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Bordeaux 2020: Lynch Bages
16 June 2021

We’ve waited a while, and just like London buses, another grand name from Pauillac comes along! Hot on the heels of Pichon Comtesse, the Cazes family has released their flagship wine, the first vintage to be produced in their state-of-the-art winery. The team has pulled out all the stops to ensure the debut vintage is one to remember. Produced from miniscule yields of 22hl/ha, this is concentrated and serious as one would expect, however, there is an intensity and freshness to the dark cassis core that is so engaging and impressive. All that power is wonderfully harnessed, giving the impression of weightlessness. The tannins are equally striking. Described by Neal Martin as “reminiscent of Latour toward the finish”, it is certainly a remarkable wine with a distinguished future ahead. “The 2020 Lynch-Bages contains proportionately more Merlot in the blend this year (31%) and will be aged for 18 months in 75% new oak. It has an intriguing bouquet, quite complex and classic in style, featuring tightly wound black fruit mixed with cedar, mint and touches of the estuary. One sniff and you know that the vines are in close proximity to the sea. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive weight on the entry, the tannins almost immediately coating the mouth (the IPT is 93, fairly high). But everything remains balanced thanks to the fine acidic thread, and it begins to firm up, becoming quite structured and, dare I say, reminiscent of Latour toward the finish. This is a Lynch-Bages that clearly will deserve long-term aging because there is real substance to this wine, and that will only increase during élevage. This is a great Lynch-Bages. The Cazes family should build a new winery to celebrate. Drink 2027-2055. 94-96/100” – Neal Martin, vinous.com    Read More

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