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1998 Lynch Bages

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1998 Lynch Bages from Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 1998 vintage stands out as a particularly impressive year for wines in Pauillac, and the 1998 Lynch Bages from Chateau Lynch Bages is no exception. This exemplary claret has scaled the heights of sublime maturity, a testament to the foresight of oenophiles who wisely laid bottles down to age. The nuances of this vintage are a tapestry woven from the climatic conditions that prevailed during the year—a cooler than average growing season followed by an Indian summer which allowed for extended ripening.


A Vintage Testament to Patience and Precision

Often overshadowed by the acclaimed 2000 millésime, the 1998 vintage for Lynch Bages deserves its share of reverence for its distinct expression. Upon decanting, this noble drop exudes an alluring mélange of sumptuous dark fruit, hints of leather, and a whisper of tobacco—a splendid display of Pauillac's renowned tertiary profile. The palate reveals itself with a composed balance; graphite-laced tannins underpin the concentrated blackcurrant and plum flavours, carrying through to a finish that resonates with elegance and refinement.


Harmonious Complexity: A Harmonic Confluence for Investors

The convergence of complexity and drinkability in the 1998 Lynch Bages bestows upon it a charm fit for both seasoned collectors and those new to the art of fine wine investment. As we approach its quarter-century mark, its valuation resonates deeply with investors looking for authenticity and epochal pedigree.

In sum, this esteemed Pauillac bears the hallmark of Chateau Lynch Bages' reputable winemaking–a harmonious composition that is as much a pleasure to drink as it is promising for wine investment portfolios. With each swirl and sip, it unfurls layers that not only evoke the character inherent in the terroir but also exuberantly narrate the story of a Bordeaux vintage defined by late harvest success. An investable artefact for those seeking to add depth and a touch of classic allure to their collection.

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Ex-cellar bottle tasted blind at the Lynch Bages vertical. Very ripe on the nose, blueberry, a touch of iodine, blackcurrant wine gums, cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with quite thick tannins, a little chewy and linear, quite succulent, rounded, blackberry, a hint of dates, citrus freshness towards the finish. The 1998 has a lot of energy and pizzazz about it, although it is just a little overdone, when there was no need. Drink now-2020+ Tasted September 2009.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2010


Slightly austere, leafy and herbal, the fresh 1998 lacks concentration, fat and fruit depth. It reveals a hint of herbs interwoven with attractive red and black currant aromas, but the wine falls off on the palate, and requires drinking up as it is likely to become increasingly desiccated.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 30 August 2011

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