|Grapes||Sémillon, Muscadelle, Sauv Blanc|
The 2017 Blanc de Lynch Bages, which was slightly affected by frost, especially the Sauvignon Blanc, had been bottled the previous week. A blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 41% Sémillon and 19% Muscadelle and matured in 45% new oak, it has a fresh green apple and gooseberry scented bouquet with the Sauvignon firmly in charge. The palate is well balanced with a fine thread of acidity, touches of grapefruit, melon and pineapple leading to a slightly blank but fresh finish that will need a year in bottle to develop more personality. Drinking range: 2019 - 2023 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2018)
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A dense and fresh white at the same time with cooked apples, lemon rind and minerals. Bright and vivid yet shows depth and seriousness. Phenolic and vivid. Hints of fresh herbs. Drink or hold. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2018)
40% Sauvignon Blanc, 41% Sémillon, 19% Muscadelle (some frost in the Sauvignon Blanc – usually it's in the majority and there's usually less Muscadelle). 50% barrel-fermented but it doesn't show much. A little grapey and floral on the nose. Creamy with strong clementine flavours on the palate. Not typically Bordeaux Blanc, perhaps, but fragrant, almost exotic. Fresh and lively. Not terribly concentrated but pretty and scented and there is some depth with the lees adding a very slight grip and a light spice on the finish, more in texture than flavour. There's a range of flavours rather than intensity. Drinking range: 2018 - 2020 Rating: 16 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2018)
A pure, bracing style, with jicama, white peach and honeysuckle notes. Shows a long fleur de sel edge on the finish. High-pitched and lovely. Rating: 90-93 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2018)
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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