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Lynch Bages 2003

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pauillac
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

A healthy, youthful dark plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a bouquet of smoke, barbecued meats, black currants and new saddle leather. With full body and sweet tannin, this 2003 is strutting its stuff. Although it is not as fine as the 1989, 1990, or 2000, it is a complex, classic Pauillac to enjoy over the next decade. Drink 2014-2024

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

A wine with silky, refined tannins and delicate fruit. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a lovely long, textured finish. This builds on the palate. More subtle than I remember. Best after 2011. 35,000 cases made.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

Retaining a deep ruby colour even at 19 years old, impressive from a such a hot vintage. The tannins are a little sombre, but this has plenty of Pauillac signature, with clear graphite, slate, cassis, and an enjoyably juicy finish. I've found a few 2003s that are tasting great in this corner of the Médoc, which is not the case all over Bordeaux, and this is one to enjoy now and over the next decade. 70% new oak.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, April 2022

Maturing crimson. Curious singed bonemeal smell! Good balance though certainly not intense with pretty dry tannins on the finish. Some suggestion of richness on the front palate – very curious. Probably worth waiting til those tannins subside a bit but there’s a bit of a hole in the middle.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2008

2003 Lynch-Bages placed fourteenth overall, out of 100 wines tasted blind, at the 2003 Farr Vintners Blind Tasting held in October 2010. For more information, please visit www.farrvintners.com/blog.php

Farr Vintners, Farr Vintners 2003 Blind Tasting, October 2010
Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine (1), April 2004
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This sexy, evolved, dense ruby/purple-tinged 2003 reveals notes of smoke, herbs, black currant jam, licorice and graphite. Full-bodied, opulent and flamboyant, it is another example of a stunning 2003 northern Medoc that can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 more years. This irregular vintage hit its zenith in the northern Medoc and in a handful of limestone terroirs in St.-Emilion. In contrast, other areas, particularly Pomerol, Graves and the sandy, gravelly soils of St.-Emilion, experienced difficulties in 2003.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (196), September 2011

One of the most popular wines of Bordeaux seems to be going through a period where the style seems lighter, and there is less muscle and mass, but perhaps it’s just a temporary transition. Certainly there has been no truly profound Lynch Bages since the 2000, preceded by the 1996, 1990, and 1989. Showing better than it did from cask with some toasty oak, moderate quantities of creme de cassis fruit, lower acidity, and a hint of cedar in an evolved style, the medium to full-bodied 2003 Lynch Bages does not lack for tannin and structure but finishes surprisingly short for a top vintage in the northern Medoc. It is very good, but falls short of outstanding. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

After tasting the 2003 Lynch Bages on four separate occasions, I came away believing it is excellent, possibly outstanding, but not one of the greatest efforts from this estate. Made from yields of 43 hectoliters per hectare, this blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot exhibits a saturated ruby color with purple nuances. Fragrant cassis, currant, earth, and oak aromas are followed by a medium-bodied offering with excellent depth, low acidity, and a plump, round, juicy style. If it fills out, it will merit an outstanding score, but at this stage, it is well behind the level of the fabulous 2000. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004

Very rich and decadent style to this. Full-bodied, velvety tannins and a delicious finish. Flashy wine. Long and seductive. Maybe even better in bottle.

James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 04), April 2004
Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2007
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