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Almost the synthesis of the style of its two stablemates, Ormes de Pez and 'Echo'. Very pure, lovely dark fruit, with good complexity too. Very straight, with firm tannins. Volume and concentration, and picks up more on the finish - long clinging smoky aromatic red and black berry fruit - a lovely combination of freshness and richness. Tannic, but this will be classic Lynch. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2009)
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The 2008 Lynch Bages has a classic pencil lead and cedar scented bouquet with impressive delineation. It just takes a time to get going in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, classic in style with graphite-tinged black fruit. This is fresh and focused with impressive depth on the grippy finish. The Cazes family crafted a solid, what you might call dependable Lynch Bages that might eschew the glitz, but will cruise along nicely for a couple of decades. Drinking range: 2018 - 2038 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, vinous.com (Feb 2018)
Deep purple-ruby. Pure nose offers blackcurrant, minerals and spicy bitter chocolate. Suave and rich, with flavors of blackcurrant and spicy plum. At once fatter and finer-grained than the 2007, with harmonious acidity buffering its voluptuous texture. The broad, mouthcoating finish features fine tannins, excellent length and a floral note. Rating: 89-92 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website (May 2009)
This strong effort from Lynch Bages may turn out to be the finest wine produced here since the 2000. It is a backward, powerful, opaque purple-colored 2008 with fine acids, firm but sweet tannins, and thick, dense levels of attractive blackberry and cassis fruit intertwined with notions of underbrush, lead pencil shavings, and roasted herbs. It appears to be a denser, richer effort than some of the more lightweight Lynch Bages offerings of recent years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2030. Rating: 91 - 93+ Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2009)
Quite brutal smelling. Then rich and sweet and silky at first but followed by lots of acidity. A bit green and awkward. Very drying finish. Needs lots of time. Not charming at the moment... though it’s certainly solid and gets better toward the end. 2016-26 Rating: 16.5+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2009)
This has a cohesive nose: blackberry, cedar, just a faint hint of thyme – good definition and focus although not quite the thrilling clarity of Pichon Baron. This is a very “correct” Lynch Bages that reminds more a little of Latour, very pure black fruit, cedar, a touch of briary, a slight tertiary notes towards the finish. Very well balanced and defined, good length, nice persistency. Excellent – unadulterated Cabernet that should drink well over two decades. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2009)
Black-red, plummy concentration of blackcurrants with smoky fragrance, good rich fruit on the palate, good length, depth of fruit and ripe tannins to mature well. Drink 2016-25. Rating: 17.5**** www.decanter.com (Apr 2009)
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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