Drank this side by side with a 1989 Clerc Milon. Neither bottle was decanted but both were given plenty of time to evolve. Both wines were quite good, but decidedly different. The Clerc Milon had amazing fruit aroma right from the moment the cork was pulled. It exhibited a lot of balance between fruit and structure. The Lynch Bages exhibited a more mature fruit profile along with mushrooms, forest floor and tannins. overall the Clerc milon was the most enjoyable. Its depth of fruit was remarkable for its age.
Super Bowl 2014 (Roswell, GA): Very dark red with some clarity and a crimson rim; cigar, incense, raw meat, rotting vegetables, so complex, caramel, iron; lusher on palate, sexy, red fruit, still tannin on finish, seemingly Burgundian; good structure but probably drinking in its prime which it should continue for a while; have noticed some bottle variation, this is probably the 2nd best example though all the bottles have had very different qualities.
Good color still, ready to drink. Definitely no longer youthful. I wish I had drunk this wine earlier when it just would blow me away. Had with rack of lamb. Again some leather was evident. It was very nice
I refuse to rate this numerically, if only out of complete respect. Huge LB fan. This wine - quite obviously one of the very best LB vintages - is still an infant. This bottle has been stored since release by a devoted owner, and it was decanted for most of the day leading up to the evening tasting. Seemingly black in color, just a monster, and still absolutely nowhere near ready to show its very best stuff. Be patient and wait at least another decade before starting to pop 89 LB corks. This includes you, Nortonnose - WAIT!
Tremendous nose, all the classics! Wonderful powerful initial taste soft tannins that bites on the midpalate and quickly hand over to rhum raisins and long fine aftertaste of cedar wood. Impeccable. Best bordeaux ever! (For me) 97 p. Aftertaste could be larger but i am not sure that i would have appreciated that.
still very deep. Nose fine woven tannins cedar and balck fruits. Fine balance. Precise and powerful on palate with great minerality and compexity. Great drive and finish. Still very young but drinking.
From 375. I'm not sure this was a correct bottle, despite a fill into the neck, spinning capsule, and clean cork. The fruit had a roasted or stewed flavor to it that I usually associate with excessive exposure to oxygen. Interestingly, when paired with salty dishes this character stopped being a distraction and this became a pleasant, cedar-heavy Bordeaux--but after a big glass of water it always came back. This is the second time '89 Lynch has failed to wow me, however, so I don't think I'll go back for a third helping.
Popped, decanted 45 minutes, consumed over next 90 minutes. Wonderful aromatics, I could smell it from 6 feet away. Started out nicely and just kept improving. Just beginning to reveal some tertiary development. Just a really complete, complex, satisfying Pauillac that feels like it still has more nuance to reveal with further aging. Fabulous with grilled lamb.
Aged Bordeaux (Restaurant St. Jack): A little brett on the nose, that then turned to lots of brett. Where sometimes brett can add character, I just felt it distracting here, covering up the desirable aromas. Initially some slightly overly ripe red berries, but then this shut down hard with tight gripping tannins. Hold for sure.
Older Bordeaux at St. Jack: Quite bretty on the nose... just filthy. None of this really comes through on the palate, though, which shows pleasant balance of tar, plenty of tannins, but still a textural softness that's pleasant. Overall though it is acting a bit tight, and as it sat in the glass it just began getting tighter and tighter. With food it strangely seemed to close down. On the finish, there was initially an eruption of fantastic blueberries, tannins, and sweet gravel and spice. My first sip of this was the best, and then it just continued to close down and decline in enjoyment.
This wine was a moving target while it was open. It showed nicely for about 30 minutes before it shut down hard. The nose initially showed light brett, bright cherries, graphite, sun-dried tomato and herbs. The palate shows good balance and intensity with red and dark fruits, mineral, cedar and graphite. I thought this seemed a bit young but most at the table thought this wine was ready to go. To be honest this bottle was a bit underwhelming, at least from reading CT notes I thought this would be wonderful since I know the provenance on this bottle to be good. Oh well, you can't win them all.
This was a wonderful bottle of wine that is really coming into its' own right now. Great fruit and very soft tannins. I had this at the Commanderie de Bordeaux's Fall Parlement at the Four Seasons and this was my favorite wine of the 2nd Flight ('89 Leoville Las Cases was 2nd favorite and '89 Pichon Lalande from an Imperial Bottle was a distant third). I will certainly seek out more of this wine for down the road!
Wow! What a wine this is. Simply lovely. Cabernet Franc nose, with dry herbs ,grass and gravel and dry cigarbox, leather and the finest tobacco. Dry medium tannins for that perfect structure and balance, with quite fat cassis fruit and earthiness, balanced with acidity and a little streak of pepper on the long and complex finish. Stunning Bordeaux that really sings now. Great stuff, and my wine of the night!
Excellent ruby color with just the slightest fading on the rim. Incredible nose of blackberry fruit and graphite minerals along with notes of tobacco and roasted nuts. Classic claret with a real steal-like cut but with plenty of richness. The flavor is distinctly influenced by the graphite minerals along with dried black and red fruits and the finish is firm with lovely complex notes of Asian spices, mint and more minerals. A perfect bottle of this wine which is still young but just starting to show its secondary nuances. I'm a huge fan of Lynch Bages and to me this is the best vintage ever for them. 96+
With great anticipation we opened this wine with venison stroganoff. Sadly, it wasn't up to the challenge. It had an interesting nose of white pepper and lite chocolate, but the mid-palate was slim and there just wasn't much left of the finish. Deinitely missing complexity unlike so many other bottles of Lynch we have enjoyed. I will drink my last bottle shortly. Older is not better in this case.
A brilliant example of great Pauillac winemaking in a top year. The wine put on weight over time in the glass. The colour shows little age, but the complexity and balance are there. This wine will go for another 10 years. A brilliant wine. Bravo!
So disappointing. Tasted as part of a mini-vertical with the 90 Lynch Bages. Nothing flawed about the bottle but the nose misleads one to thinking that the wine will show well. Unfortunately there is nothing there. It was thin and faded. Equally dissapointing that the 90 didn't show well either.
Cork 95% soaked but no leakage at top. Mature deep garnet core, medium pale garnet rim with a mahognay tint. Nose shows meaty blackcurrant fruit, some cedar and gravel - brooding and powerful. Palate is medium/full bodied with rich, meaty, leathery black fruits, cedar, intense and rich but with good balancing acidity. The tannins are fine but still perciptible under the generously layered fruit and the wine has a long finish. Excellent, drinking well.
Hearts Delight Collectors Dinner: I am not sure if this was just a bad bottle or if they are all currently in this state. Definite prune in the nose and on the palate. Seems to have softened too quickly and is thinning too quickly?
A trio of 90 Latour, 82 Haut Brion, and 89 Lynch Bages. All were great, but the 90 Latour was head and shoulders above the others in this flight. The Latour had depth, and focus, and is likely still on its upside trajectory. The 89 Lynch was very good, and is a wine I love, but it couldn't match up. This bottle of 82 Haut Brion was good, but I've had much better bottles over the past couple of years. Nonetheless, I do think 82 first growths are past their prime (even the HB) and encourage drinking them sooner rather than later.
Bordeaux 1989 Horizontal Tasting (Zurich): Deep red. Nose of leather, smoke and espresso with lots of berries and plums. Nice sweetness in the finish. All elegant but the only negative I felt is that the wine was a bit rustic. I feel here the potential for 1-2 additional points in 5 years of time. Wonderful Lynch Bages at par with the Premier Crus from the Medoc. Drink to 2030.
Dinner at the White House (Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong): Decanted for several hours. Dense, ruby-red colour that is just lightening at the edges. Nose is classic Pauillac cedar and cassis with a fantastic vanilla-driven oak tone at the back. Palate is immediately rounded, very rich cassis fruit, low acidity then a huge wave of resonance and reverberence on the back end. The previous bottle drank from the same case eight months ago had an unexpected Pomerol-like softness to it but this particular bottle was more the Californian end of Bordeaux (that rich fruit)......wonderful, but a bit lacking in complexity for me....a supercar that doesn't have that much roadfeel through the steering wheel. Actually, a glass kept for the end of the evening showed that there is a lot more tannic structure here than was apparent earlier, which bodes well for improving in its next decade. For me, it was significantly outclassed by the Grange 1993 that followed.
I had this wine three years ago from a double Magnum and it was amazing. Very aromatic with black fruits, soft tannins and earthy Pauillac notes, 98 Pts. Yesterday's bottle opened during a tasting session was unfortunately oxidized.
Terrific, classic Pauillac. Nose of cedar and graphite mixed with exotic spices. Still very firm tannins, but beginning to be approachable, much like a young California Cab, just a 23 year-old youngster. Sophisticated complexity on the palate. While the tannis are big, the wine is not monolithic, it offers a sublime subtlety and long finish with overtones of red fruit and cassis to blend with the leathery lead pencil. Softer than the 86s and simply a great wine, maybe as some have suggested, best ever for Lynch.
Sunday Night Wines: Dark as a night, almost that is. At first (it was quite cold and popped and poured), almost shy, linear and elegant. After almost 1 hour it changed and became a much more powerful and complex wine. Again after 2-3 hours it changed once more; gained even more weight. Very clean fruit, long and balanced (not at all over extracted or over the top), structured, wonderful finish. WOTN
Wines like this make purchasing futures (with self control!) look good. Opened it because the ullage was low. The cork was soaked, but the wine was ... really fine. Classic Pauillac, still youthful, with black fruits/funk/and forest - floral on the finish. Easy match with grilled lamb.
Leo Turns 60! (It's Greek To Me): This showed as extremely youthful. The nose was reserved/stern with dark fruit and a hint of VA. The taste was excellent, but compact and tannic. Flavors lingered nicely on the finish. Based on this bottle I'd say these need another 5-10 years (which I find surprising).
Strong, powerful, muscular wine. Lots of iron, mineral, leather with a hint of light flowers. This bottle seems very young and less developed than past bottles I've had. Hard to believe it's 23 years old. Black, deep, smokey core with fine herbal tannins. This bottle was all about power. And an amazing power it is. A-
Big Bordeaux IV: All 5 First Growths (including '96 Margaux, '95 Mouton and Latour, plus '89 Lynch Bages and more) (Rocknroller's (Kevin's)): Purple color. Decanted for 6 hrs, drank 1 glass over 2+hrs. This was another stunning wine with a truly complex and powerful nose and palate. A formidable wine to match against the '96 Margaux, falling just sort of matching it. The Lynch is more powerful than the Margaux, not quite showing that elegant side as much. The nose has violets, funk, creme de cassis, mulberry, spices, cedarbox. The palate is inky and dense, chewy, sweet black fruits of cassis and mulberry, richly layered fruit, graphite, oak and spice on a very long penetrating finish. The tannins are round and well integrated. Incredibly young for 23yrs old. This has a very long life ahead of it. My and group #2 WOTN with 7.5 of 10 2nd place votes.
Decanted and drank over 3 hours. Huge nose of red and dark fruit with some coffee, leather and some mint. Huge in the mouth. This is too young. Leather, tobacco, dark fruit, mocha and a some green pepper. Lots of tannin, but they match the fruit. The finish is huge and not yet refined. Try again in a few years, this need more time but it will be worth it.
Rupert's 89 'Super Seconds' Offline (The Medlar, London): Single blind. Darker and slightly denser. A little denser, riper and possibly a little stewed on the nose. ?A slightly off LLC? No, Bages. Develops to a slightly flabby and dry, silty disjointed wine. Some interest though. ***
The Big Sendoff; 9/15/2012-9/16/2012 (The Home of Dave L): Just fantastic poise and polish. Expressive nose of coffee, flint, mint, leather and currants. Fantastic freshness on the palate with a dark fruit profile, but still fresh and young, even with a touch of blue fruit, mixed in with leather, cedar and spice. Long finish with some dry tannins still present, adding cedar spice, earth, mineral, coffee and currants. Great polish, poise and balance. Among a short list of the best bdx I’ve ever had. This will drink exceptionally well for the next decade. Followed over several hours without fading.
Maybe I'm a victim of palate fatigue after a tasting trip around Dundee, but I was a little disappointed in this wine. Beautiful balance and the aromatics were exotic, but it took a long time to develop and even then didn't blow my socks off.
Bottled recently purchased from Chambers Street Wines in NYC and it is in perfect condition. Dark ruby murky color. Gorgeous nose of graphite, ripe black fruits, cloves and grilled nuts. Kept improving after a 3-hour decant - then classic Pauillac flavors of graphite and earthy black fruits with minerals and all-spice. The wine just flows over the tongue like liquid graphite with wonderful complex notes of grilled nuts, spice and minerals. Holy sheet this is getting really good at age 23.
Bit od sulphur on the nose, smoked meat, mustard seed, this is a rounder plusher L-B, but the tannin makes itself known on the finish. A black-fruited wine that is longer and broader than the 1988 L-B. As the wine sits in the glass, a powerful note of beef stock emerges.
Acker BYO - Chicago (Sepia - Chicago, IL): A serious Pauillac from beginning to end. Great graphite, earth, mineral, dark fruit and cedar on the nose. Its palate was remarkable dense and elegant featuring great dark fruit, tobacco, roasted herbs, and cedar. Could have drank this all night...just great great stuff.
La Commanderie de Bordeaux à Vancouver - 1988, 1989, 1990 Red Bordeaux (CinCin Restaurant): Medium red, some bricking. This was singing on the nose when I opened it at home but by the time we got to it (hour or so later) it seems less expressive (maybe because it’s now sitting beside the extremely expressive ’90). At any rate, nose offers notes of cedar, pencil lead, darker fruits and some Bordeaux funk. These characters carry onto the palate but the flavours are much more intense than the aromas are on the nose. There is a lot of structure here (most structured of the LB trio) with great acidity and solid tannins. This is full and round in the mouth and very well balanced. Dark, almost black fruits linger on the finish. This is still quite youthful and I’ll hold my remaining bottle for a least 5 years. Excellent. 92+
Cork was nice and firm with no tainting. I poured it directly into the glass without any decanting. I have learned that the older the wine the less you want to decant it unless you want to kill it it immediately. First on the nose forest floor, pine and cedar notes hit you instantly. On the tasting a hint of dark cherry and light black pepper. Tannins and acids were well balanced. Smooth medium finish. Very drinkable but I wouldn't wait too much longer as I think this is probably at its peak. After finishing a glass it becomes floral with dark dried fruit notes. Very nice but drink now.
Dark ruby. Still incredibly young, with only the barest hint of development. dark red and black fruits on the nose. Powerful. a touch of earth and tobacco, but really dominated by the fruit. In the mouth, still very tannic, but the tannins are ripe - they do not clip the long finish. I won't touch my remaining bottles for years.
From a bottle purchased on release and stored in a cold cellar, the wine opened with a complex aromatic profile packed with tobacco, cigar box, cedar, black currents, blackberry, smoke, truffle and forest floor popping from the glass. On the palate, the wine full bodied and concentrated with ripe, dark berries, refined tannins and acidity. Everything is in balance and harmony. As good as this vintage of Lynch Bages is, it's still not fully mature! If you have more than a few bottles, there is no time like the present to pop one. If you have the patience to wait a decade, it's only going to get better!
Annual NFL Draft get together with wine friends. Similar to my notes from 1/29/12. Nose has blackberry, black current, cedar, cigar box, spice, graphite. Similar flavors in the mouth, along with some chocolate. Big, powerful and concentrated in the mouth. A long and lingering finish. It was very hard for everyone to decide which wine was better tonight, this or the ‘86 Mouton. Pretty much of a tie for all.
Rubino fitto unghia aranciata, bel naso scuro , mora ribes nero, leggera prugna, cuoio , terra, sensazioni piraziniche nel bicchiere dopo un pò che era aperto, cacao in polvere, leggero pelo bagnato. Bocca attacco scuro, cacao, tannino fitto e fine, fresco , finale lungo di caffè e cacao . Molto giovane.
Shipped to Europe 1 month ahead of arrival. Decanted for 1 hour+ prior to consumption with friends. Every sip was smooth, perfectly aged Bordeaux. Mild old world earthiness, round tannins. Everything was subtle, though, and my tongue is not skilled in old world Bordeaux enough to appreciate the nuances. My friends that drink Bordeaux regularly 'ooo'd and ahhh'd' the entire tasting, and would have scored this 99-100. This comes from a very experienced Bordeaux connoisseur, who has 6,000 bottles in his cellar, with Mouton and Latour stacked like cords of wood. For me though, I simply knew I was drinking something smooth and old, with little jumping from the glass so I cannot justifiably score it higher.
An incredible nose, sharp delineated and extremely complex. Young strawberries, just unripe cherries, prunes, lemon zest and marmalade. 'Glass', metal and green notes, very Cabernet. Shaved pencil, old leather and some horse stable. But also yeast (as in the air from a factory), sweet/ dust. On the powerful palate again an abundance of fruits + the green/ metal Cabernet tones. In the multiple layered finish first vanilla and medicine chest tones to be followed by chocolate dipped cherries and cake. Very Pauillac, very traditional Bordeaux, just Perfect! Drinks well now but I won't be surprised if it still further improves.
Opened one hour but not decanted -- in the event very little deposit except a streak ingrained on inside of bottle -- overheated at some point? Level into neck. Soft cork, but true. Minimal watering at rim, no bricking. Lovely deep colour, sensational nose of blackberries & currants, pepper & tobacco; indeed (like good Burgundy) nose is so good you delay tasting the wine so as not to have to stop enjoying the nose. Lovely on the palate, beautifully rounded and balanced, very long indeed. No residual bite, fine fruit and mellow cedar. Soft tannins, fully integrated. Equally good right down to the last drop, but perhaps just a trace of hollowness in the mid-palate -- this bottle would probably not have improved any further.
2012 Bordeaux Trip; 4/1/2012-4/4/2012 (Bordeaux, France): From a pneumatic at Café Lavinal (owned by Bages). Not sure how recent this the bottle was opened, and it did seem to have some mild oxidation but still fresh. Very aromatic nose with ripe berries, leather, tobacco leaf and touch of soy and mint. Palate was quite ripe And forward, with just a little tannin in the background. Much more exuberant than an ’88 earlier this year. Great depth to the palate, showing the ripeness of ’89 but impressively balanced and polished. Showing plenty of mint and leather along with dark fruit profile. Long finish, with pipe tobacco , menthol, and earth. Flamboyant wine with great depth and balance.
Dark red core, minimal lightening at rim, no bricking. Great nose of cassis with some tar and cigar box. Full body, dense and concentrated with ripe fruit nice complexity developing, great balance and medium-long finish. Manyyears ahead. Outstanding-extraordinary.
Sampled 3/23/12. Not as good as expected. The cork was ever so slightly raised but the color and nose were good. Didn't taste cooked but after a couple hours the wine started to fall off a bit after mid palate. Black fruits, tobacco notes and pencil.
I didn't like this at first, but I thought it got better with air. At first (after a short decant), this was blocky, dark, "rustic", with plummy fruit, and I thought it was the Montrose. But with air it got a bit more resolved, and in particular, the graphite came out, and I was kicking myself after the reveal for not realizing it was a Pauilliac. Never really hit the heights it was supposed to hit, but this came out of a bottle with a soaked cork, so it might not have been the strongest bottle. Darker than you'd expect, even with air, more dark plum than cassis, and not really floral or open, but textbook cedar-graphite.
Mostly 89 Bordeaux (La Silhouette): Dark, riper and more extracted than some of the others, with a rounder and fleshier texture. I was tricked into thinking it was merlot. But the whole package was fairly unimpressive; it lacked depth and intensity. Disappointing.
I had trouble getting a beat on this wine. It definitely had a lot of cedar and some dark fruit, but its texture somehow seemed to keep changing in the glass. There were too many other wines at the table for me to focus on it--I'd like to come back to a bottle all by itself and study it more closely.
Great stuff. Still very youthful with the fruit very fresh and rich, and some fine grained tannins lurking on the back end, but it's quite accessible now and certainly incredible to smell with a beautiful perfume combining savoury earth, tobacco, graphite and cedarwood aromas around a core of fresh dark fruits. There's a sense of richness and finesse in the mouth, superb balance and while I get the impression this still has a while ahead of it, I'm glad to have another chance to enjoy it now as it's stunning.
I hardly have words for this. It is so beautiful! Beautiful and complex bouquet with everything you could want from a classical Bordeaux; cedar, cassis, luxurious oak, lead pencil etc. etc. The bouquet only is already amazing. On the palate full bodied and a good concentration with still a lot of cassis and soft tannin with still a promise for many years. What an amazing and luxurious great wine!
Remarkably young appearance. Nose powerful classic Pauillac lead pencils and cedar with rich fruit behind. Secondary aromas of animal and spice after an hour. Rich ripe powerful palate but all balanced. Marvellous wine.
feels amazing young considering it's 23 years old. there's pencil lead on the nose. big powerful fruit but also well balanced. we decanted this for an hour and then drank it over two hours, the wine only got better. Impressive juice!
Yellowing at the rim. A deep dark red body, almost indicating a matured state. When I initially pulled the cork, it seemed like a perfume was emerging. But, this subdued with an onslaught of wonderful aromas: blackberry, cassis, cedar, cigar-box, graphite, spice - complex nose. Same flavors, along with some dark chocolate. Big, powerful, chewy and concentrated in the mouth. A long and lingering finish.Tannins are soft, but still somewhat apparent. Seems like its just beginning on its initial plateau to maturity. No rush to drink this wine. Paired very nicely with roasted leg of lamb. Score 96-97.
89/90 Bordeaux Retrospective with Hart Davis Hart: Plump, rich nose. I love the chocolate and violets here. The palate seems much more driven by ash, smoke, minerality, though. Rich, luscious texture on the palate. I love how you can chew this without it being horrifically tannic. Overall a terrific bottle of wine and fun to drink.
The best wine in our recent 1989 Bordeaux tasting, outshining even the 1989 Cheval Blanc (which came in second). The richest wine of the evening. Youthful blueberry and cassis aromas, plus some tobacco and dark chocolate. Incredibly smooth with a long finish. Now, that I’ve tasted it again alongside the (also outstanding) Lynch-Bages 1990, I am certain that the 1989 is the better wine.
Impressively rich and sweet with lots of bass notes but this wine was a somewhat hard "read." Some of the green pepper tang and cedar I prize so much in the 85 but this vintage is much richer and darker in every respect. Could use more time in bottle I think. Well-stored example.
Recently we did a three format tasting of 70 Lynch Bages (750ml, magnum, double mag). All were terrific, which led to tonight's trio of Lynch Bages (70, 82, 89). All three were in pristine shape. The 70 was classic, and its impossible not to love this wine. Even perfect provenance bottles are showing their age, so time to put these in rotation if you have some. Picked #2 by the group, with one #1 vote. The 82 started slow, but in the end was perfect LB, and is at its drinking peak. Groups #1. The 89 was great, and drank exactly like this wine typically does. Thicker, richer, less silky than the 70 and even the 82. A great drink, but not yet showing the classy maturity that the 70 and 82 are. Groups #3. All were terrific, and showed why LB is such a great claret.
Pungent ripe aromas of black, red and blue fruit, truffle, tobacco, ash, cassis, earth and spice grab your attention. Powerful, full bodied, intense, balanced, refined and still youthful at close to 22 years old, this text book Pauillac continues inching closer to maturity. For years I've thought the 1990 Lynch Bages was a better wine, due to its voluptuous character, but I am slowly changing my tune with each tasting of the 1989.
Enjoyed in a huge line-up with friends over a dinner of steak and potatos... this almost seemed like baby-killin'. No doubt a wine with both power and grace, even in a decanter for 2 hours this had a tough time unraveling and showing off. This stayed dark and mysterious the entire time, dark fruit, olives, cedar, graphite. Bright acidity, firm tannin with a dusty feel. Nice stuff but was outclassed by some of the other wines on the table.
One of the signs of a great Bordeaux wine is its ability to age and improve for decades. Because this was so cheap on release, I'm able to taste 1989 Lynch Bages fairly often. Each time, the wine seems to improve. With a powerful, tobacco filled perfume, complicated with juicy cassis, truffle, smoke, forest floor, spice, gravel, green herbs and blackberry, this wine catches your attention. Big, dense, concentrated and still with the stuffing to age and improve, the wine has fleshed out and offers a long, pure, blackberry, cassis and spice filled finish.
Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately.
Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of dried herbs, florals, berries and plums. Flavors of berries, raspberries and cherries. Bright to tart acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold.
Beautiful black/ruby color. Lovely nose of blackberries, cassis, cedar and slate minerals. Fairly full-bodied with excellent black fruit flavors and a hint of eucalyptus. The finish is gorgeously complex with a wonderful cedar/slate minerally finish. This bottle is drinking quite young as it's just beginning to show secondary flavor development and it really benefits from air. The longer I left it in the decanter, the better it got. 94+
Couple of dinners at Troquet; 9/7/2011-9/8/2011 (Troquet - Boston MA): Perfect looking bottle, perfect fill. At Troquet in Boston. Nose was still mostly primary - plum, black cherry with traces of cedar in near background. Similar flavors with some cherry liqueur as well. Best part was great mouthfeel and texture,with its really nicely integrated tannins. Great and intense spices of roast meat. A very nuanced mid-aged Bordeaux, just entering the very early stage of its drinking window.
The fill was well into the neck, the capsule spun freely, and the cork was pristine. Youthful purple-ruby color with no amber. Notes of cassis, blackberry and a hint of truffle and tobacco. Medium to full bodied, with a very ripe and lush personality, but with plenty of grip and structure. Having gone through almost half a case of each over the past year, I have a strong preference for the '90 Lynch Bages over the '89.
Hurricane Irene dinner with RV at Gabrielle's. Tasted non blind with a 2000 Lynch Bages during a dinner of excellent lamb and steak. On the nose, the quintessence of Lynch Bages, with tobacco, leather, cedar and plum notes with beautiful secondary forest floor component. I am surprised by how fresh and powerful this wine remains. If this wine was a boxer it would be more Mike Tyson than Muhammad Ali - a visceral powerhouse with dark red and black fruit. Firm but well integrated tannin and a knock out right hook of minerality and earth. Long, 45+ second finish. Tasted against the 2000, there was really no contest as to which is the better wine at this point. Drinking very well now, but this wine has plenty of life left ahead of it. 94-95.
1st bottle ever of the '89 Lynch Bages....an amazing wine. This is still a baby in my opinion. The fruit was deep, rich & dark, but it was in perfect balance despite low acid levels. Big black fruit, cedar, tobacco, earth & pencil shavings. The nose was beautiful! Tannins were very well integrated. There was such tremendous depth here, many, many layers. Bottle was decanted for 2 hours upon retrieving from the cellar. Followed a '95 Cos d'Estournel & clearly outshined it. I had the '90 Lynch 3 years ago & had a similar WOW experience. These 2 vintages of Lynch are simply great!
While I still consider myself a Bordeaux novice, this wine was unique to me in many ways. For the first time ever, I think I truly experienced what expert wine critics describe as “layers upon layers kept unfolding, the wine changed from hour to hour showing completely different tastes and smells, and finish goes on for more than a minute”. I never quite understood what these phrases meant and honestly wondered if they were more wine critic bloviating rather than a true expression of what a wine is actually like.
This wine really was an experience. It was as if this magical juice was trapped in a bottle for 20 years and wanted to announce a la Martin Luther King “I am free at last, free at least”. The ¾ oz Prime Beef Tenderloin didn’t hurt either
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; popped and poured. A healthy color, with some amber at the rim. Notes of black fruits, mushroom, tobacco and old barrels. Medium to full bodied, with good concentration, but lacking in terms of texture, focus and grip. I've had much better bottles; although the fill and cork were excellent, I suspect this suffered heat damage somewhere along the way.
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; popped, poured and consumed over the course of 2 hours. Youthful purple-ruby color, with no signs of age; Nicole thought it was less than 10 years old! Aromas of leather, plum, and a hint of roasted fennel. Medium-bodied, with a good grip and structure, very expansive on the palate, noticeable but very ripe tannins, great depth of flavor, and a long and focused finish. As an aside, I had brought this from the home cellar in PA to the beach house in FL less than 48 hours previously, and it obviously held up quite well over the 1200+ mile journey!
Amazing that this wine is still so thick and big after more than 20 years in the bottle. Classic Pauillac. Big, brawny, still tannic. lead pencil / cedar aromas and flavors. Nothing subtle here. Just a really well made, big Bordeaux
Opened with huge fruit and cassis. The aroma of fruit filled the room and gave an indication of how well structured this wine is after 22 years. Because it opened so quickly, I only decanted for an hour despite reading others' comments about decanting longer. Over about three hours, the wine cycled between being closed and showing its tremedous character, but never quite hit its stride. It also showed a pepper nature. After about 3 hours, the structure began to weaken. A very good bottle of wine, with some classic Pauillac structure and tobacco flavors, but I've had better at this price point.
30 minutes in a decanter - which is probably the issue. This started off a bit thin. It has good color for its age, and was pleasant, with no flaws, but did not show the complexity expected. After some time it really began to show off a bit, but we never left enough around to open up and show what it has. A better showing would likely happen with more time in the decanter. A-/A
Send off dinner for Birgitte and Claus (Our house. Denver, CO): Decanted 4 hours (from mag). Reddish violet with some brown on edges. Dusty cassis, dark berries, truffle, cedar box on nose had everyone immediately thinking Bordeaux. I was on guard for markjanes' '89 textural issue and did note a leanness to the sweet medium intensity fruit on entry as it met acidity and ripe tannins. By midpalate the fruit is bright, layered, nearly rich and quite complex. Good finesse and complexity (dark fruit, earth, spice, textural depth). Great length, quite pure and complete. A real treat.
Incredible what this extremly harmonious- complex Wine this LYNCH BAGES 1989 is !°°°° Such an extracted superbe stuff... like an high definition as well as an old school .. "whatever".. GREAT BORDEAUX this is !°°° Sweet and jammy like, with lots of fruit and fine notes of floral smell... like spring and summer and autumn in One Smell ! GREAT ! this is what really Bordeaux is meant for ! 99 / 100 Points !
The fill was well into the neck and the cork was sound; an absolutely pristine bottle that has been very well stored. Opened about 2 hours before dinner - no decant - and consumed over the following 2 hours. A beautiful purple ruby core, with just a hint of bricking at the rim. A heavenly bouquet - very complex, outgoing, and pleasing - with notes of plum, briar patch, lilly, and a hint of tobacco, roasted herbs and barnyard; a touch exotic and wild, but in the most positive sense imaginable. Medium bodied on the palate, with an incredibly velvety texture, great depth and balance, and impressive lift and focus on the finish. The tannins are very ripe and well integrated, and while this will clearly keep for another 15+ years (and maybe improve) it is drinking wonderfully at present. A monumental wine, that (ever so slightly) bested the 1990 Lynch Bages on this night.
What a complex Wine this IS !° right after screwing the Cork out- it turns out Just smelling incredibly fortlessly, harmoniously... and right in this smelling- good mood it turns out in taste like a fantastic complex wine, like forest floor, taar end sandelwood, graphite and wow... nice floral notes and FRIUT !
After some hours. it developes more Friut and sweetness. ! And on the nect day. aftger 15 hours aereation it turns out to be the best Lynch we have tasted ! Fully harmonoius with grip, with FRIUT and Sweetness, like chocalate and truffels and all YOu can imagine !
98 / from 100 possible points ! it is worth the money .. about 200 €... I would definitely go for more !
Still very concentrated color. Nose of licorice and blackcurrant. Good fruit and concentration. Still have a few years to go. Enjoyable BUT there is that little thing about LB that I am not so found of... Trying to put my finger on it.
A beautiful bottle with a resonant finish - loads if dark cherry. Blackberries on the back of the tongue and a touch of currant on the tip. Hints of tobacco, even some pepper lingers. Full in the mouth but complex rather than big and bold. Decanted 1.5 hours.
The aroma filled the area upon pulling the cork. I was apprehensive about the wne after reading the comments, but it was approachable right away. Of course, it improved in the glass and the decanter, but was filled with sweet tannin, cassis, lead pencil, earthy dark fruit. Enormous and muscular, it is no where near at its peak. Wow, I am glad I have more in the cellar!
Blind. Very dark for a Bordeaux of this age. 87;68. Looking quite mature but it takes hours to open up. First day it does not give up much, big, monolithic. My guess was a Montelena from 90-91. Poured half into a half bottle and drank it day 3. Completely different. Beautiful ripe, rich nose of cherries/black currants and smoke. Structured but great mouthfeel. Not overly sweet but lots of aromatics. This will be a great wine for a very long time.
This is not good….its Freakin’ good. Pop and poured, paired with Rabbit risotto. (hey, it was almost catfish) Sexy, hedonistic, powerful and complex. This Prime time bottle delivered a huge cassis kick, with cedar, tobacco, graphite, some tapénade and dark plum notes. Medium to Full mouth feel, with the acid and tannins in harmony. For me a beguiling wine, and my best 89LB to date. 96pts
This is an outstanding wine, but I guess I don't believe it is as outstanding as other reviewers. The match to the prime filet mignon was excellent. The tannin and acid were balanced and in check. The fruit was still full and glorious; however, the finish was not as long as I think is needed to be given a higher rating.
This wine confuses me. The best way to describe it is that it is still very backward and yet it is losing its fruit. It's tart, powerful and with a reasonable finish. I guess I wonder if a wine that continues to be so backward after 20 years, losing its flavor, is a really great wine. On the same token, I am enjoying this. It is somewhat delicious. I'm just not enjoying it as much as I thought I would - for $300. (1 view)
This '89 again makes me wonder how Mouton is a 1st when Lynch Bages is a 5th... absolute role reversal. 1st night delicious; 2nd night spectacular. Drenches the entire palate with deep, rich red and dark fruit front to back and with smooth, velvet, captivating tannins. Layered, complex, invigorating, hedonistically long and such a pleasure to drink - the real deal. Unbelievable now with upside to be discovered, and it will be hard to wait. 96
A perfect bottle of Bordeaux caught in its sweetest of sweet spots. Soaring aromas from the second the cork was pulled. Great texture and tension in the glass. Classic bordeaux everything (cassis, lead pencil, cedar) and a very long finish. Other than a '61 Lynch Bages I had several years ago, the best LB bottle to date. It improved through the night so this has lots of life ahead.
Decanted 2 hrs and that allowed the wine to open up. We drank some too soon (30 minutes after decanting) and got a good deal of plum but alcohol on the finish. Blueberry jam emerged and a warm mellow finish emerged. Drank a 1999 a month ago and it was a more robust and complex wine - surprisingly.
Drank two bottles well decanted. Well stored / good fill. Both were to me seeming at peak.. maybe losing a bit of the lushness and moving towards charred and smoky. Still love this wine but might have loved it better 2-3 years ago. Time will tell.
What an amazing wine. Still dark red. Nice cassis, tabacco, farmy notes and graphite. Stunning smooth and mouthcoating palate with an utterly complex finish. Enjoyed it intensly with my wife today for her birthday.
decanted about 90 minutes before enjoying as part of a great dinner @ Brian and Dawn's; followed the '82 Cheval Blanc, and in comparison was quite dark, with excellent saturation all the way to to the rim. Beautiful mature aromas of dried red fruits mixed with earth echoed the complexity in the still quite full mouthfeel, well-balanced acidity and dusty, although not entirely dry, tannins. a stellar bottle of mature bordeaux, this L-B seems like it will stay at this level for another 5+ years. wish i'd bought more at about $28/bottle back in 1993, as this was my last bottle. bravo!
Decanted for 2 hours before going back in the bottle. The smell wafted across the kitchen, yum! Very dark blue-black with no lightening at the rim. Intoxicating nose of graphite, lead pencil, cedar, fragrant perfume of pure cassis. Also, I got a distinct olive tapenade note with swirling. Medium bodied, with firm sweet tannins and a blast of juicy black fruits. Earth, tobacco, everything you would think of a classic Pauillac at its apogee. There was also a slight green note with olive hints, especially on the finish. A great showing for this wine and reinforces my love for great vintages of LB. Went great with the veal chop.
CT Texas Offline #2; 11/5/2010-11/6/2010 (McKinney, TX): Very fresh color. An initial blast of barnyard blew off to reveal sweet perfume and celery leaf. Considerable heat thinned the palate just a bit, but the fresh cassis, lingering acidity and mostly resolved tannins made for a nice showing this time.
a disappointment for me. years ago i tried this and thought it was a brawny blockbuster in need of a little aging and civilization and it would become a superstar. I haven't tried in again in at least 8-10 years. The bottle was well stored but something has happened in the wine's evolution. The brawny quality remains but the fruit no longer dazzles, in fact i fear it's fading out of balance with the tannins.
out of 375. Dark garnet with the barest hint of lightening at the rim. Very young nose of obvious ripe cabernet fruit and creme de cassis. Still very primary. A touch of earth beneath. In the mouth still very tannic, but the tannins hit late, in the mid and back palate. Very long. Doesnt have the cut and fresh acidity I remember from this out of 750, but very good nonetheless.
(Bottle purchased in '93 or '94, varying storage conditions. Decanted 1.5 hours.) Gorgeous, very full nose with very prominent cabernet franc characteristics. Pencil shavings, tar, roses, delicate red fruit, possibly slightly cassis character. Good length in mouth.
This youthful Pauillac continues to display a dark ruby color. The purple hue it once displayed is gone, but the ruby shows very little lightening at the edges. Underbrush, cassis, cedar, forest floor, tobacco and earthy scents come alive with very little coaxing from this Bordeaux wine. Waves of sweet, ripe, black cherry, chocolate and cassis coat your mouth. The intense sweet finish remains for at least 45 seconds. In 1989, the Medoc was a mixed bag, especially when it comes to the First Growths. Along with Chateau Pichon they are both contenders for the top Pauillac of the year. This bottle was the best example of 89 Lynch Bages I have yet tasted.
While 1989 Lynch Bages will improve for at least another 15-20 years,( Some tannin remains). if you have more than a few bottles, there is no need to wait. The only complaint about this wine is, in the finish, a minor hint of green could be detected. This was probably due to a lack of severe selection. That issue aside, this is a great Bordeaux wine experience I’d drink any day.
I remember buying this close to a year after it was released for about $30 a bottle! Those were the days… 96Pts (And it might earn another Pt as it develops.
Still had the $33 sticker on it from when I bought it in '92, it was decanted off the moderate sediment and tasted right away, and then finished over an hour. Just a little garnet at the rim, o/w a deep ruby color. Nose of cigar box, black cherries, earth/road tar, and a little pencil shaving. Great balance and depth on the palate, w/ similar flavors. Pretty much exactly what I hoped for. Has 5-10yrs.
Taste at Elysian. Popped and poured when I sampled. Nice cheesy, rustic cherry, green bell pepper, cigar box and leather - classic well aged Bordeaux characteristics. The palate shows more dark cherry, stemmy, dirty path, and old worn leather. Still showing some youth in the finish with nice acidity and decent tannin backbone. There's some mint, chewed cigar on the back end as well. The mid palate is a bit lean and hollow, but the wine is quite enjoyable nonetheless. As a whole, the nose is superior to the palate sensation which has some reductive and oxidative qualities - not necessarily bad, just muting the fruit a bit.
This wine needed lots of decanting to open up. Maybe not as good a bottle as the others we have. On open Nicol thought this was a bad wine but after an hour in the decanter it developed into the special wine it is. Still not as great as the previous bottle we had a couple of months back. We love the rpesence this wine has in the glass. Firm colour, good body and structure. Elegant nose. This is what great bordeaux is all about.
Purchased on release. Really, this is such a high-quality bottle of Bordeaux that clearly something was amiss when this Chateau was given 5th-growth status. A big, thickly-textured Pauillac with a wonderful lead-pencil flavor to go with the incredible dark black fruit. Finishes wonderfully complex but this wine well-stored is still a baby and tastes like it will go 50 years. I will hold the rest of mine for another 5 years and am positive this will be one of the best Bordeaux's I will drink in the next decade.
Decanted for an hour and funneled back into the bottle. Maybe the next time, shorten the decanting time as the fruit seemed best earlier rather than later. Still, the fruit was the exquisite essence of Cabernet, a dark, rich blackcurrant with black cherry. Delicate balance between fruit and structure. Mature tannins. Drinking well now, but has the potential to stick around for years.
Decanted 1/2 an hour. Youthful appearance with deep ruby core, narrow pale ruby rim. Intense dark fruited nose, with blackcurrant -quite youthful still but with developing complexity - hint of smoke, cedary and mineral notes. Medium bodied on the palate, intense, rich blackcurrant fruit on initial entry, quite minerally on the mid-palate with notes of spice and tea, fine, almost seamless tannins, moderate (but balanced) acidity, very long minerally finish. Lovely, still with a long life ahead of it. 12.5% ABV
Lovely, aged bordeaux nose and flavors. Cassis, dark berry and a hint of pencil - with some vegetal hints in the background. Medium bodied with a slightly elegant mouthfeel, but with lots of power on the palate. Seamless integration of flavors and structure with just a touch of roughness. Long, fruity finish. Lots of complexity and depth.
Looking very youthful, just hinting at ruby-garnet at the rim. Simple, mature nose of hamster cage and mineral. Similar palate, with tobacco and a persistent green tartness that is not appealing. Tannins, alcohol, and stemmy fruit come forward on the finish. Not a good example of this wine.
Nose: Classic Claret nose. Brett, Black Cherry, Leather, Pencil Shavings, Tobacco. Midpalate: Super smooth on entry, Leather, Barnyard, Red Fruits. Sweet, dense flavor profile. This is a fully mature wine in its current polace. Finish: Long, classic paulliac finish exhibiting leather, berries, red currants and some cedar.
From a 375ml. Tasted and decanted for about 2 hours. On the nose some dark fruits, tobacco, leather, earth. On the palate, cherries, blackberries, earthy notes, spices and faint iron. Layers and layers building up to a medium to full body wine. A perfect balance of fine tannins and acidity with a medium to long finish. It kept improving over about 2 hours. Still young but quite impressive.
Hmmmm. Still seems closed down. There is not a sign that this wine has aged much at all. The color is very dark with no change and the flavors still seem like there is way more to give. 2nd night was about the same. Very good but I think there is more to come. Open another one soon to see if this was an odd bottle. ---My cellar is around 56.
Lynch Bages vertical (Morton's NYC): Strong. Great sweet fruit with a nice firm structure. Long sweet sappy finish. Tobacco and a touch of acid. Really lovely, striking a great line between soft & structured. My #2 of the night, marvelous stuff. A-
The 1989 Lynch Bages was darker in color than the '90. The nose was less effusive but still offered great cassis and a little tar and cigar box. Even fuller-bodied than the '90, it was also denser and more concentrated on the palate. Also very well balanced and wih a nice long finish, but with tannins a bit more apparent. These two bottles demonstrated the stylistic differences between the '89 and '90 vintages in Bordeaux very well.
Classic mature Bordeaux, with notes of tobacco, graphite, and hints of roast meat/nut, and some coffee. Good acidity as well. Tasted double blind, this reminded me of the 1990 Pichon Baron tasted several months prior, so I guessed Pichon Baron, 1990-1995.
This wine is going strong and with the acidity to balance the structure, this feels in its prime and still has many years left. Excellent stuff, 93-94 points.
A very good wine. decanted for 1.5 hour and drinkfor another three hours, all the way very smooth and nice. The changing is beautiful and lovely. Can divide into 6 stages 1.含苞待開 2.豆簆年華3.窈窕淑女4.風華正盛5.徐娘半老6.最後一夜. Just wondering this can keep for another couple of years or now is on the peak ? I love this more than 89 pichon baron.
Terkel BYO: Classic Bdx nose with loads of black currant leaves, iron and coffee. The palate is also very classic and has black currant fruit, green bell pepper and just a touch of lead pencil. Great and deep fruit profile with a strong acidity and still harsh tannins. Iron is also present in the mid-long aftertaste. Classic and very drinkable.
Birthday dinner (My place): Black color with a red hue. Very classical left bank Bordeaux nose with blackcurrant, bush, leaves, the, pencil shavings, cigar box and green peppers. Similar notes on the palate where the freshness and coolness of the pure blackcurrant fruit is very nice. It maintains a good juiciness and the complexity gains from the tobacco and the notes over the midpalate and finish. Superb fruit/acidity balance and a nicely restrained tannic touch on the end. Beautiful and very classical.
Served and scored blind: Beautiful youthful ruby in color. Young and powerful on the nose and palate. A lung filling nose with great floral and fruit notes. Brick and graphite int he background behind a wealth of rich fruit. Some olives and just beautiful young fabulous bordeaux. 95++
How can this wine still be so young. Double decanted at 4:30PM and then threw into a decanter at 7:30. We drank it about 9PM and it still seemed tight. Definitely a bruiser of a wine that will easily go another 10-20 years.
Incredibly youthful with a core of dark blackcurrant and plummy fruit surrounded by graphite, earthy and smoky nuances. The tannins are still quite firm and prominent on the back end; this is really built for the long haul.
Wow. Just a great bottle. Great nose, seamless palate, great length. Still largely red to rim from my passive cellar (purchased as futures for $20 per, seemed a splurge that I bought six at that price, boy do I wish I had bought more.) No flaws at all, could have a bit more perfume I suppose to make it better, but this is a great LB.
After a legend, the Branaire '52, this wine was still an adolescent at my Christmas dinner. The 94 points indicate absolutely that in 10 years the wine will blossom far more and will gain more points. Very deep and young in colour, with a concentrated, deep and fruity midpalate and a fierce (positive!) concentration in the aftertaste. As my friend Loek suggested: the perfect wine for Xmas 2025.
We drank this one third of the night and really did not give it enough of a chance to open up. Classis Lynch-Bages. Seemed a bit more evolved than previous bottles but still has plenty of life. Definite charcoal on the nose. Again, not the best way to enjoy this wine.
Un Pauillac classique, jeune de 20 ans, qui s’ouvre instantanément sur des arômes de poivrons verts. Le fruit rouge, le chocolat et des arômes de terre s’entremêlent ensuite sur une matière structurée, vertébrée, dans un ensemble lisse et presque satiné. Je suis charmé par ce très beau Bordeaux à point, qui ne fait pas du tout son âge. Merci Larriv. 92
Dinner with great friends in Denver, Night 2 (Denver, CO): Bricking rim, moderate extraction and depth of color. On the nose good aromatics with classic Pauillac aromas of blackcurrant and cigar box… getting hints of more tertiary truffle and spice notes. On the palate still has moderate + to high acidity that is a bit scratchy, a classic claret midpalate, a very nice transition into a seamless finish of moderate + tannins that are moderately ripe and very well integrated. Great balance, very good length and complexity, good intensity. Certainly plenty of finesse there, a hint of textural coarseness at the front of the wine, classic expression of place. I have to say that the 89’s all have something up front texturally that I’m not enamored by… this wine was drinking very well though and is classic. Drink or hold for a few more years.
Annual Dinner with Mark and Megan (Our house. Denver, CO): Opened 6 hours ahead, not decanted. Classic Bordeaux nose (within minutes of pulling the cork). In the mouth this is almost exciting. Slightly sweet medium intensity fruit is nearly immediately lifted by the acidity and ripe tannins to a brighter, layered, more complex level. Good finesse and complexity. Great length, quite pure and complete.
Side by side with the 1990 Mondavi Rsv. Several people called the Lynch as the Californian. Both wines heading towards the sunset but doing so in style. Entirely secondary flavors at this point, but great tanin/acid backbone remains on both. A lot of fun to see them going strong
lively acid, still showing quite the fruit for being 20 years on. definite underbrush. light browning on the edges, but again, not a 20 year old suggestion. corn sweet off the nose. the palate plays a deft hand of minerality. soft, soft tannin. deep fruited finish. well played.
great bottle that is drinking perfectly now...splash decanted and drank over next two hours...nose of cassis, dark fruit, cedar emerged into molasses and coffee bean...tannins are resolved and plenty of fruit still in mouth...no need to wait any longer imho
An outstanding example of Pauillac winemaking in a top year. The wine put on weight over time in the glass. The colour shows no age, but the complexity and balance are there.10th anniversary, Wine 5 of 6, 4 people at Textile's kitchen table
Inky dark garnet color shows amazing elegance and finess! With a pronouncing barnyard manure overtone, it reveals intense dark fruits filled with blackberry, blackcurrant and some very ripe plum. Tobacco and cigar-box bouquet with earthy wet gravel, dark roast coffee and some meaty character. Very exciting and complex nose with layers upon layers of fruit aromas! Full-bodied wine with fine and velvety tannins and well-rounded structure. Firm backbone warrants still great aging potential at this age. Little closed up at first that opens with some breathing time. Blackberry and cassis on the attack surrounded by some chewy steak component. Still tannic mid-palate blended in with nicely balanced acidity. Long finish that is meaty, fruity and clean; it goes on and on and on... Best after 5 more years of cellaring, lasts at least another 10-plus years easy. Decanting recommended.
Dark ruby. Sexy nose of dark fruits, alcohol, tannins and earth. In the mouth, ripe and velvety mouthfeel. It seems a little unbalanced compared to previous tastings though. The alcohol overwhelms the other components. Still a great wine, but perhaps the format shows that it should be drunk sooner rather than later in 750s.
Backwards and undeveloped, this deeply colored wine was shockingly young and primary, with voluptuous black cherry and currant fruit aromas that seem just shaded with cedar, spice and mint. The fruit here is ripe without being overripe and the purity is simply stunning. Thick, rich, fruit-forward and full bodied on the palate - a mouth-filling wine that has an almost California-like texture, this offers exceptional length, solid structure and the ability to age for at least another decade - if not two.
Older Bordeaux at Troquet (Boston, MA): This is a 20 year old wine? Quite dark in colour and very primary in its flavour profile with lots of ripe currant, plum and cassis flavours, touches of graphite and earth emerging underneath and firm tannins lurking underneath. With some air the aromatics really develop and pick up some herbal, chocolate and smoky nuances and there's fantastic balance in the mouth with a silky, polished texture and the acidity and tannins combining perfectly with the rich dark fruited flavours. Fantastic length, still shockingly young now but already an amazing wine (that was only getting better through the night).
A brilliant example of great Pauillac winemaking in a top year. The wine put on weight over time in the glass. The colour shows no age, but the complexity and balance are there. This wine will go for another 20 years. Bravo!
The wine started out a little light on the palate, but with time in the glass, it put on significant weight. The nose leapt from the glass - classic Pauillac nose of cedar, lead pencil, black fruits. A totally sexy, intoxicating nose. Once the wine put on some weight, wow! Deep sweet fruit, balanced acidity and tannins, and a long finish. Am amazing wine.
The deep ruby color was assisted by a beautiful nose of cassis, mint, tobacco, and chocolate. Big, fat, concentrated and well balanced. Tannins are firm, but they have integrated well into the wine. Very broad shouldered. Still young, at 20 years of age, it’s much closer to maturity than previous bottles I’ve tasted. The long, lusty, fruit filled finish had a lot of persistence and was a pleasure to taste. Well stored bottles have at least another 20 or more years of evolution in their future.
Pop and pour. Beautiful Bdx drinking at its peak. Sweet dark fruit, smoke, earth, vanilla, cedar. Silky and elegant. Tannins almost fully resolved. Became a touch disjointed toward the end of the evening so I'd say drink up over the next few years.
Dark red/purple, slightly lighter at rim but still dark red. Rich forward nose with dark fruits, cassis, cedar, leather. Full-bodied, concentrated mouth-coating ripe fruit, sweet tannins, great balance, long finish with persistent fruit, still young, outstanding. My #2 in the blind tasting behind only the '82 Pichon Lalande, though it was also edged out in the voting by a few points by the '82 Certan de May.
Less developed than prior bottles. Dark fruit, cassis and cedar on the nose. Elegance and power on the palate with dark fruit, cassis, oak and vanilla flavors. Great balance and structure. Has the potential to improve with more time. This is very good now, could become a really great wine with a few more years of bottle time.
This bottle was in perfect condition with a very high fill and the cork came out almost unmarked! As predicted still way too young but I felt the quality could still be enjoyed at this stage. Cassis and blackcurrant fruit on the nose with some trademark lead and smoke, plenty of tannin left on the palate but still a lovely harmony to this wine that will reward the patient. I would wait at least another 10 years and think as this wine begins to break down it will develop into something profound!
Wine of the night at Brown Bag Tasting. The wine reeked of pedigree, class and nobility. I guessed Left Bank Bordeaux, 1998-2000. Was off by 10 years. Marvelous juice and ready now. Praised be the ones who bring wines like this to the brown bag tastings.
At Hotel Du Vin, Cambridge. With Hereford Rib-Eye. Decanted 1/2 an hour by the Sommelier - no formal note. Immediately open bouquet, with sweet (but by no means jammy) cassis fruit, tobacco, hints of earth, spice and sous-bois. Medium/full bodied on the palate, very well balanced with sweet, tobaccoey black fruit, moderate but sufficient balancing acidity and fully integrated fine tannins - no rough egdes at all. Good length, sweet finish. Drinking perfectly.
IWFSC Governors Lunch (Mirani's Restaurant): Easily the best showing for this wine I've experienced - Kudos to Tom for what must be impeccable storage. Medium red/purple color with ruby edges. Lovely nose of cedar, pencil leadl, and bright red fruit. Mmmn, lovely round soft red currant fruit and briar on the palate with just a hint of sweet remaining. Drinking perfectly today (though certainly no rush). 94-95 pts.
Lynch Bages Tasting (Don's House): This wine was something else. The bottle was opened but not decanted about two hours before we tasted it. This was a mistake, this wine is young enough to need a few hours in the decanter. I say that because this wine really improved over the course of the evening with the last sip being the best and really rocking. If I had any discipline I would have saved some of this baby for day two! Definitely my WOTN. The color was a little bricked. At first this wine gave very little on the nose and was pretty tight flavor wise. Later in the evening the wine developed into a beautiful thing. Layers of integrated flavors of cassis, dark fruits, leather and earth but with enough soft tannins to let you know that it had even more to offer. Delicious!
Very impressive wine, lasted hours in the glass. Dark classic claret with everything in balance. Ink, leather, smoke with some oak and fruit. Took a while to open up, but the taste was full of elegant flavour of coffee, chocolate, strawberry and mineral notes. Extremely fine and long. Has still decades of life ahead.
This was quite a lovely wine. Though the fruit showed that it was obviously from a warm year, it wasn't over-ripe to my tastes. Once it started to open up (it was still a youngster) it showed as a classic Pauillac with its earthy and slightly herbaceous notes but that classic style was coupled to sweeter than usual fruit (which, for once, I didn't mind at all!). Lovely!
very unhappy with this bottle. served in on NYE with friends we only se once a year. the wine was a bit sour or tart, even after a sufficient decanting. hoping it was a bad bottle as i have a few more of these and really want to make up for this one with the next
Outstanding experience. Perfectly drinkable now, but will last for years. Classic Bordeaux profile. Big earthy nose. Good balance of tannins and fruit on the palate. Strong notes of dark red fruits, tobacco, spice, and graphite. Impressive finish. The best wine I've experienced in some time.
Tasted in blind-tasting with other Bordeaux, from 1986-2000. Still doing very well, color fine. lead pencil on the nose, classic. Excellent balance, everything we expected. Cassis, dark fruit, good balance of acid and tannins now soft. We thought it did have the classic tobacco, some cedar notes, but with sweet fruit. Good for years.
Commanderie de Bordeaux (Rittenhouse Hotel (Lacroix)): Purple core, turning to ruby at the edge. A very forthcoming bouquet, offering up scent of cedary black fruits, anise, smoke and leather. Medium bodied, with good dileneation and incredible balance. A fairly lush texture, with good concentration of fruit and a long, complex finish. There was some bottle variation though; one bottle was a bit tired, but the others (particularly the bottle from Michael's cellar) were singing a lovely song!
Nose: Raspberry explosion was the first impression. Layers and layers keep coming forth on this powerhouse wine. Wood notes supported by mushroom and other bush fruits. This is focused while yet revealing itself in layers.
Palate: Amazing and incredible. As powerful as this wine is, it is still dominated by an effeminate stance that is so enticing. Harmony and symphony. Full coating across the palate in all stages and can possess the capability to put you into a short-term trance.
Overall: This is a precision wine that is simply a thing of beauty. This is my epiphany wine. 95-96 points.
Lynch Bages Vertical (Sweet and Savories): Much different in style than the last bottle I opened. This showed a heavier presence of sweet red fruit vs. darker fruit. It didn’t show a big fresh tobacco streak. The nose was showed asphalt with strawberry compote and fresh raspberries served in a new leather show with a hint of shoe polish. The mouth was still big and smooth and showing great structure. This is a 50 year wine. The finish was long and showing a dominate taste of fresh cigar ash. Different, but still a fun exciting bottle of Bordeaux and perhaps the Magnus Opus of Lynch Bages.
Lynch Bages Vertical 1961-2005 (Sweets and Savories, Chicago IL): nose: very masculine and different nose from the bottle that I had back in may. Intriguing ashen base with loads of red and black fruits, rich creme de cassis tones, herbs, lots of red and black currants, spice tones, along with bits of pencil lead and dark red cherries on top. Insanely alluring as it changes and changes in the glass presenting different facets of the wine as they meld together to create a gorgeously deep nose
taste: still firm tannins with deftly balanced tones of smoke, cedar, loads of red and black fruits, creme de cassis, herbs, and lots of black cherries. Beautiful texture that still gives this a young feel with the medium acidity to boot. Full bodied, but not overbearing this unfolds like a blooming flower on the palate with layer after layer
overall: yet again, another amazing 89 lynch. This is much different from the last bottle I had, but for me at least, its a better bottle. Much more intrigue with the still present power behind it. This was a deeply expressive bottle that seemed to play with you before revealing all it had, and even then there were still surprises to be had. This was just a thing of beauty
Opened two bottles that had been properly cellared since purchase in 1993. Wines were decanted and filtered two hours before they were consumed and both bottles delivered consistent results. The wine was dark ruby, clear with no sign of bricking. A powerful bouquet of ripe dark berries, toasted notes, cedar and tobacco. Concentrated flavors of dark berries, leather, vanilla, and cassis. Very balanced and with soft tannins. This wine is drinking beautifully.
Beautiful, gracefully aging bordeaux. Purple/ruby with a slightly muted nose of dark berry, cassis and pencil. Medium bodied and full of flavors which were rich, smooth, and beautifully integrated. Soft, round tannins with a long finish. Nothing is overdone and it is a subtle, balanced, and elegant wine, but at the same time rich, complex and powerful. This is first-growth quality and is the finest bordeaux I have had in a long time.
WIMPS Bordeaux offline - table 1 (The Ledbury, Notting Hill, London): Still a very dark with little sign of ageing. Could have been 5 years old rather than 19. So young: still rather primary on the nose and palate. great quality. denser, richer, but not heavy. Long finish. Excellent and keeps getting better in the glass. Needs lots more time.
Dark fruit and cedar on the nose. Tastes of blackberry, earth charred oak, soy sauce and cherry. Some complexity on the finish but a rather big disappointment for me despite the high praise by the critics. Not a bad wine by any means but just not living up to its reputation. Provenance is suspect since it was purchased at auction. In much better shape than the last bottle (not mine) I tried a few years back. 12.5% alcohol.
Commanderie de Bordeaux: A classic, full-throttle Lynch Bages. It looked younger than what I was expecting, with a purple core turning towards ruby-garnet at the edge; no amber at all. A powerful bouquet of ripe dark fruits, anise, cedar and earth. I think "huge" would be the best word to describe how it felt in the mouth - a very opulent and hedonistic sytle - but balanced with a sense of smoothness and "just enough" deliniation.
This was the biggest disappointment that I have had with wine. I have had this bottle since it's release and specifically served it for my favorite sister's birthday dinner. I had previously had an '85 version that was rated 91 that I probably drank 5-8 years too soon and it still was great so you can see how excited I was about the '89. I guess I'll get over it :) I still have half of the bottle sitting on the table from three weeks ago.
Just a great bottle drinking beautifully. Hitting on all cylinders, again the only thing short of spectacular is the nose which is a tiny bit muted and does not presage the depth and purity of the palate and the tremendous length and clean finish.
Overall impression: OUTSTANDING! With a few minutes in the glass, there were flowers all over the nose, but surprisingly this is still young. Parker really nailed this if you look at his notes. When I did I said "yeah, that what I meant" LOL This is 95+ points
80s Bordeaux Birthday dinner (Cotes Du Rhone Bistro(Chicago, IL)): nose: very youthful, but just starting to open up with huge classic Pauillac tones of pencil lead, lots of tobbaco leaf, cedar box, sour cranberry, and dark cherry tones. As the night went on, this even started to take on a green tea like aspect too. A fair amount of power on this nose while being very classic
taste: insanely explosive red fruit flavors on the palate with loads of mocha, tobbaco, pencil shavings, cedar box, and cassis tones
overall: I haven't yet had the 00 lynch, but this one is just something special. This is just starting to get into its window and this bottle was showing great. A truly amazing wine that shows the quality of the 89 vintage(and what may behold the 03 vintage in the future) with really explosive flavors and an insanely long finish. This was a very special bottle of Lynch and is well worth looking out for as this one will be rocking in 5-10 years
This was an underperforming bottle. Great mouth feel, with fully resolved velvety tannins. However, in both the nose and the palate, the notes of fruit were subdued and the flavor was a bit lacking. It didn't taste flawed, just didn't meet expectations.
Decanted about an hour. Nice bouquet of dried herbs, pencil lead, earthy and floral notes. On the palate, not quite as exciting. Very dry-bordering tart which seemed to clip the finish and interfere with enjoyment of the secondary complexities-bummer. Never seemed to really come together. 89
Amazing that this wine is still so thick and big after almost 20 years in the bottle. Classic Pauillac. Big, brawny, still tannic. lead pencil / cedar aromas and flavors. Nothing subtle here. Just a really well made, big Bordeaux
Classic Pauillac. Just a little lead pencil on the nose at this point... plenty of fruit and tannins are already integrated. The wine is rocking and drinking well now. Yes, it will get better with age, but no harm in drinking now.
what a bummer. after having such an incredible bottle just weeks before, I decided this was going to be the special bottle to share with great friends on NYE. The cork was saturated throughout and this was a bad sign. The bottle was not corked.. it had no distinct nose to speak of and it tasted flat like cardboard.. nothing else to say except it happens in this sport!
Still young and firm. A streak of green bell pepper (not in a bad way) was prominent on the nose initially but faded. Scorched earth and forest leaves on the nose. A little soy. Over time this opened up to show cedar and blond tobacco notes; dark cherry fruit that struck me as almost plummy. Got sweeter over time.
Kitchen Tasting Group does Lynch Bages: The nose on this one explodes from the glass with black fruit, mushroom and floral notes. The taste delivers a big whallop of iron/mineral with black fruit and tobacco. Great texture. Extremely tannic. Long and satisfying finish. An awesome bottle of wine.
Tasting Group Dinner - Lynch Bages (JP's American Bistro, Minneapolis): Big deep nose of rich dark cherries and herbs. The palate shows layered dark fruit, coffee, and licorice, framed by tobacco and herbs. Grew richer and more expressive as it sat in the glass. Great minerality. Marginally more structured and slightly less ripe than the 1990, and equally thrilling to drink. Co-WOTN for me.
This has been my bottle of the month. What a treat. Outstanding in every respect. Great depth, tremendous finnesse, amazing fruit and great earthy notes .I loved everything about this Lynch. While it was spot on, it clearly has plenty of life in it and will continue to evolve. I think for sure it is among the best 89's I have tasted up there with the Angelus and La Consilante. If you have more than one in your cellar, reward yourself and enjoy... if it is the last, hold off for that special nitht!
Very closed nose compared to the others, nose of deep, dark brooding fruit, more of the same on the palate, rich and tasty, nice medium finish. Fifth of five Lynch Bages tasted blind. Should improve and merit a higher score in four years.
Learning about Bordeaux with the Astorettes; 10/8/2007-10/10/2008 (Cafe Loup): This is still so young with it's pencil lead, rubber tinged nose that offers up subtle notes of dried funghi and rich cassis extract. Big and powerful on entry with a closed, hollow midpalate that yields to a minerally finish that finishes with a lingering final of almost grapey cassis fruit. This is only the second bottle from a case bought on release. I've had more open bottles but these are ageing at a glacial pace. Absolutely pinpoint precision with the structure that offers up an airy elegance even with all this richness and power. 2012-2030
Beautiful darker garnet color and extremely nice nose of mulberry, spice, cassis, and leather, but there was a tartness to the palate that just seemed off. Not sure of the provenance of this recently purchased bottle. Oh well.
Dark ruby. Needed a litle air and time, but after about 30-60 minutes showed enticing nose of cassis, smoke and a little chocolate. Smotthe and elegant, with a clean, lingering finish. This can certainly be drunk with great pleasure now, but I'd guess that well-stored bottles might still need a few years to hit their peak, and easily last 10+ years. At Blantyre.
This was a pleasant surprise. Started out a bit weak, but really opened up after 2 hours. Earthy aroma and medium bodied but could have a bit more body in the midpalate. All in all, I really enjoyed this and couldn't stop drinking it! I'll purchase a few more bottles.
Opened to accompany two dishes, leg of lamb and lamb chops, this wine was the favorite of Christian and Beth, while Nicole and I preferred the ’47 Bosconia. In the glass, the wine was still dark though not quite opaque. The nose was massive with plums and cassis, cedar and graphite, clay, and touches of leather and tobacco. The tannins were still quite gripping, but, otherwise, the wine exhibited a silky mouth feel and concentrated dark fruit with some chocolate. The finish was long and well balanced, and the wine was a fine foil for the lamb (or vice-versa).
opened and tasted immediately. very little sediment for a 17 year old wine. still deep red in color, slightly brown on the edges. at first, very tannic and not much smell, but it opened up after 45-60 minutes and continued to improve for the next 60. still needs 5+ years in the bottle, but this will be excellent.
Bottle opened 6 hours before serving. I still think this needs a little more time in the cellar to show its best. It is definetly begining to take shape and open up but as profoundly rich as this was as a baby I believe there is much more to come. -- Had some left over and couldn't get back to it last night so tonight it has been opened 3 full days and is much, much better. Either hold or give plenty of time for these to open up. 93+ tonight. If the middle fills out the score will go higher.
Decanted one hour. Dark red, starting to brick. Somewhat muted earthy nose, which was only thing less than perfect. Dark berry, chocolate and toast notes on wonderful palate, great length, wondeful purity. Spectacular bottle drinking very well now but still time left.
A real pleasant surprise. Earth, mushrooms, damp forest floor on the nose. Really nice balance and the fruit is very much present at this point. Supporting players of cedar, tobacco, and a hint of mint. Not a super long finish but the fine tannins are very well integrated. Finished the bottle and right away started searching for more...
Tremendous wine! Powerful and soft at the same time. Lovely complex with ripe black currants, blackberries, lead pencil, soft tannin. This wine is so beautiful now, but can last at least another 5 years, probably more. (But why wait?)
Very young color, but sadly lightly corked. Bummer as this is a wine I have not yet had and was greatly looking forward to. In spite of that, still good fruit and great texture. All things in balance but a touch of cork. I can only imagine how good a no-TCA blle would be.
Immediately upon opening, dirty, dusty, slightly smoky scents. This blew off shortly to reveal smoke, spice, leather, and tobacco. This wine is still immensely dark and concentrated with a huge extracted presence on the palate. It is hard to believe this is nearly 20 years old--still very powerful with years ahead of it.
Still quite dark in color. Nose of horse poop, cedar, and dark fruits. Intense, mineral-laden palate with intermixed flavors of black currants, leather, eucalpytus, and fruitcake. Lots of energy and complexity to keep the palate moving. Not a low-acid wine. Long, layered finish. Tannins still substantial. A classic in the making, with an excellent showing tonight.
Seattle Tasting Group 'End of Year Dinner' #4 (Sammamish, WA): A slightly moldy smell at first that quickly dissipated. Horsy, medicinal, penicillin, tannic. The black, medicinal palate made me guess this as the 1990 Lynch-Bages. This is crackling with minerality, wow, not entirely pleasurable right now but intense and very powerful.
Birthday dinner (Casa de Flubis): Dark cassis color with a slightly cleared edge. The nose on this was a bit muted, twinges of cedar and berries. Medium bodied, pronounced tobacco, and leather , thin dark cherry, black raspberry notes. Finish was a bit lean. Might be going through a shut down phase.
Dark garnet with lightening at the rim (but not much). On the nose this hits you like the essence of Bordeaux...brooding cassis, lead pencil, cedar, and tar combine in a powerhouse nose. On the palate, cassis, tar, smoke, and leather combine and are framed by noticable, but controlled, tannins. Drinkable now, but will improve over the years. A real treat...thanks to Jim Stone.
In a tasting: A bordeaux nose to die for. And...incredible. While it will last for decades, it is already amazingly smooth and well-balanced. Truly a world-class wine. It was exceptionally complex with the traditional minerals, yet rich cassis fruit and complex components in the mouth. Hints of tobacco, dark fruits, leather...really just the prototypical bordeaux. We are thrilled to have the rest of the case.
This is an "event wine"; same batch as previous bottle that showed spectacularly after 6 hours decanting. Unfortunately, not able to decant at this event, and the wine did not fully develop... \cork was in great shape, great ruby color, bottle stored properly since I bought it "en primeur". Nose with complex fruits took a while, and did not jump out of the glass. Huge midpalate and finish that lasts forever, definitely appreciate the hint of mint/anise and spices in the finish..bottom line, this has another 20 years of enjoyment left! For now, definitely decant for several hours
Drank with Francois Chandou and his wife Anne at La Cave. I have no viable experience with aged bordeaux and asked Francois if he would share this with me and render his opinion. He opened the bottle, decanted, and poured. Francois felt this bottle was about 75% of what it should be, according to his recollection, having had this wine on many occasions. He detected dryness on the nose and on the palete as well as a slight lacking of fruit. I could detect the dryness, but had no point of reference for the lacking fruit. I thought it outstanding.
Opened about an hour before serving but did not decant. Had a great color (deep and dark). The nose gave off that Pauillac grassiness, which soon softened to reveal, cassis, blackberry, pepper, and some earthiness. The bottle was smooth as the tannins have fallen off and the finish was smooth as well. This was a young bottle.
last night with dinner. decanted at cellar temp. dark red, with just the first hint of age on the color. good, but not great nose at first. same on palate, as this was a good, solid bordeaux for the first two hours with good fruit, balance, some graphite and minerals, but not really showing anything special until the 2.5 hour mark. at that point it had opened, with a great nose and really expanded on the palate to show a much richer wine. plenty of time left on this one. A-/A
Tasting Dinner at Sweets and Savouries (Chicago, IL): Whoa momma. There is a ton of wine here. Unfortunately this didn't have a decant to speak of and was initially quite tight. Nose didn't offer much at first, but yielded dark currant fruit and graphite over time. The palate is stuffed with brooding dark fruits, tobacco leaf and liquid asphalt. Tannins are still very present and confirms that this wine is still a baby. A great and classic effort - thanks Ken. My WOTF and #3 WOTN.
Also reticent, but quicker to shine. Classic in structure, mouthfeel and complexity. Notes of lead penccil, tobacco, earth/truffles and penetrating red fruit. This is a mature wonderful bottle that provided such pleasure. This had outstanding balance and harmony - the characteristics that define a wine for me. This is like wearing a cashmere sweater.
Dinner with Mike Woodhead (Elements - Santa Barbara): A much more open, perfumed, accessable wine than the Canon. Good nose, and good in the mouth, and a decent finish. But not as much of a "wow" as this wine has provided in the past. Everyone liked it, as usual.
Tasted at the home of Eddie Osterland ("quest for the best" dinner). The dinner was attended by Steve and Colleen Nemeth. Bottle taken from my personal cellar. A formal note was not made but this bottle was definitely the wine of the night (consumed with grilled and smoked quail alongside the '89 Leoville las Cases, '87 Dominus and '95 Opus One). My overall impression is similar to 2/1/04.
Leve does 1989 Bordeaux at Mélisse (Los Angeles, CA): Clearly the darkest color of the flight. At first this had loads of spicy, green bell pepper on the nose, but with aeration the bell pepper and green notes turned more and more to green tobacco leaf. Increasingly there are rich notes of black fruit in the nose. Huge, almost monolithic at first, very primary, powerful, black, very tight, really impressive, really young, really needed hours more decanting. A fantastic wine.
Tasting, brief note. Incredible fruit, just not providing much pleasure right now given very assertive structure. 95+ point long term potential when this all comes together, 2010 at the earliest , probably 2015 or later.
Dinner sans Manlin (Lampreia, Seattle): This bottle was either off or extremely closed. I have had this wine before and have been less than amazed by it. Tonight this was nearly as good as it can be. It was not decanted. NR
Dinner without Scott Manlin (Seattle, WA): This was a weird bottle. At first the nose showed an odd yet extremely dominant note of uric acid, I kid you not! Finally, after 30+ minutes of swirling, this shed the weird notes and finally started to show better with green tobacco, mineral, muscular, a taut wine. I have had far more expressive examples, but this is a wine to reckon with.
Good Bdx nose of cedar and tobacco. Good red color, very youthful looking. Medium extraction and body, good complexity and lots of tannins and acid. This is a very big wine but it is no where near ready to drink.
Decanted 6 hours; cork was in great shape, great ruby color, bottle stored properly since I bought it "en primeur". Fabulous nose with complex fruits that jump out of the glass. Huge midpalate and finish that lasts forever, definitely appreciate the hint of mint/anise and spices in the finish..realy lush
Needs time for sure. Lovely nose even at this point, but tannins are all over the place, and the fruit, though there, needs time to shine. Seems somewhat closed. I would hold at least till 2010. One of the better Bordeauxs I have had though. I liked it. IMO, way better than the 89 Pichon Baron at this point, though a lot less approachable as well.
Seattle Tasting Group does 1989 Bordeaux (Issaquah, WA): Charcoal and tobacco scream from the glass. Holy s**t, what a palate, this is so vibrant, piercing, loaded with chery and intense minerality. Wow, this is so pure, stunning and tight. I successfully guessed this as the Lynch Bages. Group average 96.6, wine of the night!
Dark garnet/burgundy colour. Aromas of lead pencil, cedar, spice box, acetone, leather, alcohol. Medium-full bodied, wonderful complexity on the palate, with replays from nose. Long, long finish, 50-55s, with cedar and red fruit.
6/99: Tried 1st bottle. Beautiful nose, rich, fruit. Still early, lots fruit, lush, but still closed--Seemed almost lacking acid, dull. Time will open it up. 5/05: Took one bottle to Terzics...was incredible. Perfect bordeaux, drinking very well now, but ageless.
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.
1989 Lynch Bages Darkest in color so far. Huge powerful nose of tobacco, chocolate, and dirt mixed with black and red summer fruits. Great balance and feel. Long fruity and cedary finish. This wine has a lot more upside and has years to go before it reaches its peak. Fabulous wine. 95 points
Similar to the Montrose in color, dark purple and opaque . Both the LB and the Montrose were much deeper and darker than the other ‘89’s. The nose was exuding ripe black fruit and roasted coffee. The palate of currants was lush and thick. Great wine.
1982-83-89 Bordeaux at Masa's in San Francisco: Not wasting any time, this wine shows a powerful nose of cassis, black cherry, and a touch of red fruit right out of the gate. In the mouth, equally rich, as the fruit were congealing on the inside of the mouth. As somebody at the table said, just "gobs" of flavor. My only possible criticism would be the very slightly awkward character of the elements, as if they never completely integrated. This seems to cause the wine to show a little less finesse than some of the others in the flight.
Maybe the sexiest wine, outside of Burgundy, I've ever tasted, impeccably balanced, extremely nuanced, gorgeous nose and tons of cab flavors but all work together in perfect harmony, wish I could afford more
Lynch Bage vs Pichon Lalande 1986, 1988, 1989, 1995 plus 3 Ringers: Group's 5th place and mine as well out of 11 Bordeaux served blind. Nose: Cola, medicinal cherry scent with woodsy leather aroma. Palate: Coughdrop cherry flavor like I perceive hot vintages. Sweet dry red fruits with toasty edge. Finish has nice lingering cherrywood component. Good mouthfeel and solid. Nice wine, but not killer stuff.
I will only seconded the many favorable notes already posted on this wine. Served along side the '89 Dunn Howell Mountain and there was no comparison in terms of the explosiveness of the multi-layerd nose, complex flavors that just rolled on the tongue and emerged in waves, and a finish that just drew you back for more. A complete wine.
Dark dark red with not a hint of browning. A rich nose of cassis, lead pencil and licorice. On the palate this was still so young. A touch hard, noticeable but fine tannin, the mouthfeel was still rich and the palate concentrated and long. With air this became more and more supple, but still was too young by a good 5 years minimum. The most youthful of recent bottles, this was a great wine, but offering less immediate drinking pleasure.
Group #5, My #4 - Full red/crimson. Medium full aroma of redcurrant fruit with a touch of green stem. Rich round black fruit. Nice structure but balanced and round. Drinking nicely with some age, but will hold for years. 93 pts. 4/05
Pre-Parker warmup dinner at Citronelle (Washington DC): This was not at the level of prior tastes. Roasted black fruit draws you in, yet this wine is reticent and tight, very primary and medicinal with a note of spicy cinnamon peeking out on the nose and an equally spicy interior to the palate. With time some amazing minerality emerges. A hint of tobacco peeks forth, but frankly this magnum is showing very, VERY young!
STG - woopin it up at Roys (Roys Crib): Very dark wine, Pencil lead, tobacco, huge dark fruit, with a thick, think palate. Very tannic finish that is really long. To steal a phrase of my nephews "I gotta get me some of these"
Year end SG Dinner #2 (House of Hersh): I love this wine. The nose showed candied blackberries and lead pencil. The palate is huge with tons of minerals, spices, and tannins. My favorite part about this wine is the spicy, mouthgripping tannins. I love the assertiveness of it.
Seattle Tasting Group 'End of Year Dinner' #2 (Sammamish, WA, USA): Ok, these next two wines in the flight were awesome and similar. I was thinking Latour as each was brimming with ripe, black fruit, and graphite. Not an awful guess actually. The first wine showed massive density with black fruit, pencil lead, and growing notes of cedar. This was clearly an utter baby, so lush and thick with a nice note of red currant dancing on the palate amidst the blackness. I am starting to wrap my head around the Lynch flavor profile, and these are pretty darned delicious!
Bought from an estate sale (something I would not do now), this bottle looked cruddy with a faded torn label, albeit with good fill. Another bottle from the purchase was not wonderful, so I didn't have high hopes. Nonetheless, from the moment the corked popped out, an unmistakable nose of cassis, cedar, plum, and blueberries wafted forth, indicating good things to come. The palate was rich, smooth, delineated, and concentrated, with plenty of cab grip and chocolate notes. Some leathery tones. Thankfully, also lots of cherry-like fruit but no green pepper! Tannins were evident but not overpowering, and the finish was long. Great bottle!
Wine with friends (Seattle, WA, USA): Mmm, the nose is dense and black with loads of tobacco, such classic Pauillac. The palate is rich, somewhat slutty with caramel, sweet fruit and dusty earth. Wowza, what a fun, knockout of a wine. Still, it doesn't compare fully to the thoroughly classic 1985 Las Cases.
Cassis, black fruit, cigar and BBQ spices on the nose. Dense, concentrated, chewy, full bodied, huge masculine wine. Ample tannin remains to resolve. This is not a wallflower of a wine. It’s a bruiser.
Dark red, still no bricking around the rim. A nose of lead pencil, cedar, bergamot, leather and beef blood. On the palate a concentrated and deep wine, still tannic, tremendously savoury wine, great structure, a fantastic length, and noticeable black fruit. The most backward bottle I have tasted, this is a superb wine showing only mild signs of age. 15 years minimum life left.
The fruit seemed a bit pale sitting next to the Cos but it had a lovely aroma of black fruit and coffee. Still a bit tannic on the palate, this wine will definitely still benefit from 4-5+ years of cellaring before it hits its peak. 92 pts. 6/04 (VinExpo OL)
Wine tasting. Not even close to ready. Big nose with lots of spice and dense, black fruit. Huge potential. Palate is just tannic and tough to fairly assess, coming across as even slightly bitter on finish. I wish this had been decanted in advance. Clearly there is great underlying material here, it is just hard to tell if the tannins will remain tough before this wine becomes more interesting.
Tasted at Amy Weinberg's Super Bowl party. Bottle taken from my personal cellar and double-decanted one hour in advance. Bright disc. Deep garnet robe with slight bricking at the rim. Clean nose, showing an explosive bouquet of cocoa, meat, black cherry, leather and clove. Full-bodied on the palate, with low acidity, big ripe tannins and similar complex flavors as for the nose. The smooth finish goes on and on. This is classic Lynch!
Tried the 1989 in Jan 2004. Deep red w/o bricking. An earthy/leather nose without any off odors. Soft with smooth tannins. Notes of black cherry, raw meat and cola. Drinking well but will continue to drink well into the future. 94+.
Dark red. Notes of caramel and pudding. Excellent mouth feel. The texture was like that of thick velvet, the taste impression like that of sweet moccha and chocolate, with a hint of tobacco. Quite structured and obviously a wine built for the long haul, yet a pleasure to enjoy today. The finish was smooth, balanced and long. Excellent. My guess was Pichon Baron.
Tasted at Chris and Suzanne's house. The intense cedar shavings, chocolate, and black cherry nose was decadent and worth 95 points on its own. The palate was also stellar with leather, black fruit, earth, cedar, and spice. This wine has decades ahead of it.
Tasted at Patrick & Naoko's. Cocoa, powerful black fruit. Remarkably smooth on the palate at first, although this got choppier and tighter as the night wore on. Very powerful mid palate with a complex finish. This wine WOW'ed me at first, but I found myself liking wine B and its nose much more. This one was too brooding for me. I'm a dummy, but the silky smooth mouthfeel led me to guess '89 Quilceda when in fact this was '89 Lynch Bages.
The comparison between the 89 & 90 clearly demonstrate the differences between vintages. Opaque, purple color. Compelling perfume of ripe, black fruit, cassis, herbs and cedar that explodes from the glass. Huge, full-bodied, almost dense wine. Extremely concentrated, very thick. A long fruit filled, slightly chalky finish. This huge, hulking wine is not for lovers of finesse or for the faint of heart. It is very powerful and masculine. But in its own way, it's a compelling wine, towering over the 90. As open as it was, another 5-8 years of cellaring will improve the wine. It has a long future ahead.
Dark red. Absolutely no sign of aging at the rim. Heavenly scent. Whiffs of tea and mushrooms coming out of the glass. Also, dark berries. Very pleasing and harmonious on the palate, and sweeping across all spectra of nuances in a seamless fashion. Balanced, and integrated. Round, ripe, and that cigarbox is peeking it's head through. Excellent! Much better than the bottle I had some months ago.
I wrote this note a long time ago... the descriptions are a little dramatic, but I remember being overwhelmed by this wine and all of its properties.
Spectacular, it's as if the Green Giant and Willie Wonka were asked to invent a new style of red fruit candy which grows on vines, and Lynch Bages in 1989, picked, fermented, and bottled the candy fruits and made a spectacular wine out of them.
The wine has a different taste than I am used to. All I can say is that the fruit is so ripe and sweet, and "neat". The flavor is uncanny. The wine is highly extracted and backward, like jumping feet first from a pool and landing head up on a diving board. I liken the tannins to a parachute not opening. It is a great and beautiful ride, until that sudden stop when you hit the ground. But in this story, you walk away and want to jump again.
The wine has sweetness at the tip of the tongue, baby fat and grip on the edges, sweet tannin all the way through and a long long long finish. Will probably get better and last for a long time.
Tasted at blind horizontal 1989 Bordeaux tasting at Vintage Wines, Ltd. Bright, with opaque purple center and purple rim. Closed on nose, but with some currants and oak. Moderately intense palate of black cherry and cedar. Tannic finish. Despite low acidity, this baby is built for the long haul.