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    21
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Pork Tenderloin

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Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select our Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world.

Château Lynch Bages 1985 was the Wine of the Year in 1988

Rich and massively concentrated, with layers of plum, anise, black cherry and tobacco, firm acidity and structure and thick, chewy, balanced tannins. Beautiful, elegant and stylish. One of the greatest Lynch Bages ever made; will improve with five or more years in the cellar. 97 points

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The Story

The power and elegance of a great Pauillac. Daring, innovative and known for often being the last to harvest, Jean-Charles Cazes defined the style of Lynch-Bages in the 1930's. The wine's distinctive character earns it its place amongst Pauillac's greatest. It combines structure, finesse and elegance. It is generous in its youth and develops more complex aromas with bottle age.

Outstandingly consistent quality

The estate’s reputation as a top quality wine producer took off in 1945 after a series of exceptional vintages. Since then, Lynch-Bages has continued to produce excellent wines, even during years considered difficult in the Bordeaux region. The wine’s deep colour and tannic backbone have become part of its signature style. Jean-Michel Cazes, grandson of Jean-Charles, has worked hard to develop and refine the wine’s supple and smooth structure over the years. Vintage after vintage, the estate’s precise and excellent winemaking techniques have served to firmly establish Lynch-Bages reputation for consistent quality.

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Written Notes

A 1985 Lynch Bages was our one stop in Bordeaux, and it was classic all the way, resting comfortably on a bed of cassis with some nut and pencil aromas. Its palate was softer, charming and tender – a typical, easy to drink 1985 Bordeaux (93).

  • 93p
Lynch Bages 5. Cru Classe Pauillac – more raw and more powerful, great complexity to start with but after 20 minutes in the glass this wine falls apart for some reason. 92p?
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Garnet red colour with slightly violet hue presenting a still youthfull character. The nose is multilayered showing aroma of graphite, hints of discreet smokyness, ripe, red peppers, in the background hints of blackcurrants, plums and with some oxygenation a touch of coffee. On the palate an opulent treat with excellent depth and length, fine tannins and rich flavour in the finish. A wonderful wine with class.
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Origin

Bordeaux, Pauillac

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h
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