Slightly austere, leafy and herbal, the fresh 1998 lacks concentration, fat and fruit depth. It reveals a hint of herbs interwoven with attractive red and black currant aromas, but the wine falls off on the palate, and requires drinking up as it is likely to become increasingly desiccated.
|Score: 87||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (196), August 2011|
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001|
|Score: 87/88||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000|
|Score: 87/89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999|
Ex-cellar bottle tasted blind at the Lynch Bages vertical. Very ripe on the nose, blueberry, a touch of iodine, blackcurrant wine gums, cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with quite thick tannins, a little chewy and linear, quite succulent, rounded, blackberry, a hint of dates, citrus freshness towards the finish. The 1998 has a lot of energy and pizzazz about it, although it is just a little overdone, when there was no need. Drink now-2020+ Tasted September 2009.
|Score: 89||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (0310), March 2010|
Big and beefy and still very young and even quite raw. Still quite chewy. By no means the most delicious wine here even if it is the most recognisable and valuable! A bit jagged in terms of acidity.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, December 2009|
Very impressive black colour. Extracted, almost prune/raisin like concentration. This is a big, thick wine, atypical of the vintage. Lots of richness and density, very chewy, with a big meaty finish. A very good effort. FV16.
| ||Farr Vintners, June 1999|
Medium ruby. Pungent aromas of currant, lead pencil, minerals, cedar and herbs. Penetrating but sweet, with perfumed inner-mouth aromas and lovely clarity of flavor. Finishes with dusty, even tannins that spread out nicely to coat the palate. Classic claret. I've liked this wine more each time I've tasted it.
|Score: 90||Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, May 2001|
(78% cabernet sauvignon, 14% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 5.4 g/l total acidity; 13.2% alcohol): Dark ruby-red. Ripe blackcurrant aromas and flavors are lifted by pungent graphite, cedar and mineral notes. Balanced, pure and smooth in the mouth, with excellent perfume and precision. Finishes long and pure, with lingering cassis and leather notes. This is another Lynch-Bages that has picked up volume and flesh from bottle aging. It's a very classic Pauillac and a wine that can still improve with additional cellaring.
|Score: 91+||Ian d'Agata, vinous.com, January 2012|