Lynch Bages 1989
Tasting Notes and Scores
The 1989 has taken forever to shed its formidable tannins, but what a great vintage of Lynch Bages! I would rank it at the top of the pyramid although the 1990, 2000, and down the road, some of the more recent vintages such as 2005, 2009 and 2010 should come close to matching the 1989's extraordinary concentration and undeniable aging potential. Its dense purple color reveals a slight lightening at the edge and the stunning bouquet offers classic notes of creme de cassis, subtle smoke, oak and graphite. Powerful and rich with some tannins still to shed at age 22, it is still a young adolescent in terms of its evolution and will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring. It should prove to be a 50 year wine. Drink: 2015 - 2065
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 196 Aug 2011
The opaque, purple coloured 1989 is less evolved and showy than the 1990. However it looks to be a phenomenal exampkle of Lynch Bages, perhaps the finest vintage in the last 30 years. Oozing with extract, this backward, muscular dense wine possesses great purity, huge body and a bulldozer like power that charges across the palate. It is an enormous wine with unbridled quantities of power and richness. Anticipated maturity: now-2020.