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2009 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

SKU #1121974 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Performing even better from bottle than it did from barrel, this appears to be the finest Lynch Bages since the 2000, 1990 and 1989. According to the château, the 2009 has the highest level of polyphenols ever measured as well as high alcohol (nearly 13.5%). A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest largely Merlot with touches of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it is an expressive, voluptuously textured effort with unctuosity and powerful, juicy, succulent blackberry and black currant flavors, low acids, a layered, massive mouthfeel, but no sense of heaviness or fatigue. This exquisite Lynch Bages should drink well for 30+ years. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A powerful and ripe wine with a wide-screen personality, this makes a very bold statement without becoming a jot heavy. Serious tannins at the long finish suggest this has long-term aging potential. Drink now with a big steak or hold. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A dense, immense, solidly powerful wine. The ripest fruit overflows, paralleling the dark, solid tannins. As so often, Lynch-Bages is a blockbuster, dark and concentrated, with immense aging potential. *Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012* (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Tight and backward, this has dense, almost chewy layers of fig, currant and plum cake behind a very solid wall of cedar, roasted vanilla and charcoal notes. There's serious grip on the finish, with an iron edge that won't quit. *Top 100 Wines of 2012, Collectibles* (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is a little more subdued than some right now, needing a good five minutes in the glass before revealing layers of rich olive, cassis, exotic spices, cracked pepper and garrigue. You get the heat of the vintage and the ripeness of the fruit, balanced by muscular, chewy tannins and gorgeous chocolate notes. This is great, although for me the 2010 just pips it. (JA) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2009 Lynch-Bages has an intense bouquet which is more forward than Grand Puy Lacoste, albeit without the same complexity. Layers of blackberry, bilberry, brine and a touch of graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannin, slightly lower in acidity than the 2010 Lynch Bages, dense and quite sinewy towards the finish. It might miss the class of its peers but you cannot help but admire the brawn underneath its aristocratic coat. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits' Ten Year On tasting. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

K&L Notes

96 points, Lisa Perotti-Brown in the Wine Advocate: "The medium to deep garnet colored 2009 Lynch Bages is boldly scented of crème de cassis, blackberry pie and baked plums with chocolate box, incense and underbrush suggestions plus a waft of bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, taut and well sustained in the mouth, it has a firm, grainy texture and a lively backbone lifting the black fruit core to a nice long finish." (03/2019)


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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2018 | Send Email
Tasted with Jean-Michel Cazes at a vertical tasting in San Francisco in June 2018. Served alongside the more classic-leaning 2005, there was no doubting the caliber of this tremendous vintage for Lynch Bages. At first there was a conversation about 2005 vs. 2009, but with a bit of air and a meal to consider the wines over, the 2009 came out a strong winner of not only the flight, but perhaps an evening that also saw the '96, '00, '14, and '15. 2009 Lynch Bages borrows the best of the estate and vintage and will be one to follow closely for the years to come. Every Bordeaux cellar should have a strong compliment of Lynch Bages, and the 2009 is not to be missed.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2013 | Send Email
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At UGC: Big and brooding, with tons of ripe tannins, blackberry fruit and fine acidity. Very dense. At property: Pencil lead and cedar aromas. Very spicy. 1989 and 2009 are two of the best from this property. Will age forever I would think.

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