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

Château Lynch Bages, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2016




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Château Lynch Bages, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2016


Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Château Lynch Bages, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2016

Jean-Charles' mantra for the vintage was 'if 6 was 9', a Jimi Hendrix soundtrack for this rock and roll vintage. At first the sun did refuse to shine, but in the end, no-one minded as July, August, September and October were easy rider months. He explained that the final harvest date was the 12th of October, exactly the same date as in 2009, but that is the only thing these vintages have in common. They had never before seen such levels of tannin. This is dark and serious, a gravelly, introverted, mineral infused Lynch produced from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Notes of graphite and black cherry lead to a handsome and powerful mid-palate of crème de cassis, coal and salty minerals. A big bold effort that harks back to the great Lynchs of yesteryear - it will require considerable patience. Rock 'n Roll indeed, and sure to delight lovers of this great Pauillac estate.

Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux

Muscular but finely-tuned, with a floral, rose-stem edge to Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant flavours that elevates this beyond its surrounding vintages, as is often the case with exceptional 2016s on the Left Bank. Give it time in the glass if you are going near it any time soon, and allow the brambled fruits to appear, with creamy black cherry and damson puree on full display finessed with pencil lead, plum pudding, liqourice and slate-strewn tannins that give a mouth-watering finish. Great stuff, this is one to savour over the long term. 75% new oak.
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Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent

The 2016 Lynch-Bages is blended from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot and has a deep garnet color. It is closed to begin, requiring a lot of swirling to unlock notes of blackcurrant pastilles, fresh black plums, and black cherries, plus suggestions of mossy tree bark, truffles, black olives, and lilacs. Medium-bodied, the palate is like a tightly wound spring waiting to explode, featuring layers of minerals and crunchy black fruits, supported by very firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing with epic length and energy. When this opens up, in another 5-7 years, be prepared to be blown away!
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Neal Martin, Vinous

The 2016 Lynch-Bages is primal but concentrated on the nose with blueberry and crushed violet scents. This is powerful, sensual and utterly glorious. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, assertive and structured yet retaining ample freshness. There is a subtle marine note that comes through on the finish. One of the most profound releases from the estate in recent years...maybe ever? Tasted at the Lynch-Bages vertical at the château.
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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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