CHÂTEAU LYNCH BAGES
2009 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
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Deep colour to totally black centre. Wonderful balance of dense dry texture and ripe fruit, this is a great Lynch. Thick with spice and intensely fruity tannins, it stays directed and full of verve. Long, long chewy black-cherry finish. Rating: 95 L&S (Apr 2010)
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Fairly deep color. Pleasing floral bouquet recalls wildflower, black plum, pomegranate, leather, smokeand honey. Sweet on entry, with richness and (relatively) medium body. The tannins kick in, and it is clear that these bottles were opened too young. This is a reserved, elegant, well-balanced wine that needs time to settle in. The acidity is excellent. Finishes with a strong note of slightly bitter Arabica coffee grounds. Will be gorgeous when fully mature. Rating: 92 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2014)
Deeply coloured, aromatic and impressive, this is a powerful wine, with lots of extraction, firm tannins and plenty of new oak. The wine finishes a little dry (which is why it doesn’t get 94 points or more), but it has masses of fruit, so I expect it to come together in barrel and bottle. 15+ years. Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2010)
The highest levels of polyphenols ever measured at Lynch Bages (20% higher than any prior vintage) are found in the 2009, which achieved 13.4% natural alcohol, and a normal pH of 3.64. Composed of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it is the greatest Lynch Bages since the outstanding duo of 1989 and 1990. The black/purple-tinged 2009 exhibits a glorious perfume of graphite, black currants, and subtle smoke, powerful, thick, unctuously textured flavors, huge yet sweet tannins, fabulous purity, and a finish that lasts 40-45 seconds. Five to eight years of patience will be required, but this is a 30-40-year wine from this popular estate run by the affable and highly respected Cazes family. Rating: 94-96+ Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2010)
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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