2009 Château Lynch-Bages, Cru Classé Pauillac

Restrained on the nose, with discreet notes of berry and cedar. The impression is of a classic Lynch, tightly-packed and structural, with a vivid core of berry fruit allied to gravelly notes. Glossy, almost plush in texture, with silky-fine tannins. So well-expressed, a complete style with a long, persistent finish. A reserved Lynch with plenty of potential.

Robert Parker: 94-96+ points (Wine Advocate 188)

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  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    74% Cabernet Sauvignon
    18% Merlot
    4% Cabernet Franc
    2% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Ready 2018 - 2038
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  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2009 Château Lynch-Bages, Cru Classé Pauillac


Performing even better from bottle than it did from barrel, this appears to be the finest Lynch Bages since the 2000, 1990 and 1989. According to the chateau, the 2009 has the highest level of polyphenols ever measured as well as high alcohol (nearly 13.5%). A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest largely Merlot with touches of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it is an expressive, voluptuously textured effort with unctuosity and powerful, juicy, succulent blackberry and black currant flavors, low acids, a layered, massive mouthfeel, but no sense of heaviness or fatigue. This exquisite Lynch Bages should drink well for 30+ years.

Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate (February 2012)

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