1989 Lynch-Bages

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
abv 12.5%
  • 100 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53151-1989-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    (4.7 g/l total acidity; 13.4% alcohol): 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.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: January/February 2012
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Lovely deep garnet and vibrant with very little sign of development. Fabulous sweet fruit still, plus a touch of coffee and cigar box. Complex and elegant but rich too. Then vibrant and spreading on the palate. Velvety but still finely structured. A wonderful whole and drinking perfectly even though it still has plenty to give. Later: still plenty of sweet fruit although it has become slightly more medicinal. And the fruit seems less full in the mouth than earlier. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    This remains one of the greatest Lynch-Bages ever. Still very dark in color, with intense aromas of currant, mint and blackberry. Full-bodied and very powerful, with eucalyptus, fruit and spice. Chewy. A massive wine. Still too young to drink. -- Lynch-Bages non-blind vertical.
    Author: James Suckling
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    Author: metlaw
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    Author: ruby
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    Drink Dates: 2004-2030
    Author: JDF1960
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    Author: Vollmerich Michael
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    Author: Robert S662
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    Author: Dana G77
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    Author: Tj R
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    Author: Danl
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    Author: gotwine
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    Author: Malafronte Michael
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    Author: RhoneRanger
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2007-2025
    Author: jab
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Drink Dates: 2012-2020
    Author: flavio
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: Brock M
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    Awesome wine. No rush to drink yet.
    Author: LeighAnne
  • Self | Rating: 95

    colour: rich, dark garnet. mature but not old. nose: cedar, blood, smoke and toast. very fine. taste: complex. cedar, red berry, cassis. very tasty and drinking perfectly now. even better after an hour or so. one of the best lynches i have had.
    Drink Dates: 2008+
    Author: floober
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    Drank at Yosemite -- very good but probably wouldnt rate a 98
    Author: Jess R
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    Drink now rather than waiting.
    Author: Chez Fisher
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Everything is in balance here; drinking beautifully with a long finish; I suspect there are 5+ years left, but hard to imagine it getting that much better
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Graphite, lead pencil, smoked meats, completely integrated, easily topped the 1990. 93
    Drink Dates: 2009+
    Author: Ricknat1
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    Hugely concentrated flavors have just begun to offer up a nose of cedar and creme de cassis. Powerful and muscular, with high tannin and superb concentration, this is Lynch Bages at its biggest and most beastly. However, everything is in balance for a stunning evolution.
    Author: Shal
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    Just discovered this site tonight. Bought a case of Lynch Bages at release, have only opened 3 bottles, none for 3 or 4 years. Think I should drink another soon, and will update, but sounds like I will be pleased I bought the wine at about $35, snuck it in so my wife would not be pissed or think I was crazy for spending 400 bucks for a case of wine!! Haa, she LIKES wine now, and thanks me for my covert purchases of the past we were young and poor! Web may be older and a little less poor, but we got some decent wine down there!!
    Author: Scout
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Lively. Vibrant. Seductive. Very aromatic and long on the palate. Very pleasurable now yet may still be on the upslope. Still has many years left.
    Drink Dates: 1999-2024
    Author: jmv
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Mature yet youthful
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 92

    out of 375. Dark garnet with the barest hint of lightening at the rim. Very young nose of obvious ripe cabernet fruit and creme de cassis. Still very primary. A touch of earth beneath. In the mouth still very tannic, but the tannins hit late, in the mid and back palate. Very long. Doesnt have the cut and fresh acidity I remember from this out of 750, but very good nonetheless.
    Author: Jeff
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Out of the hate disappointing, but got much better after a few hours of being opened.
    Author: G
  • Self | Rating: 4

    Side by side with the 1990 Mondavi Rsv. Several people called the Lynch as the Californian. Both wines heading towards the sunset but doing so in style. Entirely secondary flavors at this point, but great tanin/acid backbone remains on both. A lot of fun to see them going strong
    Author: MikeA
  • Self | Rating: 98

    stunning,classic cedar/cassis bouquet,dense ,ripe fruit,soft tannins,drinking well now but enough guts to last many more years
    Author: MarcelB
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Was the favorite of the night against a strong line-up. This should be a second or first growth. Rich fruit with plenty of tanin holding the structure together.
    Drink Dates: 2020
    Author: Karl L
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Young
    Author: marv
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.

See other similar producers:Chateau Pichon Baron,Chateau Mission Haut Brion,Chateau Leoville Barton
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.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 5765 bottles owned
  • 769 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 769 collectors)