The 1989 vintage of this wine was ranked #9 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1992
A classic mature vintage, the nose offers an attractive interplay between deep, buttery black fruits, some cedar, and a cool, minty Cabernet character. The wine has plenty of structure and muscular characteristics, but beautiful fruit on the attack and alluring purity and nicely textured mouthfeel. A full-bodied finish with plenty of wrapping sweetness completes this tightly-packed Lynch-Bages.
Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
"This classic, powerful, firm Lynch Bages may be as concentrated (if not more so) than the 2005. It possesses a dense purple-tinged color, tell-tale cassis notes interwoven with hints of roast beef, savory herbs, spice box and subtle oak, good acidity and ripe tannin. The result is a full-bodied, fleshy Pauillac that will benefit from another 3-4 years of cellaring. It is capable of lasting 20-25 more years."
The Wine Advocate
"Year after year, Lynch-Bages is able to produce sumptuous wines, typically rich, powerful and structured. This is solid, the blackberry ripe fruit enveloping this structure with a velvet sheen. This is developing into one of the successes of the vintage."
"Blackberry, licorice and mint aromas lead to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and lots of blackberry and mineral fruit character. Shows outstanding concentration and balance. Best after 2014."
"73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot. Well-defined, ripe-currant fruit is the constant theme of this well-extracted young Pauillac, and, while showing plenty of fruity muscle and mass, the wine sports a fine sense of polish and suppleness without the sinewy toughness displayed by many of its mates. It is a complete and compelling claret with years of improvement ahead."
"Deep ruby-red. Deeply pitched aromas of inky cassis, licorice, mocha and smoky, nutty oak. Fairly large-scaled and layered but dominated by its acid/tannin spine in the early going, displaying firm, coolish flavors of black plum, licorice and graphite. The lingering finish features substantial but ripe tannins. Give this at least a few years of cellaring before pulling the cork."
International Wine Cellar
"While the cedary scent shows this wine's potential complexity, the tannins bury it for now in extract. It's as black as ATV tires ripping roots out of the earth as it lays tracks over dark, blueberry flavors. A tough vintage of Lynch-Bages, this needs time to develop past its initial reduction and allow the fruit to come up."
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