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Château Lynch-Bages

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2018 Château Lynch-Bages Blanc de Lynch-Bages  (Bordeaux) 93

Just picked honeysuckle, orange rind, Granny Smith apples and vanilla are a treat to smell. Packed with citrus on the palate, the lemon chiffon finish is perfect for current drinking. The wine is a blend of 59% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% Semillon, and 20% Muscadelle.

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2018 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 97

Blue-black with purple accents, the pure crème de cassis aromas stand out easily. This wine combines power with layers of ready, succulent, dark penetrating fruits. Even though this is probably the densest Lynch Bages I recall tasting, the unique vintage character keeps the wine light on its feet. All this strength and purity is wrapped up nicely with ripe tannins and a long finish. Clearly, 2018 is a contender for the best vintage of Lynch Bages ever produced -- and with their string of hits, that's a real statement! Produced from 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 14.1% alcohol. The picking took place September 18 to October 9 and 65% of the harvest was used to produce the Grand Vin. 96-98 Pts

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2017 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 95

Dark in color, the wine jumps with fresh, cassis aromatics tinged by tobacco, earth, smoke and a touch of vanilla. Crunchy, crisp and showing sweetness and peppery tannins, this full bodied, concentrated wine will need at least a decade before it hits it hits its stride. This is a very strong vintage for Lynch Bages and could become much better as it softens and develops. Produced from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.72. The Grand Vin was made from 65% of the harvest.

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2017 Château Lynch-Bages Blanc de Lynch-Bages  (Bordeaux) 93

Vanilla, citrus, lime and green apple create a fresh, bright, citrus-filled package. Vibrant pomelo sticks with you through the refreshing finish.

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2016 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 97

With a nose of cedar, cigar box, tobacco leaf, smoke, red fruits and spicy aromas create the complex aromatics. Pour the wine into your glass and it only takes a single sip to know this is a stunner. The wall of juicy, ripe, sweet red fruits never quits. The wine is powerful, stoic, refined and generous. If you are a Lynch Bages fan, you need this in your cellar. Lay this down for 12-15 years and enjoy it over the next 30 years or more!.

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The wall of powerful fruit and tannin is intense. Layers of fresh, crisp, ripe, red fruit just doesn't quit. Rich, concentrated and focused, with a mouth-feel that leaves an impression, this should age without fear for at least 40 years.

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Intensity, concentration, character and length combine perfectly. In fact, everything here is in perfect proportion. The tobacco, smoke, wet earth, lead pencil and mocha nuances add to the ripe, sweet, dark red, earthy fruits. There is energy in the long, mouth-filling finish.

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Powerful, concentrated and long and with depth of flavor, this wine is rich and fat, like someone wearing a gold Rolex and a diamond pinkie ring. There is a refined, stern, masculine quality to the fruit with a finish that lasts and sustains the layers of fresh, sweet black currants. This is probably the best Lynch Bages since 1989/1990. Produced from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine is aging in 75% new French oak barrels. Reaching 13.4% alcohol with a pH of 3.69, the picking took place September 28 to October 12 and the Grand Vin represents 65% of the harvest.

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2016 Château Lynch-Bages Blanc de Lynch-Bages  (Bordeaux) 92

Crisp, fresh, citrus, flowers, lime and green apple notes, with a round, sweet, appealing, crunchy, yellow citrus finish are what you'll find here.

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2015 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 95

Dark in color, the wine is powerful, deep, dark, concentrated and full bodied. The palate enjoys layers of fruits that are concentrated, long, fresh and vibrant. There is a great, crisp, crunchy quality to the fruits.. This will require at least a decade of age before it really starts to show its all.

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Another 2015 that has really stepped up in quality after the aging, this is a winner! Full bodied, concentrated, long, fresh and vibrant, with a crunch and sweetness to the cassis and blackberry fruits, everything is tied together nicely with its accents of cedar, tobacco and forest nuances. Like all the top vintages of Lynch Bages, this will require at least a decade of age before it really starts to show its all.

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Hitting the top of my range, or even higher will be easy for this wine. Full bodied, concentrated, tannic, fresh and deep, with a lot of character, the wine will require at least a decade to come around.

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The nose is quick to present tobacco, moist forest floor, smoke and vanilla. With a deep ruby color, this wine is fresh with a core of cassis, black cherry, earth and a dollop of olive tapenade. The tannins are crisp and clean, leaving you with a gust of sweet cassis in the finish. Produced from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine is aging in 75% new, French oak barrels, reaching 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.62 92 - 94 Pts

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2014 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 93

Produced from 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this classically styled Pauillac has bite, lift, fruit, tobacco, cassis and all the tannin and structure needed to age for decades.

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Produced from 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this classically styled Pauillac has bite, lift, fruit, tobacco, cassis and all the tannin and structure needed to age for decades.

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If you are looking for a classic Pauillac that delivers lead pencil shavings, cedar and spicy cassis, you came to the right place. Exuberant, yet classic and reserved, there is plenty of ripe, round tannins and ample raw material, to make sure this should age quite nicely.

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Deep ruby in color with cassis, earth and blackberry in the nose which pops effortlessly. This wine is a full-bodied, ripe, concentrated mouth-filler loaded with sweet, black fruits, ripe, crisp tannins and a long, fresh, invigorating finish. Produced from 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine is aging in 75% new, French oak barrels, reaching 13.73% alcohol, with a pH of 3.68. 92-94 Pts

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2014 Château Lynch-Bages Blanc de Lynch-Bages  (Bordeaux) 89

Fresh and lively with a uplifting mist of grapefruit, honeydew and orange, this wine has a sweet, honey-coated note and a soft, yellow, citrus finish. 52% Sauvignon Blanc, 28% Semillon, and 20% Muscadelle. 89 Pts

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2013 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 88

With a nose of fresh cassis, thyme, cedar wood and earthy scents, this medium bodied wine is forward, with a tangy, bright, spicy, red plum and cassis note in the finish.

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Ruby red in color with coaxing aromas of cassis, cedar and stone, this straightforward wine has crisp, crunchy cassis notes and an easy-to-drink finish. This should drink well young. From a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The alcohol reached 13% and will be aged in 75% new French oak barrels. The yields were a low 31 hectoliters per hectare. 64% of the crop was used in the Grand Vin. 90-91 Pts

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2013 Château Lynch-Bages Blanc de Lynch-Bages  (Bordeaux) 90

The showy perfume pops with melon, flowers, cantaloupe and grapefruit, seguing into a bright wine that’s light in color and filled with fresh citrus. Drink this medium-bodied wine young. 90 Pts

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2012 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 90

Tannic, firm, medium/full bodied, fresh, crisp fruits need time to develop and come together. The wine finishes with a fresh, blackberry and cassis note.

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71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot created a wine that will be aged in 75% new French oak. It took some effort to find the cedar, cassis, coffee and earthy notes. The ample tannins are refined, ending with spicy creme de cassis sensations. This will take time to soften. 90-93 Pts

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2012 Château Lynch-Bages Blanc de Lynch-Bages  (Bordeaux) 91

From a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Semillon and 13% Muscadelle, the wine will be aged in 50% new French oak. Honeydew melon, lychee nut, lemon peel and orange scents pop with no effort. Zesty, bright and fresh, the wine ends with invigorating citrus, pineapple and lemon zest. 90-92 Pts

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2011 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 90

Tight, the wine needed coaxing to develop its cassis, tobacco, earth, cedar and tobacco nose. Medium/full bodied, the tannins are a bit dry on the palate. there is a good sense of crispness in the cassis, blackberry and cranberry finish. This will be better after a few years in the cellar.

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72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot are found in the blend, which reached 13.2% alcohol and will be aged in 75% new oak. Yields were 45 hectoliters per hectare. Deep in color with a perfumed filled with coffee, blackberry, chocolate and tobacco, there are ample fresh and bright cassis flavors found in the finish. 91-93 Pts

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2011 Château Lynch-Bages Blanc de Lynch-Bages  (Bordeaux) 92

Blending 65% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Semillon and 22% Muscadelle, the wine opens with grapefruit, honeydew melon and spice, finishing with a long, fresh, clean, bright, wave of lemon, citrus and lychee nut. 91-93 Pts

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2010 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 95

Just an infant in its development, the wine is all about its potential. Powerful, full-bodied, concentrated and quite bright, fresh and tannic, the wine is not in a fun place to drink. The fruit is bright, lifted, fresh and firm, and there is a lot of it. But the structure and tannins are so front and center today that it demands at least a decade of aging before becoming civilized. For classic Pauillac fans, this is going to be worth the wait. But patience is warranted.

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Dark ruby in color, blackberry, mint, cedar, smoke, jam and earthy scents took some effort to find, as the wine is beginning to close down. Powerful, full bodied, tannic, dense, the wine is packed with fresh, crisp, spicy cassis berries. The wine is long, deep, fresh and polished, with a lot of tannin and structure to the wine. Consumers will need to exercise patience, as this will demand at least 10 or more years before it’s fun to drink.

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2010 Lynch Bages is a deep, powerful, tannic, concentrated wine with a dark, ruby color. Creme de cassis, blackberry jam, flowers and earthy scents fill the perfume. In the mouth, this big, full bodied, powerful, rich, intense, tannic wine will require 15-20 years before becoming civilized and revealing all its charms. From a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Franc this Bordeaux wine makes a good contrast in style to the more opulent 2009 Lynch Bages. 94-95 Pts

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2010 Lynch Bages 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Franc made up the blend for 2010. Visually, the wine sports a deep ruby color. It’s big, fat and concentrated, sweet ripe, blackberries and cassis. This is a masculine, powerful, structured vintage for Lynch Bages. The tannins are ripe, but this wine will require serious aging before becoming civilized. The wine ends with a blast of ripe, chewy cabernet fruit. Yields were close to 10% less across the board than in 2009 at 50 hectoliters per hectare. 94-95 Pts

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2010 Château Lynch-Bages Blanc de Lynch-Bages  (Bordeaux) 89

Fresh citrus, flowers, honeydew and pineapple notes resonate in the nose. The wine is fresh, fun and easy to like, with a lemon, dominated finish. 89 Pts

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2009 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 96

Still quite youthful, with a little effort in your swirling, you can find smoke, thyme, cigar box, tobacco, wet earth, spice and red fruits. The wine is full-bodied, concentrated, sweet, powerful and yes, luscious. There is energy and density with length and freshness. Clearly not at its peak, for that you will need to wait. If you like young wines, this is worth popping a cork now. The wine is made from a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

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Blending 76% Cabernet Sauvignon with 18% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, produced a powerful, concentrated Pauillac with great depth of flavor. Layers of fresh blackberry, coffee, tobacco, cassis, pepper, black cherry and gravel made up the inviting perfume. Fresh, ripe, exuberant and lusty, this stylish wine has it all going on. This vintage competes with any Lynch Bages produced following the dynamic duo of 1989 and 1990.

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Deep ruby in color with a spicy cassis, tobacco and blackberry jam perfume. This rich, powerful, sweet, opulent wine is palate staining and fresh ending with a long finish that lingers on your palate for over 45 seconds! This is my favorite vintage of Lynch Bages since the dynamic duo of 1989 and 1990!

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2009 Lynch Bages is deep ruby. Powerful aromatics of dark raspberry, cassis, cedar, smoke, and jammy berries emerge. This exciting style of Lynch Bages shows round tannins and an ample concentration of flavor. The wine ends with a juicy mouth full of licorice and dark berries. 95/97 Pts

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2008 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 93

Still quite young, this is a classic, long aging vintage for Lynch Bages. The tannins are strict, the fruit is fresh, there is volume and length with a finish that's all about the bright, spicy, high pitched, peppery cassis.

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Opens with cassis, tobacco, cedar, oak, earth and herbs, this full bodied, concentrated, chewy wine, ends with a big, cassis filled finish.

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2008 Lynch Bages starts with cassis, fudge earth, fennel and forest floor aromas. Full bodied and loaded with ripe tannins and berries this is the best Lynch Bages since the outstanding 2000. 93 Pts

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08 Château Lynch Bages showed deep ruby with purple tints. Jammy berries, oak, and cassis in the nose. On the palate, the wine showed good concentration, freshness, and ripe character, finishing with hints of boysenberry. Some dryness was detected in the finish. This is a better effort than their 2005. Starting in 2008, the Chateau announced they were changing the name of their second wine to Echo. The reason for the change to Echo from Haut Bages Averous was a practical one, according to Jean-Charles Cazes. When asked why the change, with a smile and a knowing look he said, “It’s much easier to pronounce”. He was right. 91-93 Pts

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2007 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 87

Forest floor, wet earth, mushroom, cassis, cedar and red fruits are the main component of this fully developed wine. Medium bodied, and just about ready to gently begin to slowly fade. To enjoy most of the fruit and freshness, the wine requires drinking sooner than later.

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Forest floor, wet earth, mushroom, cassis, cedar and red fruits are the main component of this fully developed wine. Medium bodied, and just about ready to fade, the wine requires drinking sooner than later.

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2006 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 92

Forest floor, mushroom, cassis, cedar wood and cigar box aromas typic of Pauillac are easy to find. The wine is developing on the right path, with plenty of spicy, fresh, peppery, red fruits, ripe tannins and crisp, juicy cassis in the finish. That being said, the wine still needs more time in the cellar. Give it another 5-8 years of rest before it really unveils its charms.

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Cedar, cassis, cigar box and cherry pipe tobacco aromas are present without much effort. Full bodied, concentrated and filled with dense, Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, this powerful masculine, tannic wine requires another 5 years before entering prime time drinking.

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2005 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 93

Tight, firm, reserved, strict and tannic, the wine remains quite youthful at this stage. Clearly there is a wealth of ripe fruit here, but the tannins need at least a decade to soften before this is fun to drink.

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Cigar box, tobacco, cassis and cedar notes are the first thing you notice. Ripe tannins and freshness, with good volume, richness and depth, which is still quite young. Give this at least a few hours of air, or let it age for another 8-10 years.

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Tight, tannic and not showing its complete array of charm and complexity, this is not a lot of fun to drink today. I'd wait at least a decade before popping a bottle.

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This is lighter, brighter, softer and more approachable than I expected, considering the vintage. The wine offers notes of cassis, cedar, tobacco and forest floor, finishing with cassis and blackberry flavors. For Lynch Bages, this wine should drink well younger than many top vintages.

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2004 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 90

Garnet in color, cigar box, tobacco, wet forest floor and stone aromas open to an accessible, soft, friendly, cassis filled wine that is ready to drink and offers a lot of pleasure and Pauillac character.

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This wine is on a rapid course for maturity as it already offers tobacco, earth, cedar and pencil aromas along with its cassis blackberry fruit. Medium bodied, with some green to the tannins, there is a bit of rusticity in the bright, almost crisp, cassis and cranberry finish. Produced from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this is a light, early maturing vintage for this normally long lived Pauillac wine.

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2003 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 93

Forest floor, cedar wood, fennel, smoke and cherry liqueur scents start off the concentration of flavor, supple, round tannins and a sweet, finish filled with ripe cherries and crème de cassis. This has certainly improved over the past few years.

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Lighter in color and concentration than I expect from this historic Pauillac Chateau. This will probably drink well early for a Lynch Bages

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2002 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 88

Light in color and concentration with some dryness to the tannins, this rapidly maturing, lean wine ends with red berries, cassis and green notes in the short finish. Drink or sell.

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2001 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 89

Medium bodied, crisp, crunchy, bright red fruits on the palate. More interesting on the tobacco and cassis nose. There is a tart quality that is starting to develop in the finish. This is probably not going to to get better.

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Elegant, medium bodied and refined for Lynch Bages, at 11 years of age, it's already mature. Wet earth, tobacco, cassis, cedar, forest aromas and soft textures are in abundance. There is no compelling reason to hold this wine for further aging.

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2000 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 95

Very elegant, polished, soft, full bodied, round and ripe style of Lynch Bages that reminds me of the 1990. it's young, but due to its style, it's already quite charming.

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Caramel, smoke, tobacco, cassis and stone aromas opened to a youthful, full bodied, concentrated, still tannic wine. The wine is fresh, rich and balanced. A few more years will add a lot of softenss and complexity to this cassis dominated wine.

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Tight, currently this wine demands more time, if you can't wait, give it a few hours of air, and some serious efforts at swirling, else you'll miss the tobacco, spice, cedar wood, cassis and earthy nose. Powerful, full bodied and filled with layers of ripe, fresh, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine fills our mouth with flavor and ripe tannins. I'll try another bottle in 2015, but I imagine it will not kick into high gear until 2020. It's a good thing time flies.

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My favorite post 1990 vintage of Lynch Bages, although the 2009 might end up being better, this deep colored wine offers smoke, truffle, cigar box, blackberry, spice and stone aromas. In the mouth, this wine is powerful, fresh and round. There is a wonderful sense of ripe, purity to the fruit. Still young, give it another 5-10 years to develop additional layers of complexity while it softens and becomes better integrated. This should age and evolve for decades.

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Aromatics of cedar, herbs, cassis and ripe black fruits. Polished in style, with some tannin needing to be resolved, the wine ends with a rich, black and red fruit filled finish. Other bottles tasted have scored higher.

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Deeply colored with notes of cassis, leather and black fruit, the wine was already starting to show well. Very concentrated and full bodied. On the palate, the wine delivered a lush, powerful feeling, similar to the 90, but with more power. The finish was long, clean and pure. Tasting this made me happy knowing I had a case laid down in the cellar. 5-10 more years of bottle age will really add a lot to the wine. However, for Lynch Bages, this is very precocious and will deliver a lot of pleasure early in life.

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This marries the levels of concentration found in the 89 with the supple tannins and plusher style found in the more approachable 90. Still incredibly young, this will grow up to be a stellar Pauillac. Boatloads of concentrated, juicy ripe fruit are found in every sip. This has all the right stuff to age and evolve into a great bottle of wine.

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1999 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 90

Medium bodied, lighter style of Lynch Bages, with a fruity, soft, vibrant, cassis, cherry and cranberry character. There is a really nice, spicy note, that adds even more freshness to the red berry finish. Drink this now, while waiting for the far better, 2000 vintage to develop. The wine was made from a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

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1998 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 88

Rustic, tannic and hard, with a firm, classic leaning to the cassis, tobacco and earthy character. Time will help a bit.

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1997 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 86

Medium bodied, lighter style of Lynch Bages, that was best in its fresh, lightly fruited youth. Early drinking wines can serve a youthful, even charming purpose, but that is when they are enjoyed young. 20 years was just far to long to age this bottle. The wine was produced from a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

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1996 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 93

This is classic Pauillac. The full-bodied, firm, concentrated wine offers cedar chest, cigar box and forest floor, with a touch of herbs that sets off the fresh, bright, red fruits perfectly. This is drinking in its sweet spot.

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At close to 20 years of age, I could not believe how young this still seems. With 3 hours of air, the cassis and cigar box characteristics were showing their stuff. There are still some tannins to be resolved. With 4 hours of air, the wine softened, but did not gain in complexity. Classic in style, firm and structured, this is going to age for decades.

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This wine gets better each time I taste it and this is the best showing yet! Cigar box, cassis, blackberries, earth, tobacco and forest floor notes are finally starting to emerge. The tannins are softening, leaving a fleshy, soft, juicy, rich, pure, ripe, fruit filled wine. As good as this is today, it's only going to get better with a few more years of bottle age.

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Ruby with hints of slight bricking around the edges, this maturing wine displays scents of cedar wood, damp earth, cassis, mushroom and cigar box aromas. The wine is full bodied, tannic and concentrated. In the mouth, it's like taking a big bite of juicy Cabernet Sauvignon. This is developing nicely and will continue improving for at least another 20 more years.

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1995 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 90

Like many 1995 Bordeaux wines, this remains tough, tannic and austere. At close to 17 years of age, even when this wine becomes fully mature, it will always have a tannic, masculine, cassis and green flavored personality. This wine will probably please tasters who enjoy more, old school, traditional styled Bordeaux wines.

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1994 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 87

The wine starts off fine, but the dryness and rusticity to the tannins in the finish becomes more dominant with time in the glass. Drink up.

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1990 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 97

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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1989 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 98

This is a beauty. Powerful and refined, with load os sweet, perfectly ripe, red fruits and elegant, classy tannins, the goes on and on with all its delicious red fruits, earth and tobacco. This is probably at peak, but there is no hurry to drink it. Well-stored bottles should remain here for another 15-20 years with ease.

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It took close to 30 years to enter full maturity but this has hit peak maturity, All the tannins have softened and the texture has taken on the patina of age. The smoke, tobacco, cigar wrapper, blackberry, cassis, forest floor and cedar notes are apparent with little effort. The wine is full bodied, concentrated and offers length and substance. You can age it further, but I am not sure there is any benefit to waiting. There is no hurry to drink it however If well stored, I am sure another 20 years of pleasure will not be a problem, if the bottles have been well stored.

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Just great wine. The old school nose, with lead pencil, cedar wood, forest floor, tobacco and cassis popped with no effort. Full bodied, deep and concentrated, the finish had so much fruit, you wanted to eat it! Truly, a fabulous bottle of Pauillac.

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This is such a great wine. From start to finish, it's a complete experience. Beginning with the tobacco, cedar wood, cassis, and wet earth perfume, the wine is full bodied, concentrated and allows it weight to carry through to the spicy, sweet, fruit and tobacco filled finish. I am sure well stored bottles will continue evolving for another 2 decades with ease.

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Big, concentrated, light in its feet, with layers of vibrant, lively, cassis, and blackberries, the tobacco, cigar box, cedar and forest floor add to the wines complexity. Great texture, length and character, this is stunning and should continue to get better and better for at least another decade or two.

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From a bottle purchased on release and stored in a cold cellar, the wine opened with a complex aromatic profile packed with tobacco, cigar box, cedar, black currents, blackberry, smoke, truffle and forest floor popping from the glass. On the palate, the wine full bodied and concentrated with ripe, dark berries, refined tannins and acidity. Everything is in balance and harmony. As good as this vintage of Lynch Bages is, it's still not fully mature! If you have more than a few bottles, there is no time like the present to pop one. If you have the patience to wait a decade, it's only going to get better!

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Pungent ripe aromas of black, red and blue fruit, truffle, tobacco, ash, cassis, earth and spice grab your attention. Powerful, full bodied, intense, balanced, refined and still youthful at close to 22 years old, this text book Pauillac continues inching closer to maturity. For years I've thought the 1990 Lynch Bages was a better wine, due to its voluptuous character, but I am slowly changing my tune with each tasting of the 1989.

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One of the signs of a great Bordeaux wine is its ability to age and improve for decades. Because this was so cheap on release, I'm able to taste 1989 Lynch Bages fairly often. Each time, the wine seems to improve. With a powerful, tobacco filled perfume, complicated with juicy cassis, truffle, smoke, forest floor, spice, gravel, green herbs and blackberry, this wine catches your attention. Big, dense, concentrated and still with the stuffing to age and improve, the wine has fleshed out and offers a long, pure, blackberry, cassis and spice filled finish.

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This youthful Pauillac continues to display a dark ruby color. The purple hue it once displayed is gone, but the ruby shows very little lightening at the edges. Underbrush, cassis, cedar, forest floor, tobacco and earthy scents come alive with very little coaxing from this Bordeaux wine. Waves of sweet, ripe, black cherry, chocolate and cassis coat your mouth. The intense sweet finish remains for at least 45 seconds. In 1989, the Medoc was a mixed bag, especially when it comes to the First Growths. Along with Chateau Pichon they are both contenders for the top Pauillac of the year. This bottle was the best example of 89 Lynch Bages I have yet tasted. While 1989 Lynch Bages will improve for at least another 15-20 years,( Some tannin remains). if you have more than a few bottles, there is no need to wait. The only complaint about this wine is, in the finish, a minor hint of green could be detected. This was probably due to a lack of severe selection. That issue aside, this is a great Bordeaux wine experience I’d drink any day. I remember buying this close to a year after it was released for about $30 a bottle! Those were the days… 96Pts (And it might earn another Pt as it develops.

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The deep ruby color was assisted by a beautiful nose of cassis, mint, tobacco, and chocolate. Big, fat, concentrated and well balanced. Tannins are firm, but they have integrated well into the wine. Very broad shouldered. Still young, at 20 years of age, it’s much closer to maturity than previous bottles I’ve tasted. The long, lusty, fruit filled finish had a lot of persistence and was a pleasure to taste. Well stored bottles have at least another 20 or more years of evolution in their future.

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This wine presents a mountain of dark, black fruit and cassis. Tannic, brawny and dense in style. Needs time.

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Cassis, black fruit, cigar and BBQ spices on the nose. Dense, concentrated, chewy, full bodied, huge masculine wine. Ample tannin remains to resolve. This is not a wallflower of a wine. It’s a bruiser.

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The comparison between the 89 & 90 clearly demonstrate the differences between vintages. Opaque, purple color. Compelling perfume of ripe, black fruit, cassis, herbs and cedar that explodes from the glass. Huge, full-bodied, almost dense wine. Extremely concentrated, very thick. A long fruit filled, slightly chalky finish. This huge, hulking wine is not for lovers of finesse or for the faint of heart. It is very powerful and masculine. But in its own way, it's a compelling wine, towering over the 90. As open as it was, another 5-8 years of cellaring will improve the wine. It has a long future ahead.

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1988 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 91

Old school styled Pauillac, with a combination of strict, austerity and a charming, cedar, tobacco, cigar wrapper, leaf and cassis personality, the wine is full bodied, fully mature, ending with a spicy, cassis finish. Give it an hour of air, at this stage. It will add softness and depth.

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Really quite charming, this is one of the better 1988 Pauillac wines for sure. Close to fully developed, with a focus on its crisp, bright, red berry palate, there is plenty of wet earth damp forest, cedar wood and cigar box aromatics to please fans of mature claret. This is more stern than regal, and it is not as you would expect, as good as either of its bookend vintages, 1989 or 1990, but it makes for nice drinking today, as it slowly makes its way to its 30th birthday.

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1986 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 90

This brawny, beefy, masculine style of Pauillac is the epitome of what many people call classic. Still young and tannic, with luck, time will help this wine. While it may soften and gain complexity, it will always remain stern.

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This remains a very tannic wine. While the fruit was evident, for my palate, the tannin was obtrusive. Very chewy, dense beefy cassis and black fruit without a lot of charm.

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1985 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 91

This ready to go Pauillac starts off with in all the right ways, with its cedar chest, cassis, tobacco and forest floor profile. Smooth, soft, medium/full bodied, with a blast of cassis and tobacco and cassis in the finish. There is no reason to wait for more aging, this is clearly ready, willing and able to deliver.

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Fully mature, this soft, refined, medium bodied, cassis, tobacco, cranberry, wet forest and cigar box scented wine is drinking as good as it's going to get. I'd drink this sooner than later if I owned another bottle.

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Tobacco, truffle, earth and red fruit. Medium bodied, light, fully mature, the fruit had started to fade in this bottle, which ended in a cassis and cranberry finish. While this bottle was probably not perfect, based on other examples, this is not a wine to hold. I'd drink it sooner than later.

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Fully mature, with a light ruby color and hints of tea at the edges, cedar wood, cassis, herbs, tobacco, coffee and forest aromas are easy to find. Soft in texture, and lacking the levels of concentration found in the best vintages of Lynch Baqes, this silky wine ends with spice coated red and black fruits. This is not going to improve and has already started to gently decline. Drink up.

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The wine is filled with scents of cedar, tobacco, cassis, earth, forest and blackberry aromas. This old school, charming style of Pauillac is mature, but is not in danger of falling apart in the near future. The full bodied spice and cassis filled finish shows a bit of rusticity.

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Lots of ripe dark and red fruit with hints of cedar in the nose. Unlike the 86, ample charm is discovered in this mature, cassis filled wine that is a pleasure to drink.

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1983 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 85

Fully mature and fading, with more secondary earth, tobacco, cedar, leaf, herb and forest aromatics than fruit. The textures also show quite, old school tannins with their rusticity, in the clipped, sweet and tart, with more tart than sweet fruit in the finish. This is not a wine I would hold for further development.

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1982 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 95

If you have wondered what Lynch Bages tastes like at full-maturity, find a bottle of the 1982! This stunner rocks as soon as the wine greets your glass. The cedar, tobacco leaf, cigar box, forest floor, pepper, herbs and cassis in the nose is classic, aged Pauillac. Full-bodied, with density, length, character and the combination of bright red berries, herbs, earth and peppery, green, forest leaf on the palate, every sip tastes and feels great. There is no hurry to drink this, but I do not see any upside to holding it longer. Drink this now and over the next 15-20 years, and enjoy the ride!

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Classic in all the good ways, here you find lots of cedar, tobacco, smoke, earth and lead pencil on top of the ripe, vibrant cassis. On the palate, there is a slight rusticity and firmness to the tannins, with notes of green herbs olive, but instead of detracting, they add to the fresh, red fruits. This is drinking great today, where it should hold for at least 15 or more years.

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Fully mature, but not close to over the hill as it’s got all the right stuff in all the right places, the tobacco, cassis, wet forest floor, thyme and assorted herb profile is there from the first sniff through to the cassis studded finish. This could get a tiny bit better, or it could remain right where it is for ages. Regardless, there is no reason to wait to pop a cork on this wine.

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Drinking in the perfect sweet spot, this is all about the truffle, tobacco, blackberry, cassis and earthy nose to start. It gets even better once the wine hits your palate, with its layers of fat, lush, ripe, sweet berries and long finish. Drink this now, or age it for another 10-15 years if it’s perfectly stored.

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A good bottle of 1982 Lynch Bages, meaning well stored really delivers the goods. The tannins are ripe, round and polished, the fruit is ripe and sweet, the nose is packed with tobacco, earth, truffle, cedar chest, forest floor, herbs and cassis notes and the finish carries through. 60 minutes of decanting added to the experience.

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With a textbook Pauillac nose packed with cedar chest, tobacco, earth, truffle, cassis, cigar box, spice and charcoal, you know you're in for a treat. Rich, deep concentrated, this full bodied, potent, classic vintage of Lynch Bages is firing on all cylinders today. If you have a bottle that's resting in your cellar, you can wait, it will probably improve. But if you own a few bottles, you should pull a cork.

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Close to fully mature, with scents of forest floor, tobacco, ash, cassis, blackberry, spice and earth; this round, soft textured Pauillac feels elegant as it crosses your palate. The wine ends with plums, spice, blackberry and red fruits with a hint of olive tapenade.

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The perfume grabs your attention the moment the cork is popped and the wine leaves your glass. Cassis, cigar box, tobacco, earth, cedar wood, gravel, spice and smoke aromas are all over the place. Powerful, full bodied and packed with juicy, ripe, cassis, this is a very classy and classic Pauillac wine that at close to 30 years of age is drinking perfectly.

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Cedar, pencil, truffle, tobacco, cassis and caramel starts off the perfume. Big, masculine and concentrated, there is a lot going on in this Bordeaux wine which finishes with a big juicy mouthful of ripe, spicy Cabernet fruit.

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This delivered healthy doses of cassis, wood, herbs and ripe fruit. The texture is rich, full bodied and slightly chewy. The finish is filled with spicy, dark fruits.

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Deep ruby with lightening around the rim. Aromas of cassis, wood, herbs and ripe fruit. The texture is rich, full bodied and slightly chewy. The finish is nice with a hint of spicy dark fruits. No hurry to drink, it should last and probably improve another 15-20 years.

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1975 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 85

Firm, hard, masculine, tough style of wine. With stern tannins and a sharp, cassis, strawberry, olive, herb and cranberry fruit profile. The best part of the wine is on the tertiary nose, with its tobacco, cedar chest, earthy, cherry and forest floor nose. It is on the palate, where you meet the typicity of the 1975 vintage.

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1970 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 92

It's been years since I last tasted this wine. In fact, I had forgotten it, as it lay hidden, behind other bottles in the cellar, waiting for the chance to show what its made of. That turned out to be a good thing because this showed great! The strong cedar component rode out in front, followed by herbs, green forest leaf, smoke, tobacco and cassis. Full bodied, a little bit reserved and strict in character, all was forgiven once the blast of old-school red fruits and cigar wrapper hit your palate. Long, full, juicy and still fresh, this is a beauty in your glass.

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It's like poking your nose in an old cedar chest that has been storing cigars for a few years. This is what classic old Claret is all about. The cassis dominated wine is not about refinement. Instead it's focused on mature flavors and a blast of fruit in the finish. Had the finish been just a bit longer, this bottle would have deserved a better score, Other bottles could be even better.

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Cedar, tar & tobacco notes on the nose with black raspberries and cherry liqueur on the palate. Full bodied, dense, masculine, this is a big, beefy, classic style of Lynch Bages.

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1966 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 90

At more than 50 years of age, this is still serving up the goods. Robust, rustic and rockin', the wine delivers a juicy mouthful of sweet and semi-tart red fruits, while the nose kicks in its part with cedar, lead pencil, cigar box, ash, tobacco and forest leaf notes. This is at maximum peak, but I'm sure well-stored bottles have another decade at this level to look forward to.

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1964 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 80

Extremely light in color and density, the nose was all about the cedar wood, tobacco and bright, red berries. The nose was better than the palate, which although extremely light, and even dilute, the patina of age was quite charming and made the wine fun to drink.

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1962 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 89

Tobacco, gravel, forest floor, earth, leather, tar, soy and memories of cassis made up the text book, mature Bordeaux wine aromatics. A little gruff in texture, yet, still with the charm of aged Claret, this fully mature wine finished with spicy, earth and cassis flavors.

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1961 Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac) 90

Cigar box, wet earth, cedar chest and cassis on the nose. The wine is better on the palate with its fresh, sweet cherry, spicy cassis flavors and medium bodied, fully developed character. Each bottle is different, especially with 50 years of age. It’s important to note, I’ve had much better bottles and a few that were worse. Such is life.

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With the patina of age in the color and nose, the perfume dealt out a complex hand of cedar wood, tobacco leaf, cigar box, cassis, cherry, spice box, leather, forest floor, wet earth, truffle and cigar ash. There was a refined sense of masculinity to the texture. The long, spicy, cherry and cassis filled finish displayed the sensations that only a perfectly, mature, older Bordeaux can deliver. At this age, it's all about the bottle. This was picked up from the original owner who kept it in a cold, dark cellar since the day it was delivered. What a nice treat! I'm definitely hanging on to some of my 1989 and 1990 Lynch Bages to enjoy when they are 50 years old. On the other hand, perhaps I should do that with my 1982's. That's only 20 more years from now.

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Cedar, cherries, tobacco, earth, forest floor, truffles, mushroom, minerals and cassis are easy to spot. Full bodied, rich and concentratedr, this still powerful wine pairs grace with elegance and the patina of age to deliver textural and aromatic sensations.

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A nice display of Cuban tobacco, forest floor, plums and cassis. Good weight, but as a matter of style, this wine was almost brutish. Very masculine and brawny, almost simple. The finish ended with a hint of tart flavors. I've tasted better bottles.

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