The Oeno File: 1990 Château Lynch-Bages Bordeaux

June 17th, 2011

By Chris Gill

When it comes to great classified growth Bordeaux wines from stellar vintages, my motto has always been “a wine is old enough to drink when it’s old enough to drink”—meaning that you should wait at least 21 years before opening up a bottle. With that in mind, I’ve just started to dig into my collection of 1990 Bordeaux wines, and the first bottle to get uncorked was a 1990 Lynch-Bages.

I’ve greatly enjoyed the masculine qualities of the 1982, 1985, and 1986 vintages of Lynch-Bages, and the 1990 lived up to my expectations with its aromas and flavors of charcoal-grilled meat, leather, smoke, and oak. While sweet black currant fruit forms a solid foundation, the unmistakable Lynch-Bages pencil lead nose and spicy cedar undertones make this a wine to sip slowly and scrutinize in fine detail to capture all the subtle complexities that emerge as the hours unfold.

For more information visit Château Lynch-Bages

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