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1995 Lynch-Bages Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - Pauillac - Red - Fifth Growth

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac

Red Bordeaux Blend - Fifth Growth
Producer Notes

Located just outside the town of Pauillac, Chateau Lynch Bages is famous for its Cabernet-based wines, which typify the best of the appellation. The estate is classified as one of eighteen Fifth Growths from the official 1855 classification; many experts, though, would argue that its quality merits it a place among the Second Growths. Typical Lynch-Bages reveals a wonderful bouquet, rich tannins,... More »

Score
92
IWC 89
WA 89+
JR 16
WS 94
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2021
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IWC 89
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 10098

(76% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, 7% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 5.43 g/l total acidity; 12.9% alcohol): Deep ruby with a touch of garnet at the rim. Expressive nose melds red cherry, dried herbs, incense and sandalwood, along with an obvious note of oaky torrefaction. Very smooth on entry, with good balance to its red and black fruit and earthy underbrush flavors. Turns a little tough and lacks complexity on the nutty finish, which hints at iodine and smoke.

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JR 16
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2010-2022

Transparent crimson. Light, well mannered with a lead-pencil gloss. Polished tannins. Very slightly green note. Sweet and sour.

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WA 89+
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 196

A dense ruby/purple hue is accompanied by reticent, restrained aromatics suggesting earth, herbs and subtle fruit. The wine hits the palate with a brutal, tannic overlay, but behind that are impressive levels of black and red fruits. As is the case with many 1995s, the wine's structural components still dominate, which makes one wonder if these cuvees will ever shed enough tannin to be charming and enjoyable to drink. Certainly depth, weight and richness are all present, but the tannins remain elevated and somewhat foreboding.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates

Much better than I ever remember. Complex aromas of currants, berries and mint. Full-bodied, very tannic, but velvety and caressing. Getting better all the time.

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Author StuTarheel
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.399%
Tasted On 03/30/2014
Drink Dates 2014-2022

Best of the evening for me. Should decant. Ripe dark berry fruit and crème de cassis. Still some grip to the tannins but fine grained and integrating well. Good rounded mouthfeel. Medium to full-bodied with a lengthy, flavorful finish.

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Author PurpleTeeth
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.407%
Tasted On 01/18/2013
Drink Dates 2005-2015

Showed the classic Pauillac black cherry cigar box fragance, but the midpalate was surprisingly hollow and the finish short. Acidity was relatively high, but the wine was still serviceable. That said, I would drink all remaining bottles soon, or risk overaging them. At this point, some bottles might be drinking better than others.

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Author NC
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.943%
Tasted On 12/09/2012
Drink Dates 2012-2030

We decanterd this wine for 4 hours and the tanin was virtually gone and the wine was fabulous. It has a deep ruby red color wnd is extremely full bodied and powerful.

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Author JLANDAULA
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.721%
Tasted On 08/31/2012
Drink Dates 2012-2025

A wine that continues to improve with age. Shows loads of ripe plum, almost prune, with hints of vanilla and mineral. Full, chewy and tight. Still needs time.--Lynch-Bages non-blind vertical. Best after 2008.

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Author Lulu SF
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.588%
Tasted On 08/01/2011

Original Note - From Dave, single bottle

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Author RDV
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.345%
Tasted On 03/27/2011
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Author Daddy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.444%
Tasted On 05/29/2010
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Author Miguel L
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 05/07/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2020

Vinfolio purchase held 2.5 years. Faultless textbook mature Pauillac. Decanted 2 hours;well structured, leather, briar, black fruit and forest. Excellent length. Faithful, no drama, and terrific with roasted rack of lamb. A great reason to collect. Drink or hold 10 years, it's fine!

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Author MarcelB
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 04/26/2010

near-mature bordeaux-cigar box aroma,good ripe fruit with solid tannins,excellent length,just entering drinkability

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Author hammer
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.059%
Tasted On 12/20/2009
Drink Dates

nice but at the end of its structure

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Author Jito72
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.545%
Tasted On 11/26/2009
Drink Dates 2008-2015

Nice, with the classic minera ripe ftuit of young-mature bordeaux

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Author gd10102
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 81.457%
Tasted On 09/30/2009
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Author stujakub
Site / Blog stuartjakub.googlepages.com  Trust Rating 99.315%
Tasted On 06/29/2009

bright fruit, a little candied, but with strong acid and tannins to lend a good backbone.

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Author JDF1960
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 86.765%
Tasted On 05/26/2009
Drink Dates 2005-2020
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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 90.625%
Tasted On 09/28/2008

Drank 12/06. Compared poorly vs 1982 as still much too young. Look up when to drink!

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Author metlaw
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 77.477%
Tasted On 12/01/1980
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