|Grapes||Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
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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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, www.RobertParker.com(Aug 2014)
The nose is quite rich and the palate has depth of flavour. The mix of flavours on the palate is powerful rich blackcurrant and black cherry underpinned by lighter fresher bilberry. The firmness of the tannins tends to close down the finish. 2011-20 Rating: 90 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(Dec 2013)
Attractively 'molten' nose as though all the elements have engaged together to produce something truly complex. Absolutely classic. Gentle texture with resolved tannins, fully ripe fruit notes and some complexity. 2009-13 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jun 2010)
Loads of rich, plummy fruit with vanilla undertones follows through to a full-bodied palate, with soft tannins and a long, long finish. Gorgeous. Rating: 92 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator(May 2010)
This sexy, evolved, dense ruby/purple-tinged 2003 reveals notes of smoke, herbs, black currant jam, licorice and graphite. Full-bodied, opulent and flamboyant, it is another example of a stunning 2003 northern Medoc that can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 more years. Rating: 95 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Mar 2005)
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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