Chateau Lynch Bages
Jean-Charles Cazes’ Chateau Lynch Bages is a perennial favourite in the UK. The gravel croupes around the village of Bages produce powerful, muscular wines with tremendous aging potential. In fact, Neal Martin suggests a drinking window of 2025-2060. This will hardly come as a shock to those who have experience with great, old vintages of Lynch Bages. The 2015 is commanding example, but it is perhaps even more handsome and has a touch more gloss than normal. Classic Pauillac florality emerges from the glass, followed by a mass of dark, crunchy hedgerow fruit that builds and builds to a crescendo of pure crème de cassis interspersed with graphite. It’s an epic Lynch for the long haul. Buy it for yourself or for future generations – either way you/or they won’t be disappointed.
‘They 2015 Lynch Bages is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that was picked from 23 September until 2 October, matured in 75% new oak. There is an overwhelming sense of purity on the nose: perfumed, almost floral blackberry, wild strawberry, graphite and cedar scents, unmistakably Pauillac in style. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, a keen citrus thread that impart tension and ample freshness. Tasting this as the first wine of the day, it instantly refreshes the mouth and leaves it tingling with energy after it has departed. This is an excellent, top-grade Lynch Bages that deserves 8-10 years in bottle and then will offer three decade of pleasure, maybe more. Drink 2025-2060. 93-95/100’. - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
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