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Château Lynch-Bages Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

Berry Bros & Rudd review: This exceptional chateau continues to make a mockery of its 5th Growth status,<br/>and in 2003 has re-emphasised just how good the Left Bank wines are. Huge wafts<br/>of muscular, minty, cassis-laden Cabernet Sauvignon on the nose introduce a<br/>powerful structured palate with savoury hints of liquorice. This is<br/>unquestionably Lynch-Bages, and a great one at that. Displaying even more<br/>elegance than other recent vintages, this Cabernet-dominated wine (83%) will<br/>gain even more weight in barrel and looks likely to prove absolutely stunning<br/>with a bit of patience. Drink 2012-2030.

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

Member Reviews for Château Lynch-Bages Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

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Snooth User: Adam Levin
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4.00 5
05/08/2009

There's something I always really like about Lynch-Bages and I didn't taste this blind, so I automatically give it high points. This is really young and is not ready to drink. Quite austere right now. Some very dark fruit and leather on the nose. Black cherry on palate, but that's about it. Long, juicy finish with a touch of bitterness.


Snooth User: Anthonyca
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5.00 5
01/08/2010

Fantastic! I do think that it needs that year that WS anticipated. I have another bottle that I cant wait to try in a year!


Snooth User: Brian Hammond
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3.00 5
03/16/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Château Lynch-Bages Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Extremely well done. Dark, with lots of vanilla, strawberry, cherry and currant aromas. Full-bodied, with big, silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Best after 2007.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This austere, medium-weight Lynch Bages reveals notes of new saddle leather, tobacco, olives, and black fruits. Although not a big, concentrated Pauillac, it is graceful, elegant, with character and style. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2016.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

One of the big surprises is how delicious this wine has turned out. It is a beautiful, classic claret. Dark ruby-colored with purple hues, it reveals aromas of dried herbs, smoke, leather, grilled meats, and copious black cherry and currant fruit. Medium-bodied, powerful, rich, and surprisingly evolved, this vintage has hit its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for another 10-12 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Very dark ruby color, still almost black. Superripe fruit aromas, with currants, prunes and spices. Full-bodied, with layers of fruit and velvety tannins. It goes on and on. Very polished Lynch-Bages. Best after 2005.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A marvelous bottle of Lynch - better than the 1990 and just a notch below the 1989 in quality. Wondrous aromas of mint, berry and black currant follow through to the palate. Full-bodied, with supervelvety tannins and a long, long finish. Beautiful. Best after 2003.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This dense ruby/purple-colored 1999 is a modern day clone of this estate's wonderful 1962. The 1999 reveals forward, open-knit notes of creme de cassis and earth. It is fleshy, medium to full-bodied, and succulent, with supple tannin, excellent balance, as well as a long, pure, ripe finish. This seductive effort will drink well for 12-15 years, possibly longer.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

An utterly profound Lynch-Bages, this wine continues to remind me of a hypothetical blend of the 1990 and the 1989. Interestingly, when I asked Jean-Michel Cazes to rank his top four vintages of Lynch-Bages, he ranked the 1990 first, followed by three vintages that he said were essentially equivalent in quality - 1990, 1996, and 2000. The 2000 Lynch-Bages exhibits a dense purple color, loads of glycerine and extract, big, muscular sweet crème de cassis notes, with hints of new saddle leather, earth, and tobacco leaf. The 2000 is forceful yet plush, with a thick, juicy, succulent mid-palate, ripe tannin, and a long, layered finish. I know it will be tempting to pull the corks on this wine in its youth, but it really will not hit its stride for 7-10 years and will last for at least 25. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.


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Berry Bros & Rudd review: This exceptional chateau continues to make a mockery of its 5th Growth status,<br/>and in 2003 has re-emphasised just how good the Left Bank wines are. Huge wafts<br/>of muscular, minty, cassis-laden Cabernet Sauvignon on the nose introduce a<br/>powerful structured palate with savoury hints of liquorice. This is<br/>unquestionably Lynch-Bages, and a great one at that. Displaying even more<br/>elegance than other recent vintages, this Cabernet-dominated wine (83%) will<br/>gain even more weight in barrel and looks likely to prove absolutely stunning<br/>with a bit of patience. Drink 2012-2030.

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