Nose shows super-reduced, stewed fruit: blackberry, blueberry, rhubarb, beetroot, and sweaty saddle. Beautiful structure: hard and spiky on the entry, yet softening in the mouth. Hairy tannin over strong acidity, with flavours of graphite, saddle leather, blackberry, star anise, smoky oak, and lemon peel. Intensely tannic, yet super-open and drinkable.
We drank this yesterday evening along side a Chateau Margaux 82. Crimson red in colour showing its youthfulness despite being 26 years old. On the nose a blend of dried red and black fruits, hints of wood. Lovely on the palate, well balanced. Very good length. A complete wine.
I'm going to go out on a lim here and score this wine a perfect 100! Surprised nobody else has. Decanted and drank over two hours. Cork in perfect state, fully soaked and fragrant after a week. Open from the outset but kept getting better and more complex as the evening wore off. Crimson color, hardly any signs of aging, this is better than most of the 89s I've had to date. Open nose of mature black and red berries, hints of licorice and spices that I have found on some left bank 89 bordeaux, graphite and forest floor. On the palate, amazingly velvety but powerful entry, rich on the mid palate with the perfect intermingling of balance, complexity and weight one expects from a top class mature wine, very long mocha tinged finish but this wine still has a long life ahead although from this bottle I believe it has reached its maturity. Simply flabbergasting wine from one of my favorite all time vintages.
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(Lynch Bages) Waterfall came first in the nose of the 1989 Lynch Bages, which is not that common in Bordeaux. There was a bit of stable in the nose, but not really quite that. There was some espresso, but not really quite that, either. Cola, that was there really, as was peanut J. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks – sautéed string beans yum! The palate was big and rich, quite enormous and even more impressive in its power than the Leoville Barton. There was enough alcohol here for a high school prom. The ’89 was still quite young. It was big, black and dark. Did someone say something about….never mind (95).
(Lynch Bages) was served out of magnum, and a bruiser accordingly. There was an intense nose that definitely needed some air, but once you got past the windex, cat.s pee and alcohol action, there was meaty, beefy fruit with deep cassis, tobacco, earth and pencil shavings. The palate was very tasty with flavors of beef, cassis, pencil and earth, with a long earthy, rocky finish. The wine was outstanding with great power and finesse, and secondary coffee grind flavors