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1996 Château Lynch-Bages

  • 93 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53151-1996

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    (79% cabernet sauvignon, 13% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 5.2 g/l total acidity; 13% alcohol): Dark ruby-red with a hint of garnet. Cabernet sauvignon-typical aromas of blackcurrant, violet, tobacco, dried herbs and minerals, complicated by a touch of smoky oak. In a distinctly firm, structured style, but with juicy acidity intensifying the dark berry and mineral flavors. Building flesh and sweetness on the back half counterbalances the wine's firm spine, spreading out nicely on the lingering finish. Though currently a little clenched and austere, this wine offers excellent precision and wonderful balance.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: January/February 2012
  • Rating: 17

    Mid ruby. Savoury nose reminiscent of wet stones and then a real weight of ripe fruit. Still some greenness on the finish but this seems a bit more set for future development than most.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The 1996 exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple color that is just beginning to lighten at the edge, surprisingly velvety tannins and a classic Pauillac bouquet of lead pencil shavings, cedarwood, black currants, sweet cherries and spice box. This medium to full-bodied, elegant, savory, broad wine is still five years away from full maturity. It should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Deep, dark ruby with intense aromas of mint, berries and currants. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a delicious ripe fruit and lead-pencil aftertaste. Very fine indeed. Typically outstanding for Lynch-Bages. 35,000 cases made.
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2004-2025
    Author: JDF1960
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2002-2027
    Author: Oh Ghee
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Amazing purity, creme de cassis and delineation in a wine that can drink right out of the bottle but still has 5-7 years to go. This wine has the tarry nuances of Mouton at 1/3 the price. A true pleasure in the bottle, velvety tannins with forward cabernet dark fruits in the nose and taste. Enjoy now and over the next 3-5 years.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2012
    Author: vinopazzo
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Certainly at maturation plateau, not likely to get much, if any, better. Very food friendly on the night we had it. As Coates would say, |Fine.|
    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Dark black colored wine with no signs of aging. Anise, dark fruits, spice, aged beef aromas. Well balanced with plenty of tannin and acidity. Drink 2012 to 2022.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2022
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2004-2025
    Author: Spike Ngai
  • Self | Rating:

    meaty and angular with a rustic, slightly damp smell (not corked though, just 'wet'. Austere with focused spices first, but then it really softens up the mouth with a nice mouth coating feel. Acidity still very strong and lasting on the finish. Rough tannins, but in a good way that melt in your mouth and on the finish.
    Author: stujakub
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Ready to be drunk and very good.
    Author: Chez Fisher
  • Self | Rating: 90

    The first of the group was crisp, mature and full of complexity. Notions of tobacco, pepper, licorice, tilled earth, truffles and black currant are bright, medium bodied and have a bit of a chewy disposition. While the wine is by no means a blockbuster, it is noble and full of charm and is sure to satiate any fan of finesse-driven Cabernet
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 92

    This is still drinking young. Classic Lynch Bages, but not sure that it will be the equal of 90. It needs 2 hours of air to show cedar and casis on the nose and palate.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2020
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating:

    Very nice. Integrated well but not nearly like the 1989.
    Author: Peter B
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Very silky on the palate. Graphite and classic Lynch on the nose. Highly recommended and went great with steaks
    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: Sandeep A
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.

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

  • 3044 bottles owned
  • 443 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 443 collectors)