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1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

SKU #950222 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1989 has taken forever to shed its formidable tannins, but what a great vintage of Lynch Bages! I would rank it at the top of the pyramid although the 1990, 2000, and down the road, some of the more recent vintages such as 2005, 2009 and 2010 should come close to matching the 1989's extraordinary concentration and undeniable aging potential. Its dense purple color reveals a slight lightening at the edge and the stunning bouquet offers classic notes of creme de cassis, subtle smoke, oak and graphite. Powerful and rich with some tannins still to shed at age 22, it is still a young adolescent in terms of its evolution and will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring. It should prove to be a 50 year wine. (RP) 99+  (8/2011)

96 points Vinous

 The 1989 Lynch-Bages is one of Jean-Michel Cazes’s triumphs. At three decades, it shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Blackberry and cedar soar from the glass just as they did from the bottle last year, and touches of graphite develop, all beautifully defined and focused. As I’ve proclaimed before, there is such energy and vigor here! The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh, minty opening. The cedar element is a little stronger than the previous bottles that I have tasted, yet there is still that symmetry and focus. This particular bottle shows a touch more development on the finish compared to others encountered over the years, with great structure and grip, notes of tobacco and just a hint of morels surfacing on the aftertaste. A remarkable Lynch-Bages that is at its peak. As an aside, Jean-Michel Cazes mentioned that there are few bottles of the 1989 remaining in their reserves. A break-in during the 1990s saw robbers of good taste steal much of their stock. Tasted from an ex-cellar bottle at the château. (NM)  (9/2019)

96 points Wine Spectator

 Delivers so much blackberry, leather and dried fruits on the nose. Full-bodied, with ultrapolished tannins and a silky mouthfeel. The palate turns to leaves, cedar and dried berries on the finish, which goes on and on. This is still reserved for the vintage, suggesting a long life ahead. Just coming around now, but will improve many years ahead. I have always loved this Lynch. (JS, Web Only-2010)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby-red. Still youthfully closed but highly complex nose hints at cassis, minerals, gunflint and Oriental spices. Quite clean and juicy, boasting lovely precision and size to its flavors of small dark berries, smoky plum, coffee and minerals. This pure, long wine finishes with enticingly soft flavors of red cherry and marzipan. Though rich and opulent, this graceful, seamless wine can still age effortlessly. Maybe the best Lynch-Bages of the last 30 years. (ID)  (1/2012)

94 points John Gilman

 The 1989 Lynch Bages is one of the finest recent vintages of this wine that I have ever had the pleasure to taste, with a beautiful depth of fruit that only the greatest vintages of this fine estate have been able to boast in the past. The deep and superb nose soars from the glass in a vibrant mélange of black cherries, cassis, incipient notes of petroleum jelly (which are so prevalent in the 1961 and 1959 versions of this wine today), complex gravel soil tones, cigar ash and toasty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a sappy core of fruit, impeccable focus and balance, with ripe, moderate tannins and absolutely stunning length and grip. The 1989 Lynch is a beautiful wine and one of the reference point vintages for this superb estate in the last fifty years. Surprisingly, it is one of the few 1989s that is at the same stage of evolution as its 1990 counterpart and is only a few years away from primetime drinking. Given its superior mid-palate depth, I would expect it to outlive the very good 1990. Impressive juice.  (7/2012)

94 points James Suckling

 I have always been a big fan of this rich wine, with its currant and tropical fruit character on the nose and palate, and just a hint of toasted oak. It’s full-bodied, with wild fruit and tobacco character, and a roasted coffee bean aftertaste. This is a fabulous wine.  (3/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 A really lovely Lynch this. As it has been for some time. Dark ruby. Very rich and sweet. Just very slightly rusty on the end. Lovely and vital on the mid palate and just slightly falls off at the end. But it sure delivers both peasure and richness so that initially I wondered whether it wasn't right bank. Voluptuous. (JR) 18/20  (5/2013)

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