2003 Lynch-Bages 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac | Fifth Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WA 94   WS 92   IWC 88   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

A healthy, youthful dark plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a bouquet of smoke, barbecued meats, black currants and new saddle leather. With full body and sweet tannin, this 2003 is strutting its stuff. Although it is not as fine as the 1989, 1990, or 2000, it is a complex, classic Pauillac to enjoy over the next decade.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 214

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

A wine with silky, refined tannins and delicate fruit. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a lovely long, textured finish. This builds on the palate. More subtle than I remember. 35,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

(a blend of 75% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, 8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 3.63 pH; 68 IPT; 13.1% alcohol): Deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of red cherries macerated in alcohol, leather, lead pencil and sweet spices. Very forward and open-knit on the palate, with earthy black fruit flavors complemented by coffee, licorice and bay leaf notes. Turns quite tannic on the moderately long finish. This does not appear to have reached full polyphenolic maturity. Though there is no denying the wine's initial fleshy appeal, I find it a little too astringent and grainy.

Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: Issue 10098

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: alphajet
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 03/12/2010
Drink Dates: 2012-2030

Rating: 92
Author: gd10102
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 01/02/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Inital nose is blackberry and vanilla with roses. Medium to full bodied, deep purple to the rim. This is a great wine with a smooth mouth coating and a 20 second finish. Soft and velvety and a nice acidity to pair well with protein. Decanted for one hour, from magnum.

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Rating: 92
Author: NC
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/21/2010
Drink Dates: 2012-2020

Rating: 89
Author: Spike Ngai
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 04/28/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2020

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 89
Author: MikeB
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/26/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2020

Average rating: 88, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

5083 bottles owned by 915 collectors.

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About This Producer

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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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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