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Chateau Lynch-Bages 1989

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Chateau Lynch-Bages
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Chateau Lynch-Bages 1989

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"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."99+ Robert Parker

 

 The large 100 hectare vineyard of Chateau Lynch Bages has most of their vines situated on the Bages plateau. The terroir consists of gravel, chalk and sand. The vineyard is planted to 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is about 30 years old, with the oldest vines being more than over 60 years old. The vineyards are planted to a vine density of 9,000 vines per hectare. 6 hectares of vine are reserved for the production of the white wine of Chateau Lynch Bages. Those vines are located to the west of the estate. They are planted to 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 32% Semillon and 15% Muscadelle. On average, those vines are about 20 years of age. While Lynch Bages has been producing red wine for centuries, that is not the case for Lynch Bages Blanc, which made its debut in 1990. For the vinification of Chateau Lynch Bages, the goal is to the tailor to the needs of each specific parcel. To accomplish this goal, the wine of Chateau Lynch Bages is vinified in 35 stainless steel vats that vary in size. The macerations last up to three weeks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of 30% French, oak barrels with the remainder taking place in tank. The wine of Chateau Lynch Bages is aged in an average of 70% new, French oak barrels for between 12 and 15 months. For the vinification of their white, Bordeaux wine, Blanc de Lynch-Bages is vinified in a combination of 50% in new, French oak barrels, 20% in one year old barrels and the remaining 30% is vinified in vats. The wine is aged on its lees for at least six months. The white wine is sold an AOC Bordeaux wine. Due to the size of their vineyards, the production of Lynch Bages is large. Close to 35,000 cases can be produced in a good vintage. Chateau Lynch Bages has a second wine. Previously known as Chateau Chateau Haut Bages Averous, the estate changed its name to the much easier to pronounce and remember, Echo de Lynch Bages with the start of the 2007 vintage. The style of wine at Chateau Lynch Bages blends power, concentration and charm. In the middle between traditional and modern styles, the wine offers ripe cassis, tobacco, earth and truffle flavors. The wine ages well. In the best vintages, 30, 40 or 50 years of evolution is possible.

Producent Chateau Lynch-Bages
Jaar 1989
Appellation Pauillac
Climat Nee
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Nee
Waardering 99+ Parker