2003 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Grapes Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Left Bank
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Pauillac
Classification 5ème Cru Classé
ABV 13%

Rich and dense, but not the dense concentration of Pontet Canet, for example. Velvety and pure, very harmonious on the palate. Power builds and the finish comes through with plums and black cherries and lots of ripe rich tannins. There is a lovely length to the fruit. L&S (Mar 2005)

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The 2003 Lynch-Bages has a rich and forward nose with licorice-infused black fruit, black plum and melted tar. This is very concentrated with sweet black fruit, cedar and mint, but it feels a little heavy in the mouth and is missing some complexity and freshness on the finish. A bit labored compared to coeval vintages? Tasted at the Lynch Bages vertical at the château. Drinking range: 2022 - 2037 Rating: 87 Neal Martin, (Jul 2023)

Retaining a deep ruby colour even at 19 years old, impressive from a such a hot vintage. The tannins are a little sombre, but this has plenty of Pauillac signature, with clear graphite, slate, cassis, and an enjoyably juicy finish. I've found a few 2003s that are tasting great in this corner of the Médoc, which is not the case all over Bordeaux, and this is one to enjoy now and over the next decade. 70% new oak. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, Decanter (Apr 2022)

A healthy, youthful dark plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a bouquet of smoke, barbecued meats, black currants and new saddle leather. With full body and sweet tannin, this 2003 is strutting its stuff. Although it is not as fine as the 1989, 1990, or 2000, it is a complex, classic Pauillac to enjoy over the next decade. 2014-2024 Rating: 94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Aug 2014)

Château Lynch Bages

Pauillac Cinquième cru 1855 Thomas Lynch emigrated to Bordeaux from Galway in Ireland in 1691. He had two children and it was his son Thomas who associated the family name with Bordeaux by inheriting Lynch-Bages through his wife, and buying Lynch-Moussas and Dauzac in Margaux. Jean-Charles Cazes, who had recently bought Château Les Ormes de Pez in St Estèphe, took the tenancy of Lynch-Bages in 1934, and bought the property outright five years later. It has been the ownership of the Cazes family, who still own the estate, which turned Château Lynch Bages into the leading estate it is today, far exceeding the seemingly lowly 5th growth status bestowed upon it in 1855. There are 90ha of vines in the small village of Bages, just south of Pauillac. Red grapes are planted to 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Wines are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel before ageing in wood (60% new) for 15 months. There has been a second wine produced at Lynch-Bages since 1978 that was originally called Château Haut Bages Averous, but has recently been renamed Echo de Lynch Bages. A small amount of Château Lynch Bages Blanc is made from 40% each of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon and 20% Muscadelle.

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