet blackcherries, graphite, leather and woodsmoke. Combining exceptional power and great finesse on the palate, the length is terrific. I doubt this wine will improve further but will remain where it is for well over a decade.
Brought in to The French Laundry as our red wine for the evening. Decanted for an hour before first taste. Exquisite wine drinking extraordinarily well. Don't have a ton of experience with well-aged bordeaux as we don't have many bdx in our cellar, but this was a real treat. Purchased from a respectable store 10+ years ago when they got a shipment of older vintages directly from the winery - fill to mid-lower neck, cork was perfect. Can't mistake the bordeaux nose, with a delicate balance of fruit and structure. Saddle leather, old tobacco, cassis, cherry were most evident flavors in a profile that was rich and gained weight as the evening wore on. As we were wrapping up our dinner 5 hours after we sat down and 90 mins after our first taste the wine was solidly in its stride. Offered a glass to the Sommelier and the kitchen staff and they were soundly impressed with this bottle. While $75 corkage is stout, have to appreciate that they brought our Reidel Sommelier stems for this.
Popped and poured based on planning to drink this over a couple of nights and the ambiguous comments on CT on whether this needs a decant. Excellent fill (mid-neck) and good cork. Very dark red with little or no lightening at the rim. Poured a small amount; nose is initially quite musty. After an hour or so, the nose has cleaned up with classic Paulliac cigar box, graphite, and savory scents. On the palate this was initially a bit lacking in intensity, but clearly was ripe and close to its drinking window; after some time it began to flesh out and put on more depth. However, still not a lot of aromatic complexity; quite remarkably undeveloped for 21 years of age. One wonders whether the ripeness will retard/prevent development of secondary and tertiary nuances.
Even though this rated the highest for me, the older wines were more memorable at this stage in the wines evolution. Started with a weird musty nose that blew off. Lots of lead and cedar mixed with plum, black cherry. I think this wine will be even better in 5 years. There was a decent amount of residual sugar and some alcohol that masked the palate but the ingredients are their for greatness. I am also biased with this wine as it was the wine that made me collect and enjoy Bordeaux.
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; a pristine bottle that has been well stored -- popped, poured and consumed over the course of 2 hours. At first the bouquet was a bit restrained, but with about 30 minutes of air, aromas of cedary black fruits, truffle, roasted herbs and hints of leather and forrest floor. Medium-bodied, with a lush and opulent mouthfeel, perfect balance, incredible depth of flavor, with great grip and focus on the long and complex finish. On this night, I (ever so slightly) preferred the 1989 Lynch Bages, but I am not sure it was a fair competition; the '89 had a couple hours of breathing time, whereas the '90 was popped and poured. They are both great wines and are perfect examples of the heights that Lynch Bages is able to achieve.
Had with peppercorn-crusted prime tenderloin with horseradish-cream sauce and it paired oh, so nicely. We bought this from someone selling their cellar collection, and it was a great find. Such great balance and so perfectly integrated for drinking now. Tried a little with a vinturi and it actually shut it down, so we did not decant it. Silky, very smooth, well--balanced and richer than we thought it would be - enjoyed it over 3 hours.
I brought this with us to dinner at Bouchon; our server decanted it about 30 minutes prior to service -- the fill was into the neck and the cork was sound. A healthy purple-ruby core, turning towards garnet at the rim. This was a bit more reserved on the nose than previous bottles, offering up notes of ripe dark fruits, earth, a hint of barnyard, and roasted herbs. Medium-bodied, with pure fruit flavors, a lush texture, and impressive depth. The structure was a bit more noticeable on the finish, and I think this wine will actually continue to improve over the next few years.
Beautiful balance with nice acidity, good tertiary flavors, integrated tannins. Went perfectly with a grilled steak dinner. Bottle tasted great after a a decant and 1 hour wait, but became much silkier over the following 2 hours.
I don't drink a ton of Bordeaux, but wines like this suggest that I should look toward the Medoc more often. This was stored since release by a generous friend, and decanted for an hour and consumed over the next two.
This is really a pointe right now. The tannins are fully integrated, it retains a subtle acidity, and the fruit is now framed by alluring non-fruit flavors. In addition to sour cherries, the nose shows deep, dark fruits, leather, and coffee. It's much the same on the palate, which a silk-textured melange of mellow dark fruits and leather. Despite the deep fruit, this is not a heavy wine and remains pretty nimble. It has a medium finish. There is no rush to drink these, but it's in a really great place right now.
Bordeaux and a sweet Chenin with the Last Tuesday of the Month Supper Club. (Bill's): The La Conseillante was a tough act to follow and in comparison, this wine seemed quite a bit more reticent and clumsy. It was nowhere near as vibrant on the nose, only offering hints of black fruit and herb aromas. The palate, too, stood in sharp contrast. This wine was darker, with more of a cassis, graphite, herbal and tobacco leaf character to it. A little plump and unfocused, I’m thinking this wine could use more bottle age. A-.
The fill was well into the neck, and the cork was sound. A ruby-red color with no signs of amber. An extroverted and compelling boquet, offering up notes of roasted herbs, tree bark, ripe black fruits, truffles and hot stones. Medium-bodied, with good grip, velvety texture, incredble depth and impressive focus and delineation on the long finish. A wonderful wine that seems to be nearing peak maturity; it is drinking perfectly at present.
Decanted for 1 hour prior to drinking. This was the unanimous WOTN at a recent 1990 tasting. The wine had a deep purple color with a nose of that wafted up pencil shavings, roses and cedar. The wine had excellent fruit as well as smoky, tobacco flavors and a delicious mouth coating finish that went on and on. The tannins have evolved beautifully and while still there, they are soft and the wine is really well balanced. Drinking perfectly right now.
Peddling for Pebbles 2 (The Ledbury): Slightly muted nose, but dusty blackcurrant starting to come through. Nice tobacco element too. A little flabby on the attack and then a broad, full, expansive mid palate with reasonably soft, velvety tannins. A little light on the finish but quite persistent and long. A slightly damp-leaf element to the nose and palate. ***(*) maybe ***1/2
Decanted for 30 minutes. Deep purple color with a bright ruby edge. The nose was very subtle dark fruit. The fruit was muted black cherry and plum with hints of cassis, leather and chocolate and a fair dose of earth. The distinctive LB pencil lead was noticeable. Tannins were subdued and the balance was excellent. I expected more of a "pop" from this wine. Its elements were there, but they were subdued. Perhaps this is a closed period.
This powerful wine opens with truffle, cassis, tobacco, earth and barn yard notes. Concentrated and filled with juicy, ripe black berry and cassis flavors, this intense wine is showing well today and with more time, it's going to get better!
The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine; opened about an hour before service. I brought this from Philly down to the beach house in Pensacola a few days prior, and stored it in the fridge until opening. Clearly this bottle was a bit "shocked" and did not show as well as previous bottles. That being said, the bouquet was still rather exotic and outgoing, with notes of cassis, fennel, roasted herbs and earth. Medium-bodied, with good balance, impressive depth, and fine delineation on the finish. A touch of dilution though on the mid-palate, which I attribute to the travel shock.
Still youthful in appearance. The nose however, is completely open, and it's so lovery. There is no doubt that you are on left bank Bordeaux, but this wine has so many qualities in the bouquet, apart from the "normal" lead pencil, black currant and cedar, typical for Pauillac. There are also saddle leather, dried roses (incredible flowered nose, that is what I remember the most) and lavender. Very smooth and well balanced. No obtrusive tannins and no hard edges, very easy to drink. A great performance (the best Lynch Bages I have had apart from the 1961) and obviously in a peak drinking window! Impeccably stored, and the cork looked like a 3 year old, perfect!
Misc Bordeaux 1990 tasting - Martin: Plenty of chocolate on the nose mixed with freshly ground coffee. Some iron and pine also coming through. The palate has a solid black currant/fruit core with a solid depth. Plenty of mature fruit with just a hint of tobacco and tar. Still a very young wine and very primary. After a little while in the glass it does show some green bell pepper.
Bordeaux 1990 - 20 years later (Martins office): Dark center with an orange hue. Very pure and distinct nose with beautiful blackcurrant, leaves, licorice, tobacco and iron. The taste has similar pure blackcurrant fruit, backed by green, vegetable notes of green peppers and tobacco leaves. On the finish it’s more mineral notes of iron and pencil shavings as well as some greasy licorice and truffles. Great length and character.
The Kitchen Cabinet does Per Se (Per Se, East Dining Room): The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine; the sommelier at Per Se decanted this about 1 hour prior to service. A lovely deep red color with a hint of garnet at the rim. I am completely berzerk about the bouquet of this wine! Intoxicating notes of black fruits, star anise, roasted herbs and tapenade (Bruce said green pepper!) jumped from the glass; heavenly stuff! Medium-bodied, with a lush and velvety mouthfeel, incredible depth and impeccable balance. A wonderfully round and expansive finish; what a wine!
i seemed to be the one dissenter on this, i felt the wine was still hiding, beautiful tight friut soars out of the glass with classic LB lead and mint into a cool dark friut with tar mid palet, others felt the alcohol was showing with the friut dropping.
knowing lynch, and seeing the other recent tn's, i'd say we are in a bit of a closed stage. but what do i know.
Unfortunately without the benefit of a good decant. This was very nice, dark color, and a very nice nose. But it didn't have the finish of a great one, and seemed like it may be starting to fade a bit. It did improve after an hour and show off a bit more complexity - but even then I wondered how much longer it will go. Very nice, but I would start drinking. A-
Still a dark color, but this wine is mature and drinking really well. Not the finish of the very best of them, but this is a very nice wine and one I wish I had more of as it should hold for a while. A-/A
Dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of dried herbs, a hint of smoke, black cherries and black berries. Flavors of black berries and black cherries. Medium acidity, tannins and body. Drink with some air or continue to hold.
Moderate funk on nose likely some brett, thick leathery mid-palate with well integrated tannins and long slightly acidic finish. very complex and well preserved. Believe this will go on for many more years
The fill was into the neck, and the cork was pristine; this had obviously been perfectly stored. The sommelier at the Fountain Restaurant decanted this about 1 hour prior to consumption. A pleasing purple-ruby core, turning towards ruby at the rim; no signs of amber or rust. A heavenly bouquet, with scents of ripe dark fruits, fennel, and lilly. On the palate, this was off the charts, with layers and layers of flavor, an incredibly velvety texture and great balance. Impressive focus on the long and complex finish. There was not a hard edge to be found, but this will no doubt last for many years to come.
This was the first bottle from a case purchase, which had arrived less than 48 hours prior. I was worried about travel shock, but as the note suggests, this wine was singing!
Consumed at Whiskn"Ladle restaurant in La Jolla with succulent spring lamb, fresh peas and mushrooms. The bottle was pristine and was provided by Ken Johnson. Similar impression as 1/25/08...this wine is the real deal. Drink now-12/20.
Lynch Bages vertical (Morton's NYC): Sweet, lush, beautiful. Soft, silky, fleshy fruit, good herbal and tobacco notes. Nice long glycerine finish. A wonderful wine, but edged out by the 1989 with its firmer structure. My #3 of the night. A--
The 1990 Lynch Bages showed a little lightening at the rim, and like Jon I though it had the best nose of the younger wines. Agree with Jon also that it had plenty of fruit and great balance. Lots of cassis and meaty notes. It was full-bodied and had some beginning complexity, a real lush ripe fruit presence on the palate, and a nice finish with really smooth tannins.
Tasted at an offline. Dark garnet color in the glass, really pretty hue. Nose of tobacco, white pepper, herbs du provence, thistle and black cherries. Flavors of black cherries, black berries and a hint of bitters on the medium to long finish. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink now with some air or continue to hold.
Popped and poured. Ruby appearance, no bricking visible to us (though not great lighting). Dark chocolate/cocoa on the nose at first, with a hint of barnyard at first, this opened up to add some blackcurrant and dark fruits. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with more chocolate and spice flavors. The finish is the most impressive part of this wine. It lasted and lasted, we basically stopped counting.
After reading other tasting notes on this wine my own thoughts may come as a bit of a surprise but i found this rather disappointing. Lacking in power. The fruit seems to have given up the fight and taken the day off. Good chance that at 2 hours i gave it TOO much time to open up. A little short and a little lacking in acidity. On the plus side the nose promises well , the tannins are smooth and round and medium weight. My overall impression ? Drink up ! its on the way out...
Much, much better than the bottle we had last year. Very rich and complex nose with huge blackcurrant, cedar and sweet spice (particulalry allspice), impeccable rich, pure fresh tobacco leaves, a slug of dark chocolate and v. slightly dirty. On the palate there's more of the same, especially the chocolate, spice and blackcurrant. Medium tannin, medium acid, finish lengthens with time in the glass and could be slightly longer but all in all this is one of the best Bordeaux I've yet had.
Saturday Tasting Group (Knightsbridge Wine Shop (Northbrook, IL)): Deep dark royal purple color. Completely opaque black at the center. Enormously aromatic. Funky and terroir driven displaying neatly wound leather and menthol aromas. Black truffles, balsamic glaze and some dark tomato soup mixed with blackberry liqueur. Barnyard flavors mixed with hay and dark blackberry pancake syrup. Yummy and delicious. Drinking very well at this age. One of my favorite Lynch-Bages of all time. An excellent showing in a world class vintage. Cheers!
Beautiful looking, musty tasting. The cork on this could be pushed in with a finger. A badly stored bottle that I didn't have much hope for to start with. After two flawed bottles of different Bordeaux tonight, we decided to dedicate the evening to purging the cellar of a number of questionable-looking bottles.
Nice classic notes and showing young and a little tight -first I thought this was a victim of too little decanting but as the evening progressed this bottle just didn't have the love to share. Overall nice but lacking the complexity in both flavor profile and structure. Good but not as good as this can be.
Kruger's 75th (Corsair): Wow. Writing these TN's a month later and I can still taste this one! Super concentrated throughout. Dark chocolate, creme de cassis, tobacco, and tapenade. The nose has a distinct charred meat characteristic, slightly toasty. The palate is coated with rich black fruits and chocolate, spices, and moderate tannins. Sweet fruits and spices with touches of earth. Not quite as complex as it will become in the future, but this singing to me that day.
Always a spectacular wine. Textbook Lynch-Bages with tobacco leaf, graphite and cassis. Very mineral and savory for quite a while, but 4 hours after sitting in a decanter there is getting a sweeter core of black cherry fruit that is finally coming out. Faintly dry on the finish but overall much more supple and silky than a few years ago. This is rounding into form, still quite young with plenty of time ahead.
The wine opens with ripe, cassis, tobacco, spice and tobacco. Full bodied, with soft round tannins, the soft, elegantly styled, fruit filled finish expresses ample, ripe fruit character. My favorite vintage of LB for current drinking.
A lesson on the ageability of fine Bordeaux - still fairly young, with firm tannins which are just starting to soften. Very drinkable at this age with lots of dark fruits (cassis, blackberry) and that classic lead pencil/graphite aroma along with some grilled meat. Excellent overall balance and a nice long finish. Definitely ranks among the best Bordeaux I've ever had. Still at least another decade ahead for this wine.
Like my prior experience with this bottling, not much but Brett on the nose and palate. I believe they were from the same source and likely cooked, so I won't score it. Previous experiences with this wine have been very good, but this lot is not.
Decanted for 30 minutes before drinking and still somewhat closed. This wine is delicious but still a baby - just entering its drinking phase. Dark ruby with cherry, cassis and cedar flavors. No signs of age at all - I would think it was a 5-year old first growth if I didn't see the label. There is deep, rich underlying fruit and balanced, but noticeable tannins. Really great now but will be sensational in 5-10 more years.
This really disappointed me, considering its prestige and the praise this wine regularly receives. The nose was far too alcoholic, though rich and pretty complex, and the palate just didn't wow me, though had a good amount of dark fruit and spice with a nice long finish. The wine was very leathery, which I kinda liked, but just didn't do anything particularly outstanding for me. I'd be interested to try a different bottle, or different vintages, but from this showing, I wasn't too impressed (don't get me wrong, it was an excellent wine, just not deserving of the price).
Nose: A wonderful but slightly different nose than that 1989. My initial impression was that it was slightly more muted than the 1989. Also - the 1989 had a larger raspberry component as well. But with those minor things out of the way - the 1990 Lynch Bages also gushes out of the glass with layers and layers of complex and alluring scents. Oodles of dark red bush and tree fruits, and some smoke components combined with an alluring soft wood smell. Leather and cassis intermingle in folding layers too.
Palate: A very fine taste. Rich, hedonistic, seductive, demure. A very crammed wine with tons of fruit extract that coat that palate all over and has an impressive run from attack through finish on the palate. I perceived a lower level of acid than the 1989 Lynch Bages - but that's OK. Pure velvet - keeps changing, one can spend a lot of time with this bottle.
Overall: Many people have had heated discussions around the 1989 vs. the 1990 as to which one is superior. They are different, but yet similar. For me, I fall on the 1989 side of the discussion. However, this 1990 is so amazing as well that have to say that I would be most pleased if I had the choice to drink either. 94-95 points.
Lynch Bages Vertical 1961-2005 (Sweets and Savories, Chicago IL): nose: different from the 89, but still provides a lot of intrigue. Deep and showing off the vintage with sweet red and black cherry tones, fruitcakes, red and black currants, cedar, pencil lead, smoke, and bits of saddle leather. Very deep and complex, but with a sweetness to it that is very enjoyable and pleasing
taste: very deep and layered with sweet tones of red and black cherries, cedar, pencil lead, smoke, leather, along with red and black currants forming the base. Well layered with a plushness to it while still being very much bordeaux and very much lynch. It just unwinds slowly on the palate and has great medium body to it with still good tannins
overall: a great companion to the 89. There will probably be forever a debate between bordeaux lovers that have had these wines which one is their preference. On this night for me, it was the 89, but it was a 1 and 1a type situtation. This was a supreme wine that just did everything at a much heightened level and was a real delight.
Mooie volle rode kleur, neus is licht wat stal en erf maar ook nog mooi rood fruit, klassieke neus en komt fris over, smaak is zijde zacht met veel balans en diepgang, mooi rijpe tonen en veel karakter, tannines zijn al mooi opgenomen in de wijn, genieten
A wine that requires no patience is the 1990 Lynch Bages, a wine that fights well above its Fifth Growth weight class. It is one of the friendliest wines I've ever met. It is the labrador retriever, it is the friend that lets you crash at his place, it is the girlfriend that tells you to go to Vegas with your buddies and means it. From a wine perspective, the thing I love about it is how it pops. I could go through the deep cassis, the dollop of vanilla, the extravagent weight in the mouth, the lush rich waves of dark fruit mingling with tobacco, earth and spice. This wine wasn't the most profound wine of the night, but impossible not to enjoy.
Sunday night with Bordeaux and some lamb (Seattle, WA): A slow burn. Typical Lynch-Bages nose, lots of tobacco, hints of good green. A wall of fruit and structure on the palate, a huge monolith of a wine. Still, with the lamb this unwinds quite nicely and really opens up. Very primary, direct, dare I say linear, but just glorious raw material here. I really should let these sleep, but this is a fun wine to check in on now and then, and this bottle was certainly quite enjoyable.
Tasted March 12, 2008. Opened and served immediately. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Elegant nose of plums, briar patch, florals and a hint of smoke. Flavors of rich berries, plums, cherries and minerals. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full body. Drink now with a decant or continue to hold WOTN for me.
over 2 dagen gedronken, in eerste instantie vrij gesloten neus, licht wat chemisch iets fruitig nog en wat aards, later meer herkenbare tonen als cassis en cederhout, smaak is zacht en soepel, vrij laag in de zuren en wat plakkende tannines, wijn komt geconcentreerd over. heeft aandacht nodig
Tasted in single-blind fashion at Vintage Wines, Ltd. Medoc tasting. Deep garnet robe with bricking at the rim. Beautiful, intense bouquet of cardamom, assorted black fruits, mushrooms and leather. Full-bodied on the palate, with low acidity, melted tannins and complex flavors which mirror the nose. Long, smooth finish. Absolutely stunning stuff! Drink now-12/20.
Very reticent at first it needs oxigen to open,then improve continuously in the glass it boasts powerful and complexity layer of layer of mature fruits,silky tannins,perfect acidity will last for many many years.
Not decanted. Single bottle lot purchased locally at a charity auction. Dark, purple-red with just the faintest hint of lightening on the edges. For us, a typical Pauillac nose-- tobacco, earthy, some graphite or pencil lead. Lovely nose. Some black fruits on the palate along with the ever-present tobacco--with a nice long finish. Very elegant and lovely--drinking very nice with about 15-20 min of air.
Kitchen Tasting Group does Lynch Bages: Dark red color. Looks extremely youthful. Soaring nose gives an impressive expression of black fruit, tobacco, mushroom, funk and floral notes. Ever so slightly roasted fruit. Awesome. In the mouth this gives complex flavors of dark fruit and tobacco with some mineral notes. The texture is divine. Perfect balance. Smooth tannins. Great length on the finish. Really good with great potential to develop further with additional bottle age.
Dark, red, ruby color with lightening around the edges. Cassis & smoke on the nose. Full bodied. Silky, lush black fruit on the palate. Surprisingly accessible. This has more in common with the 85 than the 89. Good, but not great. Will improve with a few additional years of bottle age
Open for four hours, decanted in the last hour. Color is still suprisingly dark around the edges for its age. The nose is very pretty. Lots of flowers, blackberry, tobacco and earth, all of which follow through on the palette, stretching out on the long finish. The mouthfeel is very silky, but also carries a weight that is suprising for it's 12.5% alcohol content. This is all about Old World elegance and class. Paired deliciously with game hens with a red currant sauce.
Dinner at Wilfred's (New York City): Lynch-Bages can be a bit linear and monolithic, but the 1989 and 1990 sure are fun to drink. This 1990 was no exception. Big, burly, black, and medicinal with an explosion of Pauillac tobacco. What's not to love here? Just textbook Pauillac.
7/07 tasted off Sparks restaurant list - Earthen nose - dark ruby red - cherry fruit with a structured and layered tobacco oak chocolate finish - needed time to open and breath - good balance and interesting wine. 92 pts.
What a treat. Thanks Bob. Previously decanted and aired, this wine is the real deal...the reason why we all collect, cellar, and drink wines. The ridiculously smooth texture and mouth feel of this wine have to be tasted to be believed. The dark black currant and plum fruit is still gorgeous, supple, and fresh, and the LB is so polished and viscerally fun to drink that it defies description. There's also an earth side to this wine that shows black truffle, as well as some cigar box. One of the top wines of the night.
Tasted April 13, 2007 at an offline. Opened and decanted about 3 or so hours before serving. Dark garnet color in the glass, slightly dusty looking towards center. Nose of cedar, graphite, black currants and anise. Flavors of anise, black berries and black cherries. Medium to full acidity, medium tannins and medium to full bodied. Needs more time in bottle. Hold. No rush here. Downgrading my previous rating of WIML94 to WIML93.
A very ripe wine: more fruit than earth-driven character. Feels overdone after several less-overt wines. Will clearly benefit from time. Undoubtedly not the better for being served after several more refined wines.
Drank 3/24/07 in a blind tasting and lost out to a 2000 Bond(Melbury?).The wine took 3-4 hours to open up and at it's peak was very good,i was a little disappointed as the82 Lynch Bages was one of the most enjoyable wine experiences of my life.I think it still needs a few more years.
Seattle Tasting Group does Pauillac (Seattle, WA): Quite reticent at first with 90 minutes of decanting. Surprisingly hollow on the mid-palate, but this does explode on the finish. Does it just need more air? Yup, this starts to open up with amazing charcoal and mineral notes. Toothsome, tannic and quite young. A reticent showing. I retasted two hours later, and AHAH, this has opened up. Very nice tobacco notes now. Much thicker and more spicy on the midpalate. This bottle needed a LOT more air to shine.
(at Corks – Baltimore) Pretty good, but overall a little disappointing. Classic black current flavor profile. I was hoping for more depth and explosiveness. This is drinking very well now – a delicious, but not profound bottle. (17)
Sweet 16 Party for our Bordeaux (Triomphe): Wow. A dark, expressive, opulent wine. A classic Pauillac that is absolutely singing right now. I had had it back in May and thought it was firing on all cylinders then, but this blew that away. The wine was decidedly Bordeaux with notes of leather, lead and earth, but the fruit was so sweet and emphatic that one could easily mistake it for a California Cabernet. In the mouth it was lush with rich waves of dark fruit mingling with tobacco, earth and spice. The acidity was tucked in nicely behind the fruit and carried the finish on and on. A phenomenal effort.
Rather reticent nose. Graphite and tobacco on the palate with hints of darker berries. Lots of weight and a bit hard on the finish, but clearly more from youth than any fault. Clearly a very good wine, but would benefit from a long decant at this point.
Intense, formidable, brooding with powerful tannins and a super-long finish. It still seems young and capable of improvement, though you search in vain for fruit flavors that could make this an extraordinary wine.
Wow, this is young, almost painfully. The aromatics are barely evolved, just black cherry, graphite, rocks and a gorgeous floral note. The palate, mmmmmm, what a palate. Huge, weighty, fantastic grip, loads of ripe fruit, red moving to black, just drenched in minerals, tobacco, graphite. A real thrill ride. This needs lots of time, but it is always a pleasure.
Tasted February 27, 2006 at an offline. Opened and served immediately in a Spiegelau Authentis Magnum glass. Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Closed nose, tight as a drum. Swirled a little leather notes out of it after a while. Some flavors of black and Bing cherries. This wine is still not open for business in my opinion. I’ll be rescheduling my first bottle for tasting in 2010.
Mooie volle rode kleur. In de neus mooie rijpe fruitigheid. Cassis, kersen met ook wat kruidigheid, laurier en tabak. Veel indrukken maar alles mooi op z'n plaats. In de smaak weer dat rode fruit en rijpe tonen. wijn is elegant maar je proeft dat er nog veel leven en kracht in de wijn zit. alles weer mooi in balans, goede structuur. Finesse. lange zachte afdronk. Mooie ronde tannines zijn aanwezig.
Cabernets from around the world (Kungsholmen, Stockholm): This bottle had not survived 13 years in a too hot and dry closet, therefore not rated. Under a veil of wet cellar scent there was some coffe, leather, barnyard and cedarwood. Spicy, with a grassy diminished Bordeaux-taste, unfortunately also some used tea-bags. What a pity...
It has been years since I have had the '90. It is brooding and massive. Classic bordeax scents are immediately present: leather, hint of funk, pencil shavings and cigar box. Extremely dark with no signs of fading this decade. (or probably the next) Rich and lush across the palate with black cherry and earthiness, slightly tannic with some spice on the finish. The wine is screaming for a steak...The palate adds richness and layers with about an hour of air.
After 4 hours, this is just exquisite and has added a ton of weight...great stuff.
Classic Bordeaux nose with lead pencil, fruit and as noted elsewhere, a bit of that barnyard, gamey aromas as well. We were surprised, in that this was extremely smooth, soft tannins, good dark fruit, relatively low acid. Seemed very much ready to drink. The wine will last, but won't really improve. After open ~1 hr, it had, however, smoothed out, some of the barnyard nose was clearly volatile and gone, and it was even more satisfying as a classic, mature bordeaux. A wonderful wine.
Consumed at Frank Noble's annual Christmas luncheon (at Gemelli restaurant). Bottle provided from my personal cellar. Although a formal tasting note was not made, it can be said that the wine was absolutely delicious, well-structured and early in its drinking window. For me (and many others) it was the wine of the afternoon (among several outstanding bottles).
Bordeaux looking out on Lake Michigan (Winnetka): Todd tried this last two years ago and said it wasn't ready, try again in two year so we did! This is a monster Lynch Bages with teeth gripping tannins prominent in the mouthfeel. Nevertheless, it is coming around..fruits include plums and cassis, cedar, and a bit of green pepper, and a touch of anise in the finish that goes on and on..lovely balance; 1 hour later in glass it was even better! Great future prospect, 92 is my current score but this has upside potential
The Event: We gathered our wives, headed to our local C Club. We opened a 2001 Etude so they would keep their hands off the LB, which we decanted for two hours. Both noses were unmistakably Bordeaux and great. The 1990 in particular, was more "barnyard" but not off-putting in the least. Both were purple, the 1990 maybe a bit more heading to a slight bricking. The 1989 mid-palate was pronounced, full of flavor, the tannins are still there. This wine is awesome but still has years to go. The finish was there and was very good. A great wine. The 1990 was more velvety and darker, perhaps brooding. The midpalate wasn't as pronounced but there were no complaints. Cedar, spice, cassis, all there, just not as mouth filling as the 89. Then the finish. IF you tried to run, it would come and tackle you from behind. Unbelievable. After swallowing, I tasted as much flavor and length as when the wine was in my mouth. The biggest Bordeaux finish I think I have ever had. The 1990 is more approachable now but certainly has some years ahead too. These are different wines but both are very representative of LB. I rate each 96 pts and re- confirm why I love good Bordeaux so much.
Lynch Bage vs Pichon Lalande 1986, 1988, 1989, 1995 plus 3 Ringers: Groups 4th place and my 2nd place vote out of 11 Bordeaux served blind. Nose: Complex classy Bordeaux earth tones with minerals, cherries and cedar Palate: Toasty and rich. Good mouthfeel. Ripe dry cherry, minerals and some smoke. Well rounded and smooth rich lingering finish. Solid and classy. Drinking well.
I am a big fan of Lynch Bages so I was very glad to try this wine and it did not disappoint. Packed and stacked throughout. This is a big/rich and still complete/complex bottle of wine. Seamless integration of fruit/oak/acid. My #1 wine over the '90 Pichon Baron and '90 Angelus tonight.
Tasted 12/99 - still too young. Nice fruit, but still quite forward and lacks complexity and integration. 90pts. Group #4, My #7 - Opaque red/crimson with some lightening. Forward aroma of spicy briar red fruit and sweetness. Tight structured black fruits with cofee finish. Some pepper too. Drinking sooner than the 89. 92 pts. 4/05
Dinner at Harvest Vine (Seattle, WA, USA): This was a pristine bottle with a high fill and a spotless cork. The moment we opened it the nose reeked of tobacco and cigar box. With more air the aromatics yielded up an amazing note of cocoa powder followed by spicy cedar and then a return to tobacco with a hint of brett and leather. The palate was approachable from the get-go with initial notes of graphite and smokey minerals that were quickly swallowed by masses of black fruit. The mouthfeel was impeccable, lush and rich as any good 1990 should be, yet very well balanced and with good focus. The finish initially showed some drying tannins, but with air this smoothed and lengthened considerably. Mmm, this is such a fun, pleasurable young wine with loads of life ahead, fantastic claret!
1990 Lynch Bages Pauillac I rank this as #3 of the night. It would take #1 from many tastings. Outstanding! Went from flavor to flavor. From Dark blackberries and currants to dried herbs, to bell pepper…. VERY aromatic. Mouth filling to a fault, with great texture and flavor. One of the best bottles of Lynch I’ve ever had.
STG - woopin it up at Roys (Roys Crib): This is a monster of a wine, big and dark. It seemed like a baby compared to many of the other wines even the 89. I guessed LB on this (I guessed LB on many of the other wines too) because of the cedar on the nose. In addition to cedar there were massive black fruits, leather and some oak hiding in the background. The finish was very long.
Year end SG Dinner #2 (House of Hersh): This was far more open and approachable then the 89. The nose was sweet and smoky. The palate was well balanced but young and explosive. If you like fruit forward wines that are still pure Bordeaux, this is for you.
Seattle Tasting Group 'End of Year Dinner' #2 (Sammamish, WA, USA): Most tasters preferred the prior wine, but for me the 1990 curled my toes a bit more. Even more ripe than the 1989 with sheer masses of black fruit, graphite, and some younger notes of caramel and vanilla. Eventually a really cool tarry element appeared. The palate was dense and extracted, absolutely stunning with so much minerality and then, oh that finish, it just keeps going for a minute! For me this was just so hedonistic and rich that I forgave the fact that it was less well defined and less complex than the 1989. What a great showing from this pair!
The 1990 Lynch Bages was very nice, not off but not as silky as I recall previous bottles. There was the classic bordeaux nose and fruits, but this bottle lack the 1990 elegant mouth feel that I have become to expect. Somewhat of a let down but the resturant was wonderful and I expect to return soon.
Sending off the in-laws (Seattle, WA, USA): The nose starts with charcoal and sweet, almost caramel infused fruit. With air the tobacco starts to come out and then black cherry. At first, the palate was black and medicinal, bruising, an absolute kick in the teeth, slightly astringent, just drenched with salty minerals. However, with 3 hours of air this became sweeter and much more giving. Eventually this had a total reversal, showing an amazingly plush texture with not a hard edge to be found, screaming of tobacco and sweet fruit, drenched in mineral. With roasted lamb-loin and then some harder cheese this was a heavenly match!
Tasted at Handford's, in same flight with 1990 Palmer and 1990 LLC. Quite opaque ruby, with brick tinge around the edges. Nose was a bit off - cooked vegetables, clay - perhaps heat damage? The palate is disappointing - quite harsh and surprisingly austere. Should wait another 5-10 years, but I'm not sure it would ever be great.
Tasted at '89/'90 Bordeaux dinner at El Bizcocho. Bottle provided by Marshall Banker. Bright disc. Deep ruby robe with red rim. Clean nose, showing moderately intense aromas of kirsch, brier, leather and vanilla. Full-bodied on the palate, with big sweet tannins, low acidity, silky mouth texture and similar flavors as for the nose. Long, smooth finish. Nicely paired with the braised veal cheek (with savoy cabbage and serrano prosciutto in orange juniper berry sauce).
Medium red. Scents of vitamin-pills. Also some dough. Strong in the mouth. Hard and rejective. Difficult to taste and evaluate. Somewhat diffuse in my opinion. It was really hard to decipher the elements here. I kept trying to analyze the structure and characteristics, but to no avail. The nose was intrigueing and I actually found myself smelling the wine more than wanting to consume it.
Tasted at Patrick & Naoko's. Inky black in the glass (gee that SHOULD have been a giveaway). Loads of oak, somewhat medicinal, black fruit, coffee. I found this one to be acidic, tannic and rather astringent with a tight finish. This was consistently my least favorite WOTN. I guessed '89 Lynch Bages, but in fact this was '90 Lynch Bages.
outstanding nose, richness, nice complexity, good-great finish, got sweeter, more open and more complex with time but retained an intense concentrated pure fruit streak right down the middle, even fuller bodied than the '82 Talbot brought by Jim & Shari,
Tasted at wine bar at Vintage Wines, Ltd. Opaque mulberry with violet rim. Intense currants, oak, plum and characteristic Lynch Bages "paper paste" on nose. Palate follows. Full body, medium soft tannins. Medium, slightly hot finish. Nice, but needs time.