04-26-2017 04-26-2017
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3006B Boston
April 26, 2017 06:00 PMCalender
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Chateau Lynch Bages 1985, 24 demi bottles

$1,968$1,600
Auction: Fine Wines - 3006B Location: Boston Date / Time: April 26, 2017 6:00PM

Description:

Chateau Lynch Bages 1985
u: seventeen into neck, seven bottom neck
"Tasted single blind at the 1985 Bordeaux horizontal, the 1985 Chateau Lynch Bages was pitted against two other wines, both First Growths, and it more than held its own. In many ways it is a forerunner for the brilliant 1989 and 1990 that Jean-Michel crafted, though the 1985 has always been more elegant and comely in style. The nose is impressive after three decades with melted tar, a touch of peppermint and delineated black fruit that seem to gain intensity with each passing moment in the glass. Strangely those secondary notes of bay leaf and dried herbs make way for more primal fruit-derived scents with aeration! The palate does not disappoint. Medium rather than full-bodied, beautifully defined tannins and supremely well-judged acidity, this Lynch-Bages is just so well balanced. Hints of black truffle and sandalwood unfold towards the finish that has disarming purity and great persistence. If you want to know why the 1855 Classification screwed up placing Lynch Bages as a Fifth Growth - taste the wonderful 1985 and then the 1989 and 1990 (though the latter pair have greater longevity)." N. Martin for TWA, 95 pts. 07/16
24 demi bottles
Estimate $1,400-1,925


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