Bordeaux 2016: Lynch Bages

Bordeaux 2016: Lynch Bages
Jean Charles Cazes describes the monumental 2016 Lynch Bages as a ‘rock star’. It is a commanding Pauillac with a sustain longer than a Nigel Tufnel guitar solo. It reminded us of great northern Medoc wines of the past with its tannic presence and classic lines, although, there is a refinement and precision that clearly places this as a 21st century wine. We were blown away by the energy and power, so it came as no surprise that Neal Martin awarded it 97-99 points.

‘The 2016 Lynch Bages is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot with 13.7% alcohol and an IPT of 95, the highest ever for this property and probably one of the highest on the Left Bank this vintage. It was picked between from 27-30 September for the young vines, then the picking team stopped, restarting on 3 October with the Merlot and the Cabernets finished on 12 October. This vintage is matured in 75% new oak. It has a very concentrated, almost opaque bouquet that required some coaxing from the glass, developing floral and crushed limestone scents with time: disarmingly fresh and with stunning vivacity. The palate is concentrated and tannic, although they are not obtrusive and appear neatly embroidered into the multi-layered black fruit. This is a classic Lynch Bages with ambition and recalls vintages like 1990, a Lynch Bages built for long-term ageing. That arching backbone is counterbalanced by the keen line of acidity and a freshness that knows no bounds. There is ethereal delineation and tension on the finish, but I would give this at least ten years in bottle to enjoy this audacious Lynch Bages at its peak. Maybe the biggest surprise of the vintage, this has all the makings of a sensational wine. Drink 2026 - 2060. 97-99/100’. - Neal Martin, robertparker.com

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