1986 Château Lynch-Bages, Cru Classé Pauillac
Classified as a "5th growth" Château Lynch-Bages punches well above its status, which dates to the great 1855 classification. This is a generous wine that is well structured and complex, and it is a wine which is both unusually generous in its youth and extremely age-worthy.
"The 1986 Lynch Bages has a knockout bouquet that wraps its arms around you with all its loveliness: pure black cherries, mint and cedar, even a touch of glycerine still there. Vibrant and youthful. The palate is beautifully balanced, crisp and taut, linear but very precise with a fine bead of acidity. You just fall for the harmony of this Lynch Bages, the intensity of fruit that seems undiminished on the finish. Is it up there with the 1989 and 1990? Maybe not, but it is not far behind. Frankly this Lynch Bages is a 1986 Claret that you cannot own too much of and as I commented to Jean-Michel Cazes tasting alongside me, at 30 years of age it still has more to give. Tasted July 2016."
-- 94 pts Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate.
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