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2005 Lynch Bages

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2005 Lynch Bages from Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 2005 Lynch Bages from Chateau Lynch Bages performs a virtuoso display of Pauillac's pedigree. This vintage stands as a paragon, distinguished from its kin by the extraordinary conditions of 2005 that bestowed upon the Bordeaux region both benevolence and brilliance in ample measure.


A Vintage Defined by Elegance and Power

The confluence of optimum weather patterns has yielded a 2005 Lynch Bages that encapsulates the essence of its storied terroir with remarkable finesse. Its textural richness and depth of flavour underscore the investment potential inherent in this storied vintage, marking it as one that has ripened to perfection with age.


Savouring the Distinctive Qualities of an Exceptional Year

As I decant this noble offering, the bouquet unfurls with inviting aromas of cassis, worn leather, and a whiff of tobacco—hallmarks of mature Pauillac. On the palate, it reveals layers of blackberry, graphite, and subtle oak nuances married to fine-grained tannins that have mellowed beautifully over time. The finish lingers with persistence, showcasing its impressive structure and balance.

In the lexicon of fine wine investment, the 2005 vintage is frequently lauded for its excellent ageing potential, and this particular offering from Chateau Lynch Bages is no exception. It embodies an intricate mélange of power and elegance that captures the essence of the duality that marks out great Bordeaux wines.

Now at the apex of its evolution, this consummate blend of cabernet sauvignon led claret intrigues with its complexity and poise. The 2005 Lynch Bages signifies not merely a remarkable selection for connoisseurs but also a prudent addition to the portfolios of discerning investors.


Concluding Thoughts on this Estimable Pauillac

For those captivated by viniculture's finest expressions, the 2005 Lynch Bages from Chateau Lynch Bages represents an enlightened choice. It stands testament to an illustrious year when nature conspired with tradition and talent to bequeath a vintage endowed with both immediate charm and long-term promise—a truly investable treasure primed for appreciation in both palate and price.

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This is very dense and tight right now with firm tannins. Currants with cassis, plums and peach. Full and dense, not giving that much. Powerful and intense and structured. It needs at least another five years.

James Suckling -, May 2nd 2013


As one might suspect, the dense purple-hued 2005 is still tannic, firm and young, with concentrated blackberry and cassis fruit, beautiful ripeness, a full-bodied mouthfeel and undeniable youthfulness. Tasting like a 2-3 year old wine rather one that has passed its sixth birthday, it is potentially one of the longest lived Lynch Bages since the remarkable 1989 and 2000. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030+

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #196 Aug 2011


Tasted single blind at Farr’s 2005 dinner in Hong Kong. The Lynch Bages 2005 is crisp and full of guile on the nose, aloof at first, but then opening up like a old friend who suddenly realizes who you are. Blackberry, cedar and here, just a suggestion of Hoi Sin sauce. The palate is full-bodied and very well structured with firm backbone. Like previous bottles, it is sulky at first but it soon open up and the tannins are more resolved towards the finish that is sweet and seductive. Excellent. Tasted November 2011.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2012


As for the 2005 Lynch-Bages, it is a sexy, surprisingly soft and accessible style of wine, with a deep ruby/purple color, loads of crème de cassis, cedar wood and forest floor notes, medium to full body, ripe tannin and a long, fleshy finish. Drink it over the next 15+ years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2015

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