October 12, 2019 - Decanted this for more than two hours. Immediately after opening this 30-year-old beauty emits an incredibly intense yet elegantly balanced smell of cherries, vanilla, rice pudding and oak with hints of wet soil, burnt paper and interesting notes of a grain mash. On the palate a mild, oxidized initial approach with raisins, caramel and tawny port. Then the tannins sprout through and deliver a long, dry, shimmering finale. Perfect balance and taste choreography. At this point a rather quiet, elegant wine. Perfect match to Chopin piano music.
October 10, 2019 - Top 89 Bordeaux (Noizé, London): Having had a sublime bottle of this, and a distinctly mediocre one, tonight’s pitched up halfway between the two, and twenty years too soon. Gorgeous deep but bright ruby. Blackcurrant and blackcurrant leaf. Initially seems quite resolved on the palate, certainly on the attack, but a good dense grip to the finish and it seems to tighten with air. Very dense and grippy and this is intensified surprisingly with food. Lacking finesse. Needs a few years. Impressive but monolithic. **(**’
October 5, 2019 - Degustation chez Zim on 5th of October, 2019 (Chez Zim): on the nose some sweet notes, on the palate black fruit, nicely integrated tannins, very good.
October 5, 2019 - I share the two previous comments. This is a great wine. Good fruit and concentration. Soft integrated tannins. A wonderful mature Bordeaux that is not likely to improve but will hold for several years.
September 30, 2019 - Decanted 90 minutes. Wonderful nose of dark fruits and earth. Dark fruits and wonderful concentration. Great finish. Just a pleasure to drink. I suppose it will last for a long time but not sure it will get any better. A-/A
September 29, 2019 - Purchased as futures and cellared continuously at 66 (+/- 2) degrees. The cork was wet to about 3/4, but no issues. No real ullage. Incredibly youthful for a 30 year old wine. Very little bricking. Decanted for 2 hour, as it seemed closed at first. After breathing a bit, the wine spread its wings. I don't really have words for the nose or flavor, other than it's an exceptional Pauillac. The flavors go on and on. Everything I want in a Bordeaux. This wine is drinking beautifully, should continue to get better and may be great for another 25 years, if well stored. Score is one point higher than 2015. Truly a special wine.
September 20, 2019 - Top shoulder fill and cork fully saturated. Wine stil in good shape, though. Tense dark brambly fruit with notes of tar and licorice. Black tea and loam. Long intense finish.
September 20, 2019 - Absolutely sublime. Upon popping the cork the bouquet filled the room with notes of sweet black fruit, cigar box, and truffle. Decanted for 3 hours. The palate was exquisite...texturally so elegant, and flavours are so complex with plenty of dark fruit, but also those tertiary earth elements. At 30 years, this has so much life to it...will drink well for many years. This shows why it pays to let fine bordeaux reach maturity...nectar of the Gods here.
September 20, 2019 - Superb with dark fruit, graphite, pencil shaving, some leather notes and length that lingered
August 25, 2019 - Similar to my note April last year, 1989 Lynch Bages is a textbook wine, super classic - offered nice opulent dark fruits, strong minerals, light cedar, modest smoke, shaved pencil, peppr spices, and good acidity, very complex structure and finish was very long and lingering.