1995 Lynch-Bages

  • 90 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • 80 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53151-1995-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    (76% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, 7% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 5.43 g/l total acidity; 12.9% alcohol): Deep ruby with a touch of garnet at the rim. Expressive nose melds red cherry, dried herbs, incense and sandalwood, along with an obvious note of oaky torrefaction. Very smooth on entry, with good balance to its red and black fruit and earthy underbrush flavors. Turns a little tough and lacks complexity on the nutty finish, which hints at iodine and smoke.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: January/February 2012
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    A dense ruby/purple hue is accompanied by reticent, restrained aromatics suggesting earth, herbs and subtle fruit. The wine hits the palate with a brutal, tannic overlay, but behind that are impressive levels of black and red fruits. As is the case with many 1995s, the wine's structural components still dominate, which makes one wonder if these cuvees will ever shed enough tannin to be charming and enjoyable to drink. Certainly depth, weight and richness are all present, but the tannins remain elevated and somewhat foreboding.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Much better than I ever remember. Complex aromas of currants, berries and mint. Full-bodied, very tannic, but velvety and caressing. Getting better all the time.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Transparent crimson. Light, well mannered with a lead-pencil gloss. Polished tannins. Very slightly green note. Sweet and sour.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating:

    Author: metlaw
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Drink Dates: 2005-2020
    Author: JDF1960
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Daddy
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 94

    2016 End of Winter Dinner Party Elegant and aging beautifully.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2020
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Self | Rating: 94

    A wine that continues to improve with age. Shows loads of ripe plum, almost prune, with hints of vanilla and mineral. Full, chewy and tight. Still needs time.--Lynch-Bages non-blind vertical. Best after 2008.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2025
    Author: JLANDAULA
  • Self | Rating:

    bright fruit, a little candied, but with strong acid and tannins to lend a good backbone.
    Author: stujakub
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Drank 12/06. Compared poorly vs 1982 as still much too young. Look up when to drink!
    Author: Nick Riley
  • Self | Rating: 90

    near-mature bordeaux-cigar box aroma,good ripe fruit with solid tannins,excellent length,just entering drinkability
    Author: MarcelB
  • Self | Rating:

    nice but at the end of its structure
    Author: hammer
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Nice, with the classic minera ripe ftuit of young-mature bordeaux
    Drink Dates: 2008-2015
    Author: Jito72
  • Self | Rating:

    Original Note - From Dave, single bottle
    Author: Lulu SF
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Same review as my last one: The 1995 Lynch Bages needs time to breathe. We decanted this wine for 4 hours and the tannin was virtually gone. The wine was fabulous. It has a deep ruby red color, extremely full bodied and powerful. Enjoy.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2026
    Author: NC
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Showed the classic Pauillac black cherry cigar box fragance, but the midpalate was surprisingly hollow and the finish short. Acidity was relatively high, but the wine was still serviceable. That said, I would drink all remaining bottles soon, or risk overaging them. At this point, some bottles might be drinking better than others.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2015
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Vinfolio purchase held 2.5 years. Faultless textbook mature Pauillac. Decanted 2 hours;well structured, leather, briar, black fruit and forest. Excellent length. Faithful, no drama, and terrific with roasted rack of lamb. A great reason to collect. Drink or hold 10 years, it's fine!
    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: Miguel L
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

  • 3224 bottles owned
  • 465 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 465 collectors)