Château Lynch-Bages Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2003

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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 youn... Read more

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! Read more

Very good red-ruby color. Floral, nutty aromas of black cherry and iodine; as with the '96, one can smell the char of the barrels. Sweet and smooth... Read more

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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!


External Reviews for Château Lynch-Bages Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

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

Very good red-ruby color. Floral, nutty aromas of black cherry and iodine; as with the '96, one can smell the char of the barrels. Sweet and smooth on entry, then a bit tougher and less obviously ripe than the silkier, more voluminous '96 with a slight green streak and an impression of strong acidity. The tannins here are a bit more spiky. finish with a note of pepper. In a typical, drier Pauillac style, a bit like the '88.


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

Deep, dark ruby with intense aromas of mint, berries and currants. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a delicious ripe fruit and lead pencil aftertaste. Very fine indeed. Typically outstanding for Lynch-Bages.


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

On the three occasions I tasted the 1995 out of the bottle it came across in an elegant, restrained, 1985/1953 Lynch-Bages style. While attractive and soft, with obvious tannin in the background, the 1995 is not made in the blockbuster style of the 1996, 1990, 1989 or 1986. Deep ruby-colored, with an evolved nose of sweet, smoky, earthy, black currant fruit, this fleshy, round, seductive, fat and fruity Lynch-Bages should drink well young, yet age for two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2015.


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

Much better than I remember. Complex aromas of currants, berries and mint. Full-bodied, very tannic, but velvety and caressing. Keeps improving. Best after 2002.


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

Gorgeous. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and nuances of violet, berry, toasted oak and mineral. Long, caressing finish. Better in 1999.


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

Lynch-Bages has turned out an outstanding 1996 that is less forward than the 1990 or 1995, and build along the lines of the tannic, blockbuster 1989. It offers an opaque purple color, and outstanding aromatics consisting of dried herbs, tobacco, cassis and smoky oak. Full-bodied and classic in its proportions, this dense, chewy, pure Lynch-Bages will have considerable longevity. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025.


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

In the flight of young wines, with all the vintages of the nineties represented, this wine stood out for its absolute purity of crème de cassis, ripe fruit, medium to full body, high tannin, wonderful sweetness, massive richness on the mid-palate, and abundant power, density and ripeness. It is clearly the finest Lynch Bages since the 1989 and 1990. anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.


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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.

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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