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Chateau Lynch Bages 2008

Pauillac, France

16,890

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    WE 94 JS 93 RPWA 93 DEC 93
    CG 93 VAG 92 WS 91 ST 90
    JR 17.5/20 DMS 17.5/20 TWF 94 JL 92
    WSM 92 CT 91 LR 17.5/20 B&D 17/20
    GM 17/20 VWM 16.5/20

Grape Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot

 

BBR  Notes
Following on from successes in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Ch. Lynch Bages has yet again proved itself to be equivalent to Second Growth quality in 2008. Aromas of lovely, warm red and black bramble fruits immediately greet the nose and are followed by a creamy textured, rich yet beautifully balanced palate. This is a serious wine but the tannins are incredibly elegant and the gorgeous, crunchy fruit finish goes on and on. Certainly the addition work in the vineyard and low yields have paid off for Jean-Charles Cazes in 2008. This is a stunner.

Notes
Fifth Growth. Cinquieme Grand Cru Classe in 1855

 

  • 94 Wine Enthusiast

    In the powerful style of Lynch-Bages, although perhaps less exuberant than usual. Instead the concentration comes from juicy fruit, which gives it the a softer quality. Even so, it still has solid tannins, dense texture and always the promise of good aging.

  • 93 James Suckling

    Lots of currant and lemon rind undertones. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Tight and linear but pretty and bright. Just opening now. Drink or hold. (6/2016)

  • 93 Robert Parker Wine Advocate

    A sensational effort for the vintage, this textured, opulent, superb Lynch Bages is already strutting its stuff and should easily last for 20 years. Medium to full-bodied with an opaque dense purple color, notes of flowers and cassis, a layered texture that builds incrementally in the mouth and tremendous purity and depth, it can be drunk now or cellared for two decades or more. Bravo! (RP) (5/2011)

  • 93 Decanter

    More concentrated and tannic than many of the other Pauillacs in this vintage, with powerful cassis fruits, notes of liquorice and still-chewy tannins, with cigar box and menthol starting to tunnel though. It could do with another few years, and it’s built to go the decades. Accomplished and enjoyable. Drinking window 2020 – 2035 (JA) (12/2017)

  • 93 Connoisseurs' Guide

    Our love affair with Lynch-Bages stretches back a good many years, and, while we have frankly been disappointed with the property in more recent harvests, the 2008 is back in top form and offers up a stunning measure of deep, very confident and wonderfully extracted blackcurrant fruit. It is full and supple and fit with perfectly ripe tannins, and there is no question that it will age famously for years to come. It is, in our minds, one of the stars of the vintage. (3/2011)

  • 92 Vinous Antonio Galloni

    The 2008 Lynch Bages has a classic pencil lead and cedar scented bouquet with impressive delineation. It just takes a time to get going in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, classic in style with graphite-tinged black fruit. This is fresh and focused with impressive depth on the grippy finish. The Cazes family crafted a solid, what you might call dependable Lynch Bages that might eschew the glitz, but will cruise along nicely for a couple of decades. (NM) (2/2018)

  • 91 Wine Spectator

    Very solid, with a super beam of dark currant, tobacco and iron pushed by charcoal, melted fig and cocoa notes. This has a nicely rounded feel, but there’s plenty of grip in reserve.

  • 90 Stephen Tanzer

    Bright red-ruby. Dark berries, redcurrant, licorice and mint on the nose. Sweet, tactile, chewy and rich, with a firm edge of acidity giving cut and definition to the flavors of crushed cherry, redcurrant, minerals and spices. The building tannins come across as smooth. An elegantly styled Pauillac with a firm spine of acids and tannins for aging. (ST) 90+ (8/2011)

  • 17.5/20 Jancis Robinson

    Very dense dark crimson with a hint of evolution at the rim. Extremely introvert — not much nose for the moment though obviously very concentrated. Lots of acidity. Spark. This could be from the Latour stable? Velvety texture; minerally flavours. Pretty glossy and confident. Drink 2015 – 2028. (JR) 17.5/20 Points (1/2012)

  • 17.5/20 Decanter Magazine (Steven Spurrier)

    Black-red, plummy concentration of blackcurrants with smoky fragrance, good rich fruit on the palate, good length, depth of fruit and ripe tannins to mature well. Drink 2016-25.

  • 94 The Wine Front
  • 92 Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider
  • 92 Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • 91 CellarTracker
  • 17.5/20 La Revue du Vin de France
  • 17/20 Bettane & Desseauve
  • 17/20 Gault & Millau
  • 16.5/20 Vinum Wine Magazine
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