The 1996 exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple color that is just beginning to lighten at the edge, surprisingly velvety tannins and a classic Pauillac bouquet of lead pencil shavings, cedarwood, black currants, sweet cherries and spice box. This medium to full-bodied, elegant, savory, broad wine is still five years away from full maturity. It should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years.
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (196), August 2011|
In the flight of young wines, with all the vintages of the nineties represented, this wine stood out for its absolute purity of creme de cassis, ripe fruit, medium to full body, high tannin, wonderful sweetness, massive richness on the mid-palate, and abundant power, density, and ripeness. It is clearly the finest Lynch Bages since the 1989 and 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.
|Score: 94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000|
Lynch Bages has turned out an outstanding 1996. It offers an opaque purple color, and outstanding aromatics consisting of dried herbs, tobacco, cassis, and smoky oak. Full-bodied and classic in its proportions, this dense, chewy, pure Lynch Bages will have considerable longevity. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025.
|Score: 91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999|
|Score: 90/93||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998|
It has turned out to be considerably better than my early spring barrel tasting report suggested. Tasted on 3 separate occasions in November, it had fleshed out signifcantly, exhibiting more depth than my initial tasting reports. The wine is low in acidity, but it possesses an opaque black/purple color, as well as extraordinary sweet, full-bodied, cassis fruit aromas intermixed with cedar, fruitcake, and licorice scents that soared from the glass at each tasting. With superlative structure, a boatload of ripe tannin, massive body, and dazzling intensity and power, this may be the greatest Lynch Bages produced since the 1989 and 1990.
|Score: 90/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998|
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, 1996 Bordeaux Blind Tasting 8/9/2006, September 2006|