CHÂTEAU LYNCH BAGES
2004 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
Deep glass-coating thick ruby colour. Very intense nose with a big mass of flavours. Not massive but very sexy. Opulent fruit and smooth tannins. Very Lynch but with an extra elegance. Finishes on a bright, intense cassis note. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2005)
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Spicy, coffee-bean nose and a big palate of ripe, sweet, cool blackcurrant fruit and substantial tannins behind. Nice Cabernet elegance, which will remain for the future. Drinking range: 2014 - 2022 Rating: 90 Decanter Magazine (Sep 2014)
It is quite light on the nose but very fragrant. The oak has married well with the mainly black fruits. The tannins are supple and rounded supporting fleshy blackcurrant and sloe, towards the back dark cherry pushes through giving a fresher feel on the finish. 2011-22 Rating: 92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
Sweet smoke, cigar-box, lifted mocha, vibrant red and black fruit aroma. Good depth, length and elegance. juicy and harmonious, forward but no rush to drink. Decanter June 2011 Medoc Panel Tasting. 16.5 points Rating: **** Decanter Magazine (May 2011)
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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