Lynch Bages's 90-hectarevineyards are superbly sited on a plateau west of Pauillac town, with the red made from a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Fermentation is temperature-controlled with extensive 'remontage' to ensure concentration and depth of colour. While Lynch Bages can be surprisingly soft and approachable when young; when fully mature, it develops a succulent richness and a heavenly bouquet of minty blackcurrants and cigar boxes. As Oz Clarke says "Lynch Bages is impressive at five years, beautiful at ten years and irresistible at twenty."
Wine Spectator: 95 "I have had great and less great bottles of this vintage over the years. The 1985 was the magazine's Wine of the Year in 1988. Today it shows loads of fruit, with blackberry, licorice and fresh herb character. Full, round and velvety. Long and delicious." (2007)