1985 Lynch Bages Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • WS 95
  • WA 95
  • IWC 94
  • JG 93

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WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, September 1996
Our wine of the year in 1988 and still well worth it. The first bottle was slightly cheesy but the second one was superb showing outstanding ripe berry cherry and currant flavors and layers of silky fine tannins. Sexy and... Our wine of the year in 1988 and still well worth it. The first bottle was slightly cheesy but the second one was superb showing outstanding ripe berry cherry and currant flavors and layers of silky fine tannins. Sexy and exciting. Drink now or hold.--Cabernet Challenge.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, July 2016
Tasted single blind at the 1985 Bordeaux horizontal, the 1985 Château Lynch Bages was pitted against two other wines, both First Growths, and it more than held its own. In many ways it is a forerunner for the brilliant... Tasted single blind at the 1985 Bordeaux horizontal, the 1985 Château Lynch Bages was pitted against two other wines, both First Growths, and it more than held its own. In many ways it is a forerunner for the brilliant 1989 and 1990 that Jean-Michel crafted, though the 1985 has always been more elegant and comely in style. The nose is impressive after three decades with melted tar, a touch of peppermint and delineated black fruit that seem to gain intensity with each passing moment in the glass. Strangely those secondary notes of bay leaf and dried herbs make way for more primal fruit-derived scents with aeration! The palate does not disappoint. Medium rather than full-bodied, beautifully defined tannins and supremely well-judged acidity, this Lynch-Bages is just so well balanced. Hints of black truffle and sandalwood unfold towards the finish that has disarming purity and great persistence. If you want to know why the 1855 Classification screwed up placing Lynch Bages as a Fifth Growth - taste the wonderful 1985 and then the 1989 and 1990 (though the latter pair have greater longevity). Tasted July 2015. - Neal Martin
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2002
Full red-ruby. Great nose combines plum syrup leather truffle spices and a faint herbaceous element. Juicy and very intensely flavored; not particularly complex but offers compelling inner-mouth perfume all the same... Full red-ruby. Great nose combines plum syrup leather truffle spices and a faint herbaceous element. Juicy and very intensely flavored; not particularly complex but offers compelling inner-mouth perfume all the same. Finishes very long and bright with lovely penetration and horizontal tannins. This wine had the misfortune of following the Lafite and Latour flights in the tasting; while it lacks the class of the first growths it boasts sneaky intensity. Drink now through 2015.
JG 93
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, October 2014
The good examples of 1985 Lynch Bages are beautiful bottles of wine. The deep and very complex nose offers up a very classy blend of cassis, dark berries, cigar ash, lovely, gravelly soil tones, espresso and a delicate... The good examples of 1985 Lynch Bages are beautiful bottles of wine. The deep and very complex nose offers up a very classy blend of cassis, dark berries, cigar ash, lovely, gravelly soil tones, espresso and a delicate topnote of petroleum jelly. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with a fine core of fruit, lovely soil inflection, moderate tannins and excellent length and grip on the tangy and very finely focused finish. 93+
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 1985