1988 Château Lynch-Bages

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
Drink between 2002 - 2016 (Edit)
CT92 340 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 269

  • Hanover Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 9, 2022 - A spontaneous selection, but no preparation was needed. Very pleasant - bright color - solid nose. Familiarly herbaceous, blackberry flavor with good acidity and balanced tannins. Should last a while yet.

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  • brh_wine Likes this wine: 95 points

    September 9, 2022 - Great wine, still great after all these years. No time for more comments.

  • hprphf wrote: 92 points

    September 7, 2022 - There is something very Lynch about this wine. Pencil case, cadar wood, light. 92

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  • Michael Hung wrote: 84 points

    April 19, 2022 - 4/19/22 Vinum55 Phoenix BYOB Tasting (Vinum55 Phoenix): [Decanted for sediment]
    Med intensity of leather, game, green bell pepper, slightly spicy nose. Light body, low acid, low tannin. Not much structure or body left and the fruit was basically completely gone, left with the essence of bell pepper and smokey meats in tomato juice base. Perhaps some dried plum, but just overshadowed by the more intense vegetal note. Most also thought it was way over the hill, left with structureless tomato juice. Nonetheless, you can taste the history and age here. While there was the lack of structure, there were very prominent tertiary notes and remnants of green bell pepper. I would say drink this now as it is already quite past the hill.

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  • W&FS Cellar Chair Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 3, 2022 - Surprising amount of fruit for a Bordeaux of this age. But maybe not, since fruit has been a hallmark of Lynch Bages compared to other Pauillacs. Double decanted and consumed about an hour later with cheddar cheese. Delicious, with a great deal of complexity and a long finish. Clearly, at its peak and time to drink up over the next couple of years. It will not get better than it is now.
    This wine was upon release labeled a "Classic" especially compared to the wonderful 1989 and 1990. What they really meant was that it was tannic and closed by comparison. Fortunately, that meant the price was lower and those who bought the '88 should be congratulating themselves.

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  • By Neal Martin
    A Century of Bordeaux: The Eights (May 2018), 5/18/2018 (link)

    (Lynch Bages Lynch-bages Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Ian D'Agata
    January 2012 (link)

    (Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/13/2012 (link) 92 points

    (Château Lynch-Bages) Dark purple red violet color; mature, mushroom, brett, iodine nose; tasty, mature, iodine, light brett, mushroom, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/18/2003 (link) 92 points

    (Château Lynch-Bages) Reticent minty, herbaceous nose; rich, cedar, cassis palate; medium finish 92+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1988
  • 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, 000009137073, 041224152502, 078742374604, 204022504342, 206486002594, 3388111072916, 3554770032428, 3700218200021, 3760020131661, 400002298236, 649185961968

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 14 (0%)
  • In Cellars 2,189 (58%)
  • Consumed 1,599 (42%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Barbecue, Leg of lamb

Who Likes This Wine

97% Like It  72 votes

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