1985 Lynch-Bages

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 90 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 88 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53151-1985-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

    (5.4 g/l total acidity; 13.1% alcohol): Deep ruby-red with a hint of amber at the rim. Aromas of blackcurrant, coffee, green bell pepper and leathery dried herbs. Rich, round and peppery in the mouth, with similar flavors to the aromas and a long, clean finish. Not the last word in complexity but solidly made, with a soft, ripe texture typical of the vintage and of Lynch-Bages. Better in the mouth than on the nose today, but lacks the complexity for an outstanding score.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: January/February 2012
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    Fully mature with some amber at the edge, the medium-bodied, elegant 1985 offers notes of bay leaves, roasted herbs, black currants and sweet cherries. This vintage has always had an early appeal and seductiveness. It is unlikely to get any better, so owners should consume it over the next 5-7 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Our wine of the year in 1988 and still well worth it. The first bottle was slightly cheesy but the second one was superb, showing outstanding ripe berry, cherry and currant flavors and layers of silky fine tannins. Sexy and exciting. Drink now or hold.--Cabernet Challenge.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Really beaming out of the glass: earthy, smoky, bacon rind, flint, mineral, really fascinating and complex nose with more layers than a mille-feuille. Still sweetly ripe fruit but also a dry and savoury complexity on the palate; but perhaps not quite all the promise of the nose comes through. Nonetheless, the same roasted coffee, chocolate, pencil shaving, licorice, leather and gentle menthol flavours are there. Elegant and drinkable. ÿ(RH)
    Author: Richard Hemming
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Michael D B
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: G
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Beautiful ruby color intense nose opulent fruit. No tannins now-all refined fruit. Ready when opened. I recently had the 85 Stag's Leap Cask 23 and these two wines would make a great paring.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2010
    Author: Walter Z
  • Self | Rating: 95

    decanted and consumed over 2 days. colour: tawny garnet with fade to rusty rim. mature. nose: red cherry with a distinct sour note though not unpleasant. cassis and old cigar box. very attractive nose that I was expecting to fade fairly quickly but did not. taste: blackcurrant and red berries.a little green streak but this does not spoil the wine. delicious. this is a very fine wine which is now fully mature and should be consumed over the next 3-5 years.
    Drink Dates: 2010
    Author: floober
  • Self | Rating: 95

    From a high shoulder bottle bought at auction. Cedar on the nose, mild cassis, hint of smoke, soft tannins not that dark, fairy thin appearing with subtle brown tinge. Thin at the edge. Wonderful flavor, better than I anticipated and on a par with the 82. Has aged well. Easy 95.
    Author: Dnadoc00
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Good
    Author: Connaisseurs
  • Self | Rating: 99

    great wine. pam's favorite. smooth, ready to drink as soon as opened
    Drink Dates: 2007-2010
    Author: jab
  • Self | Rating:

    The 1985 has been totally disarming, seductive, and sexy since birth. Its corpulence, medium to full-bodied personality, low acidity, attractive silkiness, and copious quantities of herb-tinged cassis fruit have always made this wine a winner. It is beginning to display a few signs that it is at its peak of maturity and will not get any better.
    Author: Shal
  • Self | Rating: 94

    This is still an excellent wine but definitely ready to be drunk.
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating:

    This wine is fab. All four of us marveled at his flavor. Tobacco.leather,still plenty of tannin. A hint of barnyard and chocolate. Could still go for a few more years
    Author: Victrola
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, a long finish, and softness and complexity with age. From its founding in the 1600s, the chateau was owned by many generations of the Lynch family, and in the 1930s, was purchased by the Cazes family, who continue operations today. The finest vintages over the last fifty years include 1961, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1996 and 2000. In addition to its flagship red, Chateau Lynch Bages also produces a white wine and a second label called Haut Bages Averous.

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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1832 bottles owned
  • 356 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 356 collectors)