Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

9.5257 ratings
9.489 pro ratings
Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
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9.6

The 1989 Lynch-Bages is one of Jean-Michel Cazes’s triumphs. At three decades, it shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Blackberry and cedar soar from the glass just as they did from the bottle last year, and touches of graphite develop, all beautifully defined and focused. As I’ve proclaimed before, there is such energy and vigor here! The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh, minty opening. The cedar element is a little stronger than the previous bottles that I have tasted, yet there is still that symmetry and focus. This particular bottle shows a touch more development on the finish compared to others encountered over the years, with great structure and grip, notes of tobacco and just a hint of morels surfacing on the aftertaste. A remarkable Lynch-Bages that is at its peak. As an aside, Jean-Michel Cazes mentioned that there are few bottles of the 1989 remaining in their reserves. A break-in during the 1990s saw robbers of good taste steal much of their stock. Tasted from an ex-cellar bottle at the château. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2019)

The 1989 Lynch-Bages is one of Jean-Michel Cazes’s triumphs. At three decades, it shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Blackberry and cedar soar from the glass just as they did from the bottle last year, and touches of graphite develop, all beautifully defined and focused. As I’ve proclaimed before, there is such energy and vigor here! The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh, minty opening. The cedar element is a little stronger than the previous bottles that I have tasted, yet there is still that symmetry and focus. This particular bottle shows a touch more development on the finish compared to others encountered over the years, with great structure and grip, notes of tobacco and just a hint of morels surfacing on the aftertaste. A remarkable Lynch-Bages that is at its peak. As an aside, Jean-Michel Cazes mentioned that there are few bottles of the 1989 remaining in their reserves. A break-in during the 1990s saw robbers of good taste steal much of their stock. Tasted from an ex-cellar bottle at the château. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2019)

Sep 13th, 2019
Greg Koslosky

Big and rich and so primary tasted blind you would think maybe 10 years old. A serious bottle but the only complaint a little hot on the finish and one dimensional .

Big and rich and so primary tasted blind you would think maybe 10 years old. A serious bottle but the only complaint a little hot on the finish and one dimensional .

May 17th, 2019
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.5

1989 Bordeaux PNV Retrospective at Larkmead. One of my favorites. Looked more youthful than many of the other wines. Dried leaves, peppermint. Leather. Full mouth. Nuanced. Not much fruit left. Classic old claret.

1989 Bordeaux PNV Retrospective at Larkmead. One of my favorites. Looked more youthful than many of the other wines. Dried leaves, peppermint. Leather. Full mouth. Nuanced. Not much fruit left. Classic old claret.

Feb 25th, 2019
Bill Bender

Holy F!! Consistently the best Lunch Bags ever made and competes punch for lunch with the ‘90 we had in San Antonio.

Holy F!! Consistently the best Lunch Bags ever made and competes punch for lunch with the ‘90 we had in San Antonio.

Aug 16th, 2018
Mike Saviage

Amber ruby. Almost opaque. Great musty nose with notes of cigar box, warm pie fruit, gravel, plum, currant and a little barnyard. Silky and rich in the mouth. Tannins nicely integrated. Still young.

Amber ruby. Almost opaque. Great musty nose with notes of cigar box, warm pie fruit, gravel, plum, currant and a little barnyard. Silky and rich in the mouth. Tannins nicely integrated. Still young.

Feb 25th, 2018
Mike R
9.6

Just needed some really good juice tonight - little celebration tonight - my contribution - digging this - great smiles tonight

Just needed some really good juice tonight - little celebration tonight - my contribution - digging this - great smiles tonight

Aug 5th, 2017
Aaron Pott

Beautiful Cab that should sing Kermit the Frog's it's not easy being green.

Beautiful Cab that should sing Kermit the Frog's it's not easy being green.

2 people found it helpfulMar 12th, 2014
Jason Chang

Proprietor NINE SUNS Winery, HOUYI Vineyard

9.6

Flora birth year. Mother's Day dinner! Took a bit to open up but remains one of my fav BDX. Truly still could go for decades.

Flora birth year. Mother's Day dinner! Took a bit to open up but remains one of my fav BDX. Truly still could go for decades.

May 14th, 2017
Kurt-Inge Eklund

I was expecting more from this vintage...

I was expecting more from this vintage...

Apr 17th, 2017
Tracy Hall

I love this! Thank you Bob.

I love this! Thank you Bob.

Dec 12th, 2016