1990 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Wine Tasting Note


1990 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 96

Just a superb example of Lynch Bages at its best, drinking in its prime time window. The wine is concentrated, character-driven and filled with ripe red currants, tobacco leaf, cigar box and cedar aromatics. The tannins are ripe, soft and refined, leaving you the perfect amount of freshness, wet earth, herbs, leafy tobacco, cassis, spice and blackberry in the finish. If you have a bottle, do not hesitate to pop a cork.

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From a magnum, this was just great! Full-bodied, deep, long, intense and complex, the wine is concentrated with ripe, dark red fruits, wet earth tobacco and forest floor. The firm, refined tannins add the right backbone to all that gorgeous, ripe, red fruits. You can drink this now, give it more time. But there is no real reason to wait as this is just singing today.

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Stunning in every sense of the word, this bottle was pristine. Elegant, concentrated, regal and potent, the full bodied wine had ripe, soft tannins and an elegance to the finish. The nose, loaded with tobacco, cedar chest, forest floor, smoke, cassis and cherry could keep you busy for hours. Splash decanted, this was a beauty!

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A good, but probably not pristine example. On the nose the wine offers its cedar, tobacco, cassis, herbal and leafy character with ease. Full bodied and concentrated, there is depth, but this bottle shows a bit more rusticity that it should, and there is an herbal, leaf and green component that takes away from the spicy, red fruits.

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Grace, power and elegance, with the structure to continue aging, a nose of tobacco, cigar box, lead pencil, and herbs and a mouth full of fresh, crisp, sweet, blackberries and cassis and soft textures. Drink it or age it further, either way, this is a winner!

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I've probably tasted 1990 Lynch Bages 2-3 times this year and each bottle has been remarkably consistent. What more could you ask for in Pauillac? Full body, intense concentration of flavor, aromatic complexity, sensuous, elegant textures, ripe fruit and tannins and a long finish that's packed with layers of ripe, fresh berries make this a treat. The original $30 price is looking good these days.

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What a sexy little beast this has morphed into. The tannins are refined and elegant. There is a lot of concentration of fruit and flavor, yet, every part of this wine is polished, plush and soft, There are no hard edges to be found. And it tastes incredibly young and fresh and improved in the glass during the night . You can age this for decades, or enjoy it today. Tasted blind, I thought it was 2000 Pichon Baron, another wine I love. If anyone felt this was the best Lynch Bages of all time, they'd get no argument from me. Why not? If they picked 1989 or 2009, I also see their point. 1990 Lynch Bages is at that same high level. this is truly a stunning Pauillac that is worth seeking out.

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Tobacco leaf, cigar box, gravel, black cherry, cassis, herbs, cedar wood, lead pencil, forest floor and earthy scents capture your attention. On the palate, with its sweet tannins, layers of ripe, fresh, black and red fruits and spice, you want to delve deeper into the wine. This is a serious Pauillac with a lot to offer. Lately, over the past 12 months, I've preferred 1989 Lynch Bages over the 1990. Prior to 2010, the 1990 had been my favorite. At this tasting, both vintages deserved high scores for different reasons. 1989 Lynch Bages is more powerful and tannic, but 1990 Lynch Bages offers a more refined, supple, elegant quality. Either way, these two back to back vintages are sublime.

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One whiff of the gorgeous, smoke, coffee, tobacco, plum, tapenade, cassis, spice, lead pencil and earthy perfume and you know you're tasting a great Pauillac. Blind, the wine feels like a Pomerol as it gracefully fills your palate with ripe, pure, intense, juicy plums, cassis and spice. 1990 Lynch Bages juxtaposes power with elegance. This is probably my favorite vintage of Lynch Bages to drink today. As this wine continues to develop, I would not be surprised to see it gain another point. It's a very special Pauillac with all the great qualities of the 1990 Bordeaux vintage.

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This is the silkiest vintage of Lynch Bages I've ever tasted. The velvet tannins and opulent textures remind me of a Pomerol. Concentrated with ripe, sweet, opulent layers fruit, this Pauillac is filled with cassis, tobacco, black cherry, earth, spice, cigar box, stone and forest floor sensations. This sublime Bordeaux wine should continue to improve and offer pleasure for decades.

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This powerful wine opens with truffle, cassis, tobacco, earth and barn yard notes. Concentrated and filled with juicy, ripe black berry and cassis flavors, this intense wine is showing well today and with more time, it's going to get better!

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The wine opens with ripe, cassis, tobacco, spice and tobacco. Full bodied, with soft round tannins, the soft, elegantly styled, fruit filled finish expresses ample, ripe fruit character. My favorite vintage of LB for current drinking.

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Dark, red, ruby color with lightening around the edges. Cassis & smoke on the nose. Full bodied. Silky, lush black fruit on the palate. Surprisingly accessible. This has more in common with the 85 than the 89. Good, but not great. Will improve with a few additional years of bottle age

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Lynch Bages reflections Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Lynch Bages, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Lynch Bages needs time in the cellar before it can truly be enjoyed, as the wine is quite powerful and tannic in its youth. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-4 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Lynch Bages is usually better with at least 10-15 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Lynch Bages offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15-50 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Lynch Bages with Wine, Food and Pairing Tips

Chateau Lynch Bages is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Lynch Bages is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Chateau Lynch Bages is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

The white wine, Blanc de Lynch-Bages is perfect for a wide variety of seafood dishes, raw and cooked, chicken, veal, pork and of course, cheese.

The Cazes family own vineyards in several regions outside of Bordeaux. Since 2006 the Cazes family owns vines in the Rhone Valley, in Chateauneuf du Pape they own Domaine des Senechaux and they also make wine at Domaine de L’Ostal Cazes in Minervois. They have a partnership in the Douro with the Roquette family to produce Xisto Roquette E Cazes.

Wine, food and hospitality are not the only things the Cazes family are invested in. In 2015, Jean Michel Cazes announced he was producing beer as well. The first beer from the Cazes family Brasserie de Bages beer, is aptly named "D2," which takes its name from the famous Route de Medoc highway in Bordeaux that runs north to south in the Left Bank. Three beers are being made, Le Cask, which is aged in old, used, Lynch Bages barrels and a 100% wheat beer, La Beneze.

The Cazes family is also involved in arranging for customers to produce their own wine through their company, VINIV. Customers can purchase grapes from either the Right Bank or the Left Bank, and with the help of wine makers at Chateau Lynch Bages, they can create their own custom blend and label it as they wish, provided they purchase at least one barrel, which is 25 cases of wine.

Starting with the 2015 vintage, Chateau Lynch Bages upped their technology game when they became the first estate in Bordeaux to use the "Winegrid" system. Winegrid monitors the development of the wine inside the barrel or vat, keeping track of the wines alcohol level, sugar content, color and ambient temperature. The technology is being developed with the help of Jean Charles Cazes.