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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Château Lynch Bages

Region:

Bordeaux

Appellation:

Pauillac

Grape Variety:

Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Lynch Bages, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2018

3x1.5L £542.00

10 cases Equiv. £180.67 per bottle

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1x3L £399.92

1 case Equiv. £399.92 per bottle

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1x3L £391.00

2 cases Equiv. £391.00 per bottle

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6x75cl £534.00

1 case Equiv. £89.00 per bottle

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6x75cl £515.00

1 case Equiv. £85.83 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

Southwold note, January 2022

The Lynch Bages 2018 lives up to our very high expectations. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold assessment, this was clearly one of the standout wines of the vintage. Still brooding and introspective, it slowly reveals hints of graphite, minerals and beautiful bramble and cassis fruit. The palate is a clear continuation: there is a mass of dark, mineral infused fruit, which although impressively endowered, doesn’t feel excessive. There appears to be a sense of cohesion and control here, particularly on the wonderfully detailed and nuanced tannins that lend detail and length. This is an exhibition of precision winemaking, almost Latouresque in its stature – a technical masterpiece with a very long future ahead.

Barrel tasting note

Jean-Charles coined the vintage 'Purple Rain'. His flagship Lynch Bages is certainly a wine of epic proportions, which sends shivers down the spine, and has a finish longer than the aforementioned guitar solo. This is a proper vin de garde, hardly surprising given the IPTs were the highest since 2010. After ecoulage, yields were a meagre 37 hl/ha. The team was very careful during macerations - this is clearly precision winemaking. Very detailed, dark, mineral nose - not particularly expressive at this stage, but one can sense the potential. The palate is firm, even uncompromising; austere and powerful, grippy cassis and minerals, cool berries and spice coat the mouth and dissipate at glacial pace. The flavours stain the palate as the immense tannic profile reveals itself. This is a colossal Lynch Bages that will require considerable patience. It could be one of the all-time greats from this Chateau, something to make the doves cry. Epic!

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