1982 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

SKU #950005 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This shows intense aromas of mint, lead pencil and currants that follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a finish with tension and freshness. Inner quote mark (10/2012)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark I tasted the 1982 Lynch-Bages twice within a month, both at a private dinner in London and at the château, from bottle and double-magnum on separate occasions. Both vindicate an exceptionally fine 1982, perhaps a bit overlooked in a vintage full of stars. Curiously, the bottle in Bordeaux does not fully deliver the mesmerizing freshness and energy compared to the bottle in London: pencil-lead-tinged black fruit intermixed with clove and freshly-rolled tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, perhaps just a little austere compared to its peers. Yet, indeed, the bottle in London exudes class and composure with a detailed, mineral-driven vintage belying that year's unseasonably warm period. Superb. (NM) Inner quote mark (7/2023)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Historically this is not the most famous vintage for this great Chateau but one that I have come to like very much. A bottle in February 2023 had beautiful clarity and brilliance to the eye. It has an opulence symptomatic of the vintage and very much on the red fruit spectrum. There is a fresh acidity on the palate that softens beautifully over time, but serves wonderfully to retain the freshness in the wine. It doesn't have the classic “Lynch nose” which is archetypal Pauillac, instead the warmth of the vintage shines through magnifying the sweetness of the fruit. This wine is in a lovely place right now and will hold but there is no huge benefit to storing. (GB) Inner quote mark (2/2023)

94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark My last bottle of the 1982 Lynch-Bages continues to drink very well indeed, exhibiting rich aromas of crème de cassis, blackberries, licorice, sweet loamy soil and cigar wrapper. Full-bodied, broad and unctuous, it's fleshy and textural, with sweet, ripe tannins, low acidity and a long, expansive finish. It's fully mature, but it hasn't evolved much over the last decade; so, there appears to be no danger of imminent decline. (WK) Inner quote mark (12/2022)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This vintage was a modern benchmark for the estate. Intense aromas and flavors of berry, currant, mint and light toasty oak. Full, round and refined, with a long, long finish. Gorgeous. Drinking beautifully. Inner quote mark (11/2007)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark This, served at Cordeillan Bages but apparently bought by my host Jean-Charles Cazes in the UK because their own stocks had run so low, was an even better bottle than the one from my own cellar (bought en primeur) opened less than a month previously. A beautiful wine that was minty fresh, fragrant, sweet and gorgeous. I ended up writing 'gorgeous' twice and 'beautiful' once, I see from my handwritten notes. Cazes reminded us that the yield for this wine was a massive 72 hl/ha. 19/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (3/2015)

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