26th Wedding Anniversary

Cindy and I recently celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary, and, as we do each year, we opened a bottle of 1985 Lynch Bages. This lovely Pauillac shares the vintage year as our wedding, and we have been enjoying this tradition for just about 15 years. I have four more bottles, enough to get us to our thirtieth wedding anniversary. What we’ll do after that? Start drinking younger vintages…

This year, we celebrated with dear friends Jon and Lori at the swanky Italian eatery, Fiola, in Washington, DC. Service (ask for Ashley) and food were superb.

I'm Sure That At One Point It Said "Happy Anniversary"


The wine still sported a beautifully dense purple color, which is always a good sign in an older wine. The fragrant bouquet instantly transported me to Bordeaux, with scents of earthy cigar-box, tar, and minerals. It was remarkably well-layered, with a solid core of black fruit followed by blackcurrants, cedar, tobacco and toasty oak. Mature tannins and great acidity kept the wine perfectly in balance while hints of minerals slid in on the sumptuously long and elegant finish. I can’t wait for our 27th anniversary to try this wine again!

1985 Lynch Bages for Our 26th Wedding Anniversary

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