About Chateau Lynch Bages
Classifications often fail to reflect the current state of a chateau, and that's certainly the case for this Pauillac Fifth Growth. Chateau Lynch-Bages makes rich, powerful, full-bodied wines capable of long life.
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(78% cabernet sauvignon, 14% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 5.4 g/l total acidity; 13.2% alcohol): Dark ruby-red. Ripe blackcurrant aromas and flavors are lifted by pungent graphite, cedar and mineral notes. Balanced, pure and smooth in the mouth, with excellent perfume and precision. Finishes long and pure, with lingering cassis and leather notes. This is another Lynch-Bages that has picked up volume and flesh from bottle aging. It's a very classic Pauillac and a wine that can still improve with additional cellaring.
90 Points | Wine Spectator
87 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
let it breathe
Let the wine open up in the glass for 10 minutes plus (even after decanting for hours) and one will realize the potential of this Lynch. Excellent value and definitely underrated by many.
I felt that the blackberries and cassis were real raw with suttle hints of minerals. This should improve well. Another fine Lynch Bages
by Dan Pastore
The 1998 Lynch Bages is full of black currant flavors, tobacco and spice. A Bordeaux to be aged in the cellar for the next 5-10 years. This 1998 is very elegant and requires at least one
hour of decanting before enjoying with a grilled sirloin steak. Give this wine at least another 2-3 years in the cellar to show it's full potential. Specially priced, this is a great opportunity to put away a wonderful Bordeaux in your cellar.
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Good but not great... for now
During a blind wine tasting earlier this month, everyone was surprised that the wine with too much acidity was none other than the Chateau Lynch Bages 1998. We did find out that after three hours, it had improved, so it absolutely needs decanting. I tasted nice black currant flavors and hints of tobacco, with smooth tannins and a full body to boot, but for now, the acidity remains a bit troubling. Keep it in the cellar for a few years and it should work its way up to four stars. I hope!
Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.
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