Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

9.3221 ratings on Delectable
$259

An utterly profound Lynch-Bages, this wine continues to remind me of a hypothetical blend of the 1990 and 1989. Interestingly, when I asked Jean-Michel Cazes to rank his top four vintages of Lynch-Bages, he ranked the 1989 first, followed by three vintages that he said were essentially equivalent in quality - 1990, 1996, and 2000. The 2000 Lynch-Bages exhibits a dense purple color, loads of glycerin and extract, big, muscular, sweet creme de cassis notes, with hints of new saddle leather, earth, and tobacco leaf. The 2000 is forceful yet plush, with a thick, juicy, succulent mid-palate, ripe tannin, and a long, layered finish...Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

The fruits are incredibly ripe...much riper than the previous 00's today. Dry blackberries, creamed black raspberries, black cherries, drip dark coffee, sticky tannins, leather, moist black earth, dry pebbles, some dark licorice anise, dry stems, leaner body style, good acid and long consistent finish wire to wire. Really good but wait 10 more years.

The fruits are incredibly ripe...much riper than the previous 00's today. Dry blackberries, creamed black raspberries, black cherries, drip dark coffee, sticky tannins, leather, moist black earth, dry pebbles, some dark licorice anise, dry stems, leaner body style, good acid and long consistent finish wire to wire. Really good but wait 10 more years.

9.4

Tom Kobylarz Delectable Pro

I'll start out saying it right from to start, the 2000 is one of the best Lynch-Bages I have ever had. The 2005 was a little more opulent and refined, riper, plush tannin meshed with dark red fruits. The 2000 was savory, spicy, fruity and very floral with a nose that just didn't stop. Still within reason for normal folks, Lynch-Bages is always a candidate for a top Pauillac wine for the $ each vintage. 2010 is my favorite modern vintage, maybe the best LB since this 2000. The structure was still plenty firm too, so while it was quite expressive, expect this wine to coast and slowly resolve those tannins over the coming 20+years.

I'll start out saying it right from to start, the 2000 is one of the best Lynch-Bages I have ever had. The 2005 was a little more opulent and refined, riper, plush tannin meshed with dark red fruits. The 2000 was savory, spicy, fruity and very floral with a nose that just didn't stop. Still within reason for normal folks, Lynch-Bages is always a candidate for a top Pauillac wine for the $ each vintage. 2010 is my favorite modern vintage, maybe the best LB since this 2000. The structure was still plenty firm too, so while it was quite expressive, expect this wine to coast and slowly resolve those tannins over the coming 20+years.

9.8

Jonathan Maltus Delectable Pro

Need to drink now. Still good. 2000 vintage.

Need to drink now. Still good. 2000 vintage.

9.4

Greg Ballington Delectable Pro

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

Third out of the three year blind vertical after the blind Burgundy night. Deep garnet red but a shade or two lighter than the 2002 and 2006. Lots of rustic, earthy and vegetal notes on the nose. Vegetal such as bell peppers. Moderate tannins (6/10) and medium bodied. Lots of greenery, some bark and definitely a rustic edge. Long and lingering finish, that is quite dry. Drink till 2025.

Third out of the three year blind vertical after the blind Burgundy night. Deep garnet red but a shade or two lighter than the 2002 and 2006. Lots of rustic, earthy and vegetal notes on the nose. Vegetal such as bell peppers. Moderate tannins (6/10) and medium bodied. Lots of greenery, some bark and definitely a rustic edge. Long and lingering finish, that is quite dry. Drink till 2025.

9.3

Saman Hosseini Delectable Pro

Writer Maison Abattoir

Rich color and evolved tannins, with sleek black fruit, with a complex array of cigar box, cloves, smoke and truffles. Superlative integration and length.

Rich color and evolved tannins, with sleek black fruit, with a complex array of cigar box, cloves, smoke and truffles. Superlative integration and length.

9.2

Antonio Gianola Delectable Pro

Bottle still needs time but hard to keep hands off of it

Bottle still needs time but hard to keep hands off of it

9.1

Mike Merriman Delectable Pro

VT 2000. Riper than I thought it would be, even a little flabby and sweet. Don't remember that being a particularly hot vintage. Still good earth, leather, smoke...

VT 2000. Riper than I thought it would be, even a little flabby and sweet. Don't remember that being a particularly hot vintage. Still good earth, leather, smoke...

9.0

Helen Keplinger Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Keplinger Wines

Really beautiful - surprisingly so. Plum, plush, intact, lively, great texture.

Really beautiful - surprisingly so. Plum, plush, intact, lively, great texture.

9.3

Alexandre Calvi Delectable Pro

2000- perks of working with a wine list that allow you to serve that gem from Bordeaux! Black Cherry, dry tobacco leaves sweet leather, still a long way to go!

2000- perks of working with a wine list that allow you to serve that gem from Bordeaux! Black Cherry, dry tobacco leaves sweet leather, still a long way to go!

9.5

Nicholas Palumbo Delectable Pro

Owner/winemaker/grower Palumbo Winery

Tight out of the starting gate but found its legs down the stretch. Horse pun intended but that's not a negative. Ran like a two year old with blinders.

Tight out of the starting gate but found its legs down the stretch. Horse pun intended but that's not a negative. Ran like a two year old with blinders.

8.9