2021 Château Lynch Bages

Grapes Sémillon, Sauv Blanc, Muscadelle
Colour White
Origin France, Bordeaux
ABV 13%

Bright and crunchy white with layers of gooseberries, fennel, lemon grass and sea shells. White peach, too. Medium-bodied, bright and driven with linear character. Stony and saline at the end. 79% sauvignon blanc, 15% semillon and 6% muscadelle. Drink or hold. Rating: 94 James Suckling, (Jul 2024)

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A sharper style of white, plenty of fresh acidities, precise, citrus and a juicy finish. Drink young and cold. Drinking range: 2022 - 2026 Rating: 87 Jane Anson, (May 2022)

The 2021 Blanc de Lynch-Bages, which was bottled 10 days prior to my visit, has a delightful bouquet with white peach and light orange pith scents. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, though I just need a little more weight (more Sémillon?) to fill out the finish. 12.98% alcohol. Drinking range: 2024 - 2030 Rating: 87 Neal Martin, (May 2022)

The 2021 Blanc de Lynch Bages is terrific. The move to increase the Sauvignon Blanc and decrease the Muscadelle yields a white endowed with notable energy and brightness, a style I personally like quite a bit. Drinking range: 2022 - 2029 Rating: 91-93 Antonio Galloni, (May 2022)

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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