|Grapes||Muscadelle, Sauv Blanc, Sémillon|
52% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon, 18% Muscadelle. Such clever winemaking: a lovely mix of sweetness than tantalises and sets off the bright nettley and acidulous elements of Sauvignon Blanc. Bravo. Drinking range: 2018 - 2022 Rating: 91-93 L&S (Apr 2017)
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The light gold-colored 2016 Blanc de Lynch Bages has a classic, honeyed minerality and white grapefruit perfume that’s followed by a clean, medium-bodied, vibrant white that’s already drinking beautifully. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 91 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Feb 2019)
52% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Sémillon, 18% Muscadelle. Picked mainly after the rains of 13 September. 45% new oak. Pungent with a slightly rich palate entry and then masses of crispness. Really quite tight on the end. Racy and lots of tension, with none of the flab of some dry whites in 2016. Drinking range: 2018 - 2021 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2017)
This is really excellent with sliced apples, lemon rind, minerals and stones. Medium to full body, vivid and energetic acidity and a long and powerful, almost minerally finish. Wow. Rating: 95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2017)
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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