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

Château Lynch Bages, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2012


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2012

12x75cl

DP

£1,082.46



Château Lynch Bages, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2012

2012

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Château Lynch Bages, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2012

Jean-Charles Cazes is refreshingly honest about his wines. 2012 was clearly not an easy year with a poor flowering that needed 'cleaning up', a green harvest, the risk of hydric stress in August and the threat of rot during the harvest. It seems as though the team met these challenges head on and have produced one of the wines of the vintage and a great Lynch Bages. The Merlots were harvested on the 2nd of October and the Cabernets were brought in between the 11th and 19th. Deep, brooking bouquet of perfumed minerals, violets, black forest fruit, savoury, meaty notes, tar and herbs. This is very composed, with layer upon layer of understated, refined black fruit. There is also a fragrant, sweet spot in amongst the mineral core. Kudos to the team for producing a wine with so much concentration and extract, yet remains fresh, precise and compelling. 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

Maturity:
Keep/Drink
ABV:
13%

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France

region:
Bordeaux

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Château Lynch Bages

Château Lynch Bages

Jean-Charles Cazes became the tenant at Lynch Bages in 1934, later purchasing the estate and starting a program of investment, restoring the Chateau and undertaking much work in the vineyards. The estate has since prospered, becoming recognised globally, but being particularly popular in the UK market. The estate is now run by Jean-Charles’ great grandson, Jean-Charles.

There are three principle plots, one between the village of Bages and the outskirts of Pauillac, one to the west of Bages towards Grand Puy Lacoste, and the final plot lies at the south of the commune close to St Julien. In all there are approximately 100 hectares under vine on classic Gunzian gravel over marl, chalk and sand. The vineyards are planted with 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Recent vintages have seen the estate returning to its very best form, not that they have ever really suffered any loss of form. This 5th growth estate has always been an over-performer, but recent efforts would suggest that the wines are on a par with the ‘Super Seconds’.

It is also worth mentioning their excellent second wine, Echo de Lynch Bages. This was previously called Haut Bages Averous. Since the 2008 vintage, Echo along with the excellent Ormes des Pez offers drinkers the Lynch Bages style at a fraction of the cost.

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