73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot. This has a nice feel. Quietly grown-up bright cabernet crunch and then some clean, mineral push for the dark cherry fruit. Deep and rich in the middle, but not too glossy, good straight-talking Pauillac. Proper second wine. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2015)
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The 2014 Echo de Lynch Bages has quite a powerful bouquet with blackberry, blueberry, sage and cedar aromas, not quite as defined as the 2014 Clos du Marquis tasted alongside, but there is ample fruit and it is not pushed too hard. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, coming across as grippy in the mouth with impressive density. It is maybe a bit rough around the edges but there is good presence and mass to this wine and it feels balanced and fresh towards the long finish. This showed relatively poorly in barrel and just after bottling, however, this is much more promising. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Mar 2018)
Dark crimson. Intense, meat extract nose. Rather bloody and meaty. Takes no prisoners and doesn’t really seem that intent on pleasing the taster. Rasping tannins on the end. May improve. Drinking range: 2024 - 2034 Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Feb 2018)
The Echo de Lynch Bages 2014 is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot. It is just missing a little presence on the nose at the moment with light blackcurrant pastille developing in the glass. The palate has a strong salty tang on the entry plus a dash of spice, with a crisp, lively finish that partly compensates for the aromatics. Drinking range: 2016 - 2021 Rating: 84-86 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(May 2015)
The 2014 Echo de Lynch-Bages is a juicy, forward wine that will deliver considerable pleasure pretty much upon release. Distinctly Cabernet-inflected notes take center stage, with savory/floral overtones that add nuance. The tannins are a bit rough around the edges today, even though the fruit is quite voluptuous. In 2014, the Echo is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot, the highest percentage of Cabernet since 2001. Rating: 89-91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2015)
The fruit on the nose is fresh quite light backed by a mix of fragrances. The palate starts with firm black cherry but there is mid sweetness a mix of black fruits cherry and cassis. Lighter at the back blueberry freshness the fruit lingers on the finish. Drinking range: 2025 - 2034 Rating: 85-88 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(Apr 2015)
As it did in 2013, the second wine at Lynch-Bages contained no Cabernet Franc. Representing 27% of the total crop, it's got a lot of the personality of the grand vin: vigorous, firm and densely structured, with sweet tannins, plenty of plum, blackcurrant and damson fruit and stylish oak. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2015)
A structured and muscular red with blackberries, blackcurrants and minerals. Full-bodied, chewy and intense. Excellent second wine. Gripping. Rating: 89-90 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2015)
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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