This is in a great place, and this was a really good example. Classic claret profile with cedar, a bit of funk, earthy fruit, wonderful balance of acids-fruit-tannins. It has a resolved motuhfeel while still packing a wallop. This could go a point higher still.
Typical old bordeaux nose. Bottle showed signs of seepage. Huge funky, musty nose, earth, wet forest floor nose. Very easy to drink. Not much left here. It has seen its best days. The color when pouring was fantastic and the wine looked like it was only a few years old, which shocked me. But the power and tremendous flavors had left the building on this particular bottle.
Opened about 1 hour prior to serving. The nose evolved, with brett dominating at first before giving way to more green, herbal aromas. As the wine opened up it showed more cab franc influence, with bell pepper and jalapeno notes. This was side by side with barnyard, dried leather, black cherry, and cassis. The tannins are fully resolved now, and they do a lovely job working with the remaining fruit. This is in a great place, showing complexity and balance along with the classic mature Bordeaux element, sheer class. Drink up.
Bright red/Orange colour. Smooth delicate Bordeaux with typical mature notes. Suprised that the wine is still that nice. Maybe an other 1-3 years to go. The wine looks orange colored. The legs are slow. There is light sediment in the bottle.
Vidunderlig vin! Dekantert 2 timer, frisk stall og mørke blomster på nese, mer mørk blomst og markjordbærstein på munn. Vennlige tanniner, frukt fremst, laaang. Lys, men ikke brun. Stønner, heter det på norsk!
Tried to drink this with dinner the other night. Color was very impressive for an '83. Nose was rich with red fruits and light floral notes. The palate however did not hold up. We tried letting it breath for a bit to see if it would open up and it never did.....pretty bummed out. Tried again about 2 hours later and the wine had lost its color and the palate never came around. Probably improperly stored by the previous owner.
Wow, after a 3 hour decant this wine is incredible. Milk Chocolate, vanilla cream, a hint of mint, herbacious notes on the nose. Beautiful purple color to the rim belying its age. Nice legs. Medium mouth feel with flavor profile matching the nose with the addition of terroir and sense of place. Smooth silky mid palate with integrated tannins but expressive longer life in this wine. Finish was smooth and consistent with flavor profile. Excellent and sure wish I had more.
A little austere, but has that classic Pauillac lead pencil bouquet. There's also loam, cranberries, minerals, a hint of green. Tobacco appears after some air. To taste, it's brightness married to dry dark fruit. A bit lactic. Still holding together, with some good midpalate weight. Finish gives strong notes of cedar, lead pencil and ash. Smooth mouthfeel, resolved. Classy and understated, very nice. Old School.
Aromatic sweet red fruit, jammy nose,with hints of cedar and leather. Soft on the palate, but perfectly balanced . Medium body, yet delicious fruit still. From magnum, stored in temp controlled cellar since acquisition. At peak now, drink it up soon.
1983 Bordeaux Blind (Berkeley): Group's #7; my #1; 3 first; 2 second; 0 third; 6 last. Aromas and flavors of red fruits, cherries, menthol, spice, and oak. Lighter bodied wine with refreshing acidity and a long finish. The fruit stared to fade and the oak dominate this wine when I re-tasted a few hours later.
Clear, clean claret. Fully mature. Beyond its peak but not over the hill. The Pauillac posture is intact and supports a nose that carries notes of loam, cedar and eucalyptus. The tannins have soften to a whisper. Dry fruit and sufficient tartness for a clean, albeit short finish. The quality in a bottle of wine this old and from a not so renown vintage, comes from great terroir preserved by maintaining the case in careful storage and the impeccable provenance of the auction house.
Sorry, no notes. At tasting with wine guy. Still going strong. Classic Lynch with great fruit still in play and terroir expressive of Lynch. Compared to Pichon Lalande profiles are similar with Lynch carrying more fruit in aging.
Nice showing for this bottle with sweet red fruit still present and a menthol eucalyptus smell and flavor up front...the tannins were soft and balanced but the finish got a bit vegetal and off putting.
Decanted for 1 hour, drank over 2. Great stinky old Bordeaux. Earth, barn yard, smoke, BBQ and leather on the nose. The palate matched with a gritty texture. This seemed a little shallow in the mid palate. Medium finish. Held up fine in the glass, but I would drink in the next few years.
This wine is still amazingly vibrant and flavorful. Retains its ruby red color with a soft nose. Lovely cherry fruit with a minty mid-palate drape and a nice smooth oak finish. We paired it with lamb chops on the grill with sauteed spinach and mushrooms, which it complemented well and did not overpower.
Still very vibrant. Cassis, anise, a bit of funk, tangy spiciness on the back side; moderate, somewhat peppery finish; subdued oak, silky smooth tannins, good fruitiness. While this shows a definite maturity, I would never have guessed it was 29 years old - still going strong.
We pulled this from the cellar while looking for a wine to pair with our Thanksgiving duck. The cork was a bit scary and there was quite a bit of chalky residue under the foil but still a classic French beauty. We’re going to enjoy it on its own, would not recommend much decanting though this one still has a few years left in it (but share with five others the fruits fall off quickly). Four out of five yums.
I had this at a friends birthday party on 1/29/11. It had had a wonderful bouquet of barnyard, truffle, red cherry, spice, leather and cedar aromas. The palate was round, smooth and fully integrated with flavors of truffle, red cherry, leather and spice.
1980s Bordeaux; 6/18/2010-6/20/2010: For me, this had the best acid/verve zestiness, that gave it great freshness and length. Classic Pauillac bouquet of cedar, cigar box and lead pencil. Delightful and fully mature.
Served at our "Remember the 80's" tasting. Medium coloring with some bricking on the rim. A nose of sweet black fruits, some chocolate and a bit of ground beef on the back of the palate. For a so-so vintage quite good, but starting the downhill slide from maturity's plateau.
Maturing color, some bricking at edge, bright and clear. Plesant bouquet with good complexity and waves of cedar and leather components pouring out of the glass. On the palate the red fruit core is quite mature iin this middleweight which was a little coarse at first but after an hour it presented the balanced palate of a well made mature Pauillac.
Leo's Blind Tasting Group - March '10 edition (Braeburn, NYC): Much darker in its flavour profile than the Gruaud Larose; dark fruits and cassis here with graphite and herbal touches, but what sets this apart (and not in a good way) is the sensation of oak and tarry notes - and the texture's also nowhere near as polished, feeling much more tannic and abrasive.
Last of a case consumed over the previous 8 years. Cellared in temp control, fully mature, refined tannins, brown edges opened and poured. Tar and lead on the lead nose right out of the bottle with a bit of a bitter finish but, disappears after 15 minutes. Full rich flavor of refined fruit, deep and strong on the finish. Totally enjoyable but, fading a little in comparison to previous bottles and after an hour and a half fading slowly.
nose - showed some evolution with time. Smoky, cocoa, mushroom mouth - light red cherry, tea, mushroom. decent complexity aged claret, nothing powerful but still a good midpalate. A good wine for simple food. i have not had the good fortune to sample this wine at an early phase, however, i would guess it to be past prime. drink up.
Long cork was entirely wine-stained but had a dry top and came out in one piece easily. Decanted just for a couple of min to ensure it was ok...rebottled, vacuumed, and then consumed at restaurant with steak. Classic Paulliac with loads of bell pepper/greenness. Not too old and will hold for a while but unlikely to get much better. Enjoy now.
WineFanatic Bordeaux Offline (Vancouver, BC): Tasted blind – nice medium red with a slight browning throughout. Slight barnyard, cedar, red cherry notes and hints of baking spice. Silky mouth feel. Medium body and acidity, resolved tannins with a lengthy finish. Best nose of the Lynch Bages trio (’83, ’85, ’02). Went back to this an hour later and it had faded quite a bit. Drink now. Excellent.
Appearance: 9 Dark, glittering, find brick colour. Looks younger than it is. Off course it include some nice legs. Nose: 29 Tremendous, typical Pauillac at it's best: Ceder, leather, truffles, peber and still a good portions of black currant. Palate: 48 Full bodied, smouth but with perfect austerity to give this wine the designation of trully classic wine. If one had, not seen the lable I would had guess that this was 10-15 years old. Balance: 10 It does not get much better. A powerful, yet elegant topwine at its' peak. Valuation: ****** Maturity: Now - 10 years It is fantastic now, and will proberly not get better, but I think, however it could stay for 10 years more, and still be a wine of geatest interest.
This bottle was truly fantasic. Strong saddle/horse, spice box, lovely fruit, a hint of brett and varnish. Totally resolved tannins and sprectacular smoothness and intensity. Tasted next to the Las Cases 1983 - which didn't have a chance tonight.
Left bank Bordeaux: Dark red center with a browning rim. Needed some air to open up on the nose with notes of blackcurrant and prunes. Good intensity on the palate with powerful blackcurrant, very rustic, with lots of iron and graphite on the midpalate and prunes on the finish. Still needs time to come around but shows nicely.
See my note on '82 Ch. Rouget which we drank at the same time as this. Also see my note from last year on another '83 LB. After that experience, I acquired five bottles of my own. We drank this bottle with grilled lamb and enjoyed it as much as the earlier bottle. Mature but fresh and elegant. I see no reason to lower my rating!
I'll add a few points the my uncle JBBridge's note from the same bottle: This wine had an advanced color with some orange-bricking at the rim, but indeed seemed much younger on the nose and palate. In addition to the overtones listed in the accompanying note, there were subtle notes of horsey/barnyard, but in no way did they detract from the enjoyment of the bottle. The mouthfeel is balanced, with the tannins resolved--I agree this wine is a point, but will likely hold for at least 5+ yrs. Another great '83 that provides great enjoyment for a fraction of the cost of the preceeding year's wines.
My nephew, ATBridge, and I had one of his bottles of '83 LB last night with some cheese and pate. We were both extremely pleased. AT uncorked the bottle and let it sit open for a couple of hours but did not decant. Our experience with older wines has demonstrated to us that decanting can dissipate aromas and tastes too rapidly. We were both impressed with the freshness of this 23-year old wine. The color had some expected bricking but was not brown like some '82's I've had. The tannins were resolved, everything was balanced. There were strawberries and raspberries on the pleasant but moderate nose. I agree with the reviewer who said the nose dissipated but refreshed with each pour -- it did for us, too. The palate, however, while not big was very interesting: a core of classic Bordeaux (cassis, cedar, graphite, earth), with evolving hints of strawberries, plums, coffee and -- unexpectedly -- watermelon (that's what I called it -- it was a sweet, melon-y taste, at least). Again, our overall impression was young, fresh and fruity around a classic, structured core. The wine has probably peaked but we think should stay in good shape for awhile. We agreed this would be a good wine with an elegant meal of just about anything, probably not as good with big cuts of red meat as would be a lot of Bordeaux. We're really glad AT has two more bottles of this! Not sure why the reviews posted here are so divergent, but different things can happen to bottles over a couple of decades I guess.
Tasting of 80's Bordeaux at Seattle Wine Storage (Seattle, WA): Hello Mr. Ed. High-pitched and stinky with some clear manure notes. That said, this is opening up very well on the palate, lots of, uh, earth in this one and more than a bit of stable. Then some sweet chocolate blossoms on the palate. If you don't mind brett, this is pretty tasty.
This was a fine bottle of Lynch Bages contradicting other's notes. Lovely balance and mouth feel with plenty of fruit. Smooth and tasty. A perfect time to drink the wine, although I expect it to soon be on the downside. Drunk alongside the 85, which had a few years of life left although I do not expect it to improve and the 61 which, alas, had turned.
lynch bages has always been one of my favorites. i have enjoyed previous vintages including 1967, 1970, 1978 and 1981. having carried around my wine inventory in my head for the past 30 years, i completely suppressed my purchase of the 1983 vintage. these bottles only came to light after conducting a physical inventory for entry into cellar tracker. this bottle survived somewhat over humid conditions in the cellar as evidenced by the label which was pristine. bottle fill was low neck. the cork was firm and intact although soaked with liquid through and through. the cork was protruding 1/8 " with some back pressure upon extraction. color was ruby red with minimal signs of browning. very fine sediment evident in the last glass. upon opening there was some bottle funk which needed 10 minutes to clear. aroma was more floral than fruity with hints of violets and lilacs. the aroma dissipated in the glass but refreshed with each new pour. the wine seemed thin at first, but delivered some structure which tended to overwhelm the aroma after 20 minutes. this wine, at this point in its development does not offer the same pleasures as previous vintages and certainly is less substantial than as described in its youth by parker. yet, i would not go so far as to say tired. nevertheless, i would definitely recommend that based upon this tasting experience as well as the recent tasting notes of other members, i would definitely say that this wine needs to be consumed asap.
Low neck fill. Mold covering top of cork. Cork totally soaked through. Decanted for 2 hours. Very strong nose of cherries immediately upon opening bottle. Appeared a little orange as it was being decanted, but once in the decanter it was a deep red/purple. Nose of cherries, lead pencil. Tannins were completely resolved. Very smooth. I'm sure there was more fruit there at some point, but it is definitely receeding at this point. Time to drink up, but a very nice mature wine.
Bottle was in great shape with a low neck fill and the color was brick red with really no browning. However, this was a tired bottle of wine with a bit of tobacco and leather struggling to reach the nose. The palate was unremarkable with little fruit, a light body fully resolved tannins and not much of a finish. This bottle has lost whatever vitality it ever had. Drink up or give away.
Bottle taken from my personal cellar, again presented as an unknown (blind) to the usual Friday group at Vintage Wines, Ltd. Deep garnet with an orange rim. Moderately intense nose showing spice box, tar, "paper paste," ripe plum and cigar. Medium-bodied, with largely melted tannins and similar complex flavors as for the nose. Medium, smooth finish. This is probably the best showing for this wine thus far. Most tasters guessed it to be a '95, '90 or '89 Bordeaux.
Medium garnet color with bricking. Nose opens with lots of earth and leather. Smokey tobacco, coffee, dark cherry and other red fruit flavors. Far exceeds my expectations. Last bottle, wish I had more.
Presented as unknown (blind) tasting at Vintage Wines, Ltd. (provided from my cellar). Bright disc with deep garnet robe and amber rim. Slight barnyard nose, wiith smokey plum, cigar box, exotic spices, cedar and vanilla. Good acid/tannin balance, supple, round, with flavors similar as described for nose. Medium to long, slightly acidic finish. The fruit seems to be holding. This wine was guessed by the tasters to be as young as a 1997! Most felt that it was an '88 or '89 Bordeaux.
Still deep ruby, now with brick rim. Moderate sediment. Currants, cedar and plum on nose. Palate same, but with tar overtones and mild residual "paper paste." Tannic, coarse finish. Not pleasant, but hopefully is just not ready. I am hoping that this wine simply needs a new millenium to show its true colors!
Deep ruby with red rim. Despite breathing and tasting over a two-hour period, the nose remained closed and simple, with currants and oak, as well as persistent "paper paste." Palate very tannic. Hopefully will improve.