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Château Lynch Bages Pauillac Bin-Soiled Label Slight Signs of Old Seepage 1989

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Château Lynch-bages:
Château Lynch-Bages was owned by the Lynch family for three quarters of a century. They descended from John Lynch, a young Irishman from Galway who was chased out of his country in 1691. In the 18th century, Count Jean-Baptiste Lynch, mayor of Bordeaux, inherited the estate and handed over management to his brother Michel Lynch, who was also mayor of Pauillac during the French Revolution. ... Read more
Château Lynch-Bages was owned by the Lynch family for three quarters of a century. They descended from John Lynch, a young Irishman from Galway who was chased out of his country in 1691. In the 18th century, Count Jean-Baptiste Lynch, mayor of Bordeaux, inherited the estate and handed over management to his brother Michel Lynch, who was also mayor of Pauillac during the French Revolution. Jean-Charles Cazes, highly respected in the Médoc for his experience in viticul- ture and winemaking, bought the property in 1934. With his son André, he devoted all his energy to Lynch-Bages for more than 35 years. In 1974, his grand-son Jean-Michel Cazes set about restructuring and managing the estate and recently, in 2006, handed over the running of the property to his son Jean-Charles. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Château Lynch Bages Pauillac Bin-Soiled Label Slight Signs of Old Seepage

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,082
4.50 5
02/09/2009

This is finally showing signs of maturity. It remains a big wine with exceptional depth but also exceptional balance that gives this elegance and finesse that is rare to find. Rich notes of cigarbox, black currant, and wood spice greet the nose and the palate has lovely funk and herbal, chipotle hints that really frame the deep fruit. A very long lingering finish completes the picture. This is still youthful and is a classic in the making with a long life ahead of it. 2009-2030. 95pts

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,082
4.00 5
09/22/2008

This is still so young with it's pencil lead, rubber tinged nose that offers up subtle notes of dried funghi and rich cassis extract. Big and powerful on entry with a closed, hollow midpalate that yields to a minerally finish that finishes with a lingering final of almost grapey cassis fruit. This is only the second bottle from a case bought on release. I've had more open bottles but these are ageing at a glacial pace. Absolutely pinpoint precision with the structure that offers up an airy elegance even with all this richness and power. 2012-2030


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5.00 5
02/10/2009

So good. Classic black fruit. Dust and fruit and leather. It's smooth and soft and well structured and big but fades away delicately. Lovely flowers and licorice flavors with a bit of eucalyptus and did I say "So good" already? One of the best I've had.


Snooth User: Adam Levin
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5.00 5
02/09/2009

Big, bold, and beautiful. I wish I could drink this all the time. There's a certain something to Lynch Bages wines that is so clean and pure but also powerful.


Snooth User: Philip James
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5.00 5
02/10/2009

A meatier nose than expected to start. This is a very fruity wine rich with notes of black chocolate and cherry. Fantastically smooth and well balanced.

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  • Snooth User: ChipDWood
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    0.00 5
    03/12/2010

    SING IT WITH ME NOW! "JEALOUS, I am so jealous. I am so jealous that my heart goes pitter pat! For if I were there, to help participate I'd be savoring and swallowing not... spat." ..."JEALOUS... (etc.)" Feelin'... Mel Brooksian. Good reads. LOVE the "Bages". Biggest production out there to maintain such quality. 5th growth my left foot. It contends with even some of the better super seconds, IMVHO. "The inquisition... what a show."


    External Reviews for Château Lynch Bages Pauillac Bin-Soiled Label Slight Signs of Old Seepage

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    08/14/2014

    ...Intriguing nose melds cassis shoe polish iodine and mint along with a faint sweaty quality. Thick sweet and large but a bit blocky and inelegant. Still quite young and bound-up. A backward solidly structured wine that finishes with fairly tough tannins... Stephen Tanzers IWC.


    External Review
    08/14/2014

    The 1989 has taken forever to shed its formidable tannins but what a great vintage of Lynch Bages! I would rank it at the top of the pyramid although the 1990 2000 and down the road some of the more recent vintages such as 2005 2009 and 2010 should come close to matching the 1989 s extraordinary concentration and undeniable aging potential. Its dense purple color reveals a slight lightening at the edge and the stunning bouquet offers classic notes of creme de cassis subtle smoke oak and g


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    08/14/2014

    Delivers so much blackberry leather and dried fruits on the nose. Full-bodied with ultrapolished tannins and a silky mouthfeel. The palate turns to leaves cedar and dried berries on the finish which goes on and on. This is still reserved for the vintage suggesting a long life ahead. Just coming around now but will improve many years ahead. I have always loved this Lynch.- 89/ 99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009) Wine Spectator.


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    12/10/2010

    Opulent aromas of berries and hints of eucalyptus and fresh herbs. Full-bodied and very juicy, with big velvety tannins and a ripe long finish. Flavor plus. Nice now but better with age. This has always been superb... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1989 Lynch Bages 1500ml


    External Review
    07/18/2010

    Consistently backward and dense, with enormous potential, this admirable wine will not be ready for prime time drinking for another 5-7 years. The color is not quite as opaque as the 1990's, but reveals more purple and no lightening at the edge. Hugely concentrated flavors have just begun to offer up a nose of cedar and creme de cassis. Powerful and muscular, with high tannin and superb concentration, this is Lynch Bages at its biggest and most beastly. However, everything is in balance for a stunning evolution. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2030.


    External Review
    01/03/2013

    Delivers so much blackberry, leather and dried fruits on the nose. Full-bodied, with ultrapolished tannins and a silky mouthfeel. The palate turns to leaves, cedar and dried berries on the finish, which goes on and on. This is still reserved for the ... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1989 Lynch Bages 750ml


    External Review
    03/19/2013

    ...Intriguing nose melds cassis, shoe polish, iodine and mint, along with a faint sweaty quality. Thick, sweet and large but a bit blocky and inelegant. Still quite young and bound-up. A backward, solidly structured wine that finishes with fairly tou... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1989 Lynch Bages 750ml



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