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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Chateau Lynch-Bages  2001
Chateau Lynch-Bages 2001
(search item no. 86855)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $99.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 90 points
2011 Decanter rating: 90 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2010 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Decanter rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2000 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1989 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1986 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Showing far better after 13-14 months in cask than it did early in its life, this wine has fleshed out, put on weight, and shows the typically full-bodied, corpulent, earthy, leathery, black currant style that has made Lynch-Bages so popular with consumers. The wine is lush, pure, and just a lot of fun to drink. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2017. P.S. Think of it as a slightly beefier version of the charming, elegant yet flavorful 1999."
-Wine Advocate 89-91 Points

"Clean and sleek, with tobacco, berry and plum character, medium body and a silky, fresh finish..."
-Wine Spectator

"...A structured, firmly tannic wine that's not at all hard. This has fleshed out very nicely with elevage..."
-IWC 89-91 Points

My Notes:

About Chateau Lynch-Bages:

Overlooking the Gironde estuary at the entrance to Pauillac, the vines of Lynch-Bages are located on the Bages plateau, on one of the finest gravelly rises in the appellation. The estate once belonged to the famous Lynch family, of Irish origin, and was acquired by Jean-Charles Cazes in 1934. His grandson, Jean-Michel Cazes restructured the estate in 1974, adding state-of-the-art winemaking equipment, while keeping the former wooden vats as a reminder of the 19th century.

The grapes are all hand picked and then carefully sorted before crushing. A very strict selection is made prior to blending and the wine is traditionally aged in oak barrels before bottling.