This magnificent Lynch Bages has been drinking well since the day it was released and it continues to go from strength to strength. The biggest, richest, fullest-bodied Lynch Bages until the 2000, the fully mature 1990 exhibits an unbelievably explosive nose of black currants, cedarwood, herbs and spice. The majestic, classically Bordeaux aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, voluptuously textured, rich, intense wine with superb purity as well as thrilling levels of fruit, glycerin and sweetness. This beauty should continue to provide immense pleasure over the next 15+ years.
|Score: 99||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (196), September 2011|
I have drunk many bottles of this wine in many different locations (Cayman Islands, Shanghai, Bordeaux, Paris, and London), including bottles from my own cellar, and I continue to be amazed by how remarkably consistent it is. One of my favorite Lynch Bages, the 1990 is a more forward, fleshier, and sexier version of the brilliant 1989, and represents a poster bottle of what Lynch Bages is all about. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a sumptuously sweet bouquet of roasted meats, herbs, sweet creme de cassis fruit, a massive level of glycerin, and silky ripe tannins. It is a hedonistic as well as intellectual turn-on. There is not a hard edge to be found in this delicious 1990, which should last for another 15-20 years in a cold cellar. I would rank the 1990 and 1989 as the two greatest Lynch Bages made in the last 30 years.
|Score: 97||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009|
A sumptuous, even flamboyant wine, the 1990 is a forward, flattering and delicious to drink wine, in contrast to the more massive, backward, tannic 1989. Lynch Bages' 1990 offers sweet, beefy, leathery, black currant aromas intermingled with smoky toasty oak and roasted herbs. The wine offers a hedonistic turn-on of fruit, extract, and high levels of glycerin, all crammed into a full-bodied, supple-textured, rich, powerful, low-acid Lynch bages with no hard edges. Anticipated maturity; now-2020.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
This wine has provided terrific drinking since it was bottled. It may turn out to be a vintage such as 1982, which never shut down. The dark plum/purple color reveals some lightening at the edge. A big, sweet, plum, licorice, beef blood, and jammy cassis-scented bouquet with smoked herbs and new wood in the background soars from the glass. Enjoyable and accessible, this low acid, concentrated, velvety-textured wine continues to offer sumptuous drinking. It is one of my favorite Lynch Bages vintages to drink now, although it will be even more stunning in 10-15 years. Anticipated maturity: now-2020.
|Score: 94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000|
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998|
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, September 2004|
|Score: 16.8||Group Tasting, Blind 1990 Tasting, September 2000|