Ratings & Tasting Notes:
99 points Wine Advocate
One of the all-time great vintages for this château is the 1989 Lynch-Bages, a striking wine that offers up pure and intense aromas of cassis, pencil shavings, spring flowers and hints of cigar wrapper. Full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, it’s seamless and concentrated, with a rich core of fruit, ripe tannins and a beautifully defined finish. Still an infant at age 32, it surpasses all three of Pauillac’s first growths in 1989. (WK) (2/2022)
96 points Jeb Dunnuck
A tight, almost closed bottle, the 1989 Château Lynch-Bages offers a deep ruby hue with no signs of bricking at the edges. Youthful, powerful darker currants, scorched earth, smoked tobacco, and freshly sharpened pencil notes emerge from the glass, and it’s full-bodied, with a dense, layered mid-palate, ripe tannins, and a great finish. The balance is spot on, but this bottle remained tight and unforgiving, despite ample air time. (JD) 96+ (8/2021)
96 points Vinous
The 1989 Lynch-Bages is one of Jean-Michel Cazes’s triumphs. At three decades, it shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Blackberry and cedar soar from the glass just as they did from the bottle last year, and touches of graphite develop, all beautifully defined and focused. As I’ve proclaimed before, there is such energy and vigor here! The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh, minty opening. The cedar element is a little stronger than the previous bottles that I have tasted, yet there is still that symmetry and focus. This particular bottle shows a touch more development on the finish compared to others encountered over the years, with great structure and grip, notes of tobacco and just a hint of morels surfacing on the aftertaste. A remarkable Lynch-Bages that is at its peak. As an aside, Jean-Michel Cazes mentioned that there are few bottles of the 1989 remaining in their reserves. A break-in during the 1990s saw robbers of good taste steal much of their stock. (NM) (9/2019)
96 points Wine Spectator
Delivers so much blackberry, leather and dried fruits on the nose. Full-bodied, with ultrapolished tannins and a silky mouthfeel. The palate turns to leaves, cedar and dried berries on the finish, which goes on and on. This is still reserved for the vintage, suggesting a long life ahead. Just coming around now, but will improve many years ahead. I have always loved this Lynch. *Ranked #9 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 1992* (5/2010)
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.
Please note: Outstanding condition. The bottle shown is representative of the exact item condition. Photographs have been taken from different angles in order to exhibit the exact item condition.