2002 Lynch-Bages

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
abv 13.0%
  • 87 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 88 IWC
  • 16 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53151-2002
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

    (a blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon, 12% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 3.67 pH; 5.54 g/l total acidity; 63 IPT; 13.4% alcohol): Fully saturated deep ruby. Enticing, slightly high-toned aromas of red cherry, menthol and spicecake pick up considerable depth with aeration. Turns a little austere in the mouth, showing a cooler, almost medicinal edge and a vegetal streak to the flavors of cherry, spices, coffee and herbs. Finishes peppery, clean and precise, with mounting, youthfully mouth-puckering tannins. Though this is hardly a blockbuster, it is turning out much better than the rainy growing season might have suggested. The 13.4% alcohol surprised me given the growth cycle in 2002, but the wine doesn't taste hot at all. A rather successful, well-done 2002 Bordeaux.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: January/February 2012
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 87

    Bell pepper, cigar box, red as well as black currant notes, dusty, earthy tannins, and a medium-bodied personality make for a good but uninspiring effort. Drink the 2002 over the next 5-10 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 15

    Dark crimson. Smells a bit stewed. Lots of dry tannin and distinctly uncharming. There is an attempt to compensate for the high acidity with fruit but the fruit doesn't have enough zestiness for me.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    This was not at the tasting, but it is outstanding. A blind tasting for the magazine late in 2004 resulted in this note and score: Aromas of currant bush, berries and sweet tobacco follow through to a full-bodied palate, with medium tannins and a long finish. Lovely texture to this wine. -- Lynch-Bages non-blind vertical. Best after 2008. 35,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating:

    Author: metlaw
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: riffmaker
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: rnorberto
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Dense color. Musty muted earth on the nose. Palate with mild sweetness up front and then with expected bordeaux earthiness with long finish. Well balanced and structured.
    Author: Mike N296
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Opened and decanted 3 hours prior to drinking. Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, cinnamon, and even a bit of nutmeg. Very pleasant wine of medium-body. Doubt this gets any better.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2022
    Author: Todd W59
  • Self | Rating:

    Very good
    Author: JanneG
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

  • 1606 bottles owned
  • 252 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 252 collectors)