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1989 Château Lynch-Bages

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased as futures

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; light label condition issue

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased as futures

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased as futures

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RATINGS

*****Decanter Magazine (stars)

99+ Robert M. Parker Jr.

...what a great vintage of Lynch Bages! I would rank it at the top of the pyramid...the stunning bouquet offers classic notes of creme de cassis, subtle smoke, oak and graphite. Powerful and rich with some tannins still to shed...

98Wine Spectator

...plenty of blackberry, mint and spice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with masses of velvety tannins and a superlong, fruity finish. Yet it's only giving half of what it's got; give it time. Perhaps the greatest Lynch-Bages ever produced

95Vinous / IWC

..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...

17.5Jancis Robinson

..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...

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Pauillac

Pauillac is Bordeaux’s most famous appellation, thanks to the fact that it is home to three of the region’s fabled first-growth châteaux, Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and Latour. Perched on the left bank of the Gironde River north of the city of Bordeaux, Pauillac is centered around the commune of Pauillac and includes about 3,000 acres of vineyards. The Bordeaux classification of 1855 named 18 classified growths, including the three above mentioned First Growths. Cabernet Sauvignon is the principal grape grown, followed by Merlot. The soil is mostly sandy gravel mixed with marl and iron. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “the textbook Pauillac would tend to have a rich, full-bodied texture, a distinctive bouquet of black currants, licorice and cedary scents, and excellent aging potential.”