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Creamy-rich, lovely top-note of fine red fruit. The density is all here, and this very much does what Lynch Bages does. Big tannins, but all nicely wrapped in fruit and smooth body. Feels like it has a high proportion of Cabernet and this gives it more elegance and a sense of concentration on the long finish. Lovely length. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Rating: 93-94 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Brambly and attractive ripe blackberries and red-plum aromas with some floral accents, too. The palate has a very plush, polished and regal shape as tannins frame up a core of ripe black fruit. Succulent, impressive finish. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Feb 2018)
Very dark, very sweet – seems simpler than the Ch Pichon Baron tasted immediately before. Maybe this shows how much they need a new chai? Fine and dense but there is a slight green note to this. Drinking range: 2024 - 2038 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Nov 2017)
Year in, year out, the Cazes make one of the most reliable classed growths, a wine that’s generally good value as well as a pleasure to drink. This intense, well structured Pauillac is firm and quite oaky, but with plenty of dark berry fruit and acidity for balance. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2016)
This is really charming aromatically, showing convincing black cherry and a dusting of icing-sugar sweetness. There is a confident start to the palate, and this character is maintained through the middle, gently texture but with some plusher seams, all fresh and poised. A very complete style, with lovely definition to the fruit, ripe but fairly firm tannins, and a charming presence and balance. Fresh, poised, showing some concentration, in the context of the vintage this is a really charming success. An impressive result. Rating: 16.5-17.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)
Two thirds of the crop. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Much deeper crimson. Minerals and spice - a very winning combo - on the nose. But bone dry on the end after some pretty dry tannins. Very solid but needs time. Drier than many vintages. Still pretty tight. Drinking range: 2026 - 2040 Rating: 17+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)
Superb nose of black fruits showing exuberant ripeness. It’s very robust on the palate, a hallmark of Lynch-Bages, but a hint of silkiness and freshness remains. This has a good future ahead. Drinking range: 2023 - 2045 Rating: 93 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2016)
They 2015 Lynch Bages is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that was picked from 23 September until 2 October, matured in 75% new oak. There is an overwhelming sense of purity on the nose: perfumed, almost floral blackberry, wild strawberry, graphite and cedar scents, unmistakably Pauillac in style. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, a keen citrus thread that impart tension and ample freshness. Tasting this as the first wine of the day, it instantly refreshes the mouth and leaves it tingling with energy after it has departed. This is an excellent, top-grade Lynch Bages that deserves 8-10 years in bottle and then will offer three decade of pleasure, maybe more. Drinking range: 2025 - 2060 Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2016)
Very classic styled Lynch with pretty ripe fruit and tannin balanced. Full body, firm and chewy tannins yet polished and refined. Alcohol and fruit balance are lower than other top years and give this wine freshness and energy. Rating: 95-96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2016)
This is packed with juicy currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit carried by warm stone and graphite notes. Offers lovely sweet spice hints through the finish, which is fleshy and integrated. Really sappy and intense, yet the smooth structure lets it all glide through beautifully. Rating: 92—95 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)
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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