1986 Château Lynch-Bages

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
Drink between 2005 - 2022 (Edit)
CT92.1 316 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 274

  • AdinG Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 24, 2022 - This wine was showing well. It was well stored and actually tasted somewhat young. I feel it should have the potential for 10 more years. Tasted red fruits, smooth tannins, hints of cedar. Solid vintage for lynch-Bages fans.

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  • Cailles wrote: 92 points

    March 22, 2022 - 20 Vintages of Lynch Bages (1986-2017): All wines tasted blind. Not decanted. A few conclusions: 1) The overall quality of the wines surpassed my (and the groups) expectations slightly. There were good wines in all decades. 2) The style is very Cabernet, very Pauillac with a good grip, pleasantly high acidity and a good, not too ripe fruit core. 3) Most vintages don‘t have the depth of its neighbours and, until more recently, there are some quite angular tannins. 4) Lynch these days doesn’t reach the same elegance and complexity as both Pichons but plays in the same league as Pontet Canet, which, is less classically built. 5) Highest rating of 95 pts for 3 crowd favorites: of course for the 1990 and 2016, but rather surprising also for the 2017.

    TN: Medium+ intense nose with a core of ripe dark berries, leather and tobacco and some black truffles. Everything is very fine, not perfectly delineated but overall very inviting. On the palate this shows fine dark fruit, slightly greenish underbrush notes, some smoke and crushed rocks. The tannins have nicely melted, the acidity is pronounced but still this is nicely structured, with a fine creamy texture. Overall, this is quite balanced. This is fully mature, with a fine structure as the highlight. However, it has not the precision to truly excite. 91/92 pts.

    Decanting: A short decant (1h) should do the job.

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  • sirpat00 wrote: 91 points

    March 14, 2022 - Lynch Bages vertical (1986-2017): Lynch Bages vertical spanning 20 vintage (1986-2017) hosted by a private collector. My key observations were: 1/ The “twin peaks” of 1989 and 1990 continue to perform well, 3/ among the younger vintages 2017 and 2016 stood out, 3/ mid- to late-90ies were unimpressive as a group, rustic with harsh tannins, 4/ 2000-2008 showed extracted fruit profiles, but with juicier palates, 5/ After 2009 the fruit turned brighter and more red in nature, less extracted and fruit-forward palates. Note the wines were not decanted and served blind in flights of 4.

    Tasting note:
    Nice earthy base notes with floral and perfume overlays. Red cherry, black current in a beautifully fresh style. A bit of lead and pencil shavings. Plenty of cigar box and tobacco on the palate and the fruit had a nice bite to it, unfortunately with a greenish, unripe sting. Tannins still coating mouths left right and center, especially towards the finish. Mid palate was lacking and acidity was a bit too prominent.

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  • vintage_whine wrote:

    January 12, 2022 - Red cherry cough syrup. Fruit is still red and dense. Graphite and powerful wound up tannins in the backgrounds but still somewhat open. Small amount of brett. 20 years to go

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  • Likes this wine: 92 points

    November 5, 2021 - After a disappointing 1961, the 1986 LB was singing. Big rich and very long. Still lots of energy and coupled with layers of flavours, this LB is a keeper!

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  • By John Kapon
    Mt. Sinai Benefit, 3/9/2007

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/17/2004 (link) 93 points

    (Château Lynch-Bages) Nice, bright, berry, cassis nose; tight but tasty, tart berry, cherry palate with well integrated oak; medium finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1986
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Lynch-Bages
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Pauillac
  • UPC Codes 000008738028, 014100076629, 0400005643774, 041224152502, 072180692740, 078742374604, 087000326774, 204022504342, 206486002594, 3554770032428, 3760020131661, 3760020132361, 3760020132750, 3760020133436, 3760020133979, 400002298236, 649185961968

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 13 (0%)
  • In Cellars 3,151 (61%)
  • Consumed 1,990 (39%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

broccolini, Lamb and Lentils, Leg of lamb, Meat Mountain, portobello mushroom, Steak

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