CHÂTEAU LYNCH BAGES
2012 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
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71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Limpid ruby to purple. Quite a quiet nose of firm ripe cabernet and darker pencil-box, classic dry stuff. Sweet fruit edge in the attack. Supple, smooth dry volume of fine tannins holds the palate well with a light grip, 'lubricated' by the fruit sweetness. It's a nice balance and has grand linear purity. Rating: 93-93 L&S (Apr 2013)
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The fruit on the nose is rich and there is a good weight and depth of flavour on the palate. The tannins are firm and quite obvious but behind the structure there is depth and richness of fruit. The finish is a touch dry and lacking a bit of generosity. 2020-30 Rating: 88-92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
This wine contains the lowest percentage of Cabernet at Lynch since 1994, reflecting the tricky growing conditions in the Médoc. This is still a pretty serious wine, mind you. The oak is a little intrusive, but it’s still a classic Pauillac with notes of green pepper, blackcurrant and graphite and densely packed tannins. Drink: 2022-35. Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2013)
The Lynch Bages 2012 is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked between 12th and 18th October and is being raised in 75% new oak just before the rains. It has a very attractive bouquet with crisp blackberry, sous-bois and graphite aromas that are very controlled. No frills here, but it does not need them. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannins and again, crisp acidity. I like the line here – nicely focused with a grainy finish. Very fine. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2013)
Some of Lynch Bages's tell-tale cedary, black currant, earth and spice characteristics are present in the 2012's moderately intense bouquet. This wine exhibits good purity, a healthy dark ruby/purple color and medium body. There is a slight deficiency in the mid-palate, but it recovers sufficiently and offers up a decent finish that tails off ever so slightly. This good to excellent wine could use more fat and charm in the mid-section. Cellar it for a couple of years and drink it over the following 12-14 years. 2013 - 2027 Rating: 87-89 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2013)
Blackish purple. Lots of minerals on the nose. Tight and taut and almost painfully tart but there is energy here certainly! 2025 - 2040. Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2013)
Rich dense colour, big meaty wine with good florality as well as rich fruit, a big wine, very ripe for this vintage. Drink: 2017 - 2035 Rating: 17.5 Steven Spurrier (Apr 2013)
Rating: 18 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Apr 2013)
Pure and racy, delivering a core of violet, cassis and cherry, well-framed by a sleek, iron-coated structure. Features a long, taut, focused finish. Shows the austerity of the vintage, but this remains long and pure, with fine cut. Rating: 91-94 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2013)
A fruity wine for the vintage with dense tannins. Full body, with impressive structure. Long finish. Generous and attractive. I like the balance and precision for the vintage Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2013)
Rating: 93-93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Apr 2013)
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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