92 Points Robert Parker
One of the big surprises is how delicious this wine has turned out. It is a beautiful, classic claret. Dark ruby-colored with purple hues, it reveals aromas of dried herbs, smoke, leather, grilled meats, and copious black cherry and currant fruit. Medium-bodied, powerful, rich, and surprisingly evolved, this vintage has hit its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for another 10-12 years.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. June, 2000
Most wine critics agree that the classification of Chateau Lynch-Bages as 5th growth is a reflection of the outdated 1855 classification system. Chateau Lynch-Bages wines compare well or exceed the quality of 2nd growth classifications.
Under the direction of Jean-Michel Cazes and with financial backing from the AXA insurance group, Chateau Lynch-Bages has some 90 hectares under vine on the Bages plateau near the village of Bages itself, just southwest of Pauillac. Planted with predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon (73%), the other grape varieties are: Merlot (15%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (2%). The average age of the vines is about 35 years.
Chateau Lynch-Bages is the grand vin, of which there are typically 25000 cases per year. The malolactic fermentation takes place mainly in large stainless steel tanks, and the wine then spends about 15 months in oak barrels (of which some 50-60% are new) before bottling.