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  • Country ranking ?

    758
  • Producer ranking ?

    2
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Venison with Red Wine Sauce

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The Story

The power and elegance of a great Pauillac. Daring, innovative and known for often being the last to harvest, Jean-Charles Cazes defined the style of Lynch-Bages in the 1930's. The wine's distinctive character earns it its place amongst Pauillac's greatest. It combines structure, finesse and elegance. It is generous in its youth and develops more complex aromas with bottle age.

Outstandingly consistent quality

The estate’s reputation as a top quality wine producer took off in 1945 after a series of exceptional vintages. Since then, Lynch-Bages has continued to produce excellent wines, even during years considered difficult in the Bordeaux region. The wine’s deep colour and tannic backbone have become part of its signature style. Jean-Michel Cazes, grandson of Jean-Charles, has worked hard to develop and refine the wine’s supple and smooth structure over the years. Vintage after vintage, the estate’s precise and excellent winemaking techniques have served to firmly establish Lynch-Bages reputation for consistent quality.

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Wine Information

At the gates of Pauillac, the Lynch-Bages Estate owes part of its name to the ancient hamlet of Bages, which for centuries was home to generations of winemakers.

The area of “Batges” is mentioned as early back as the sixteenth century in the terriers (estate records) of Lafite. The vineyard was established and then expanded by the Déjean family, one with a lineage of Pauillac dignitaries, solicitors, judges and merchants. Its great wine history began in the eighteenth century when, in 1728, it became the property of Chevalier Pierre Drouillard, Treasurer General of Guyenne, who purchased it from Bernard Déjean. Upon his death in 1749, Pierre Drouillard bequeathed the estate to his daughter, Elizabeth, who was then the wife of Thomas Lynch. The property thus passed into the Lynch family for seventy-five years.

Then known as the “Cru de Lynch”, the property was sold in 1824 to Sébastien Jurine, a wine merchant from Geneva who had newly moved in Bordeaux. Under the stewardship of his young son, André-Louis, it was classified among the Cinquièmes Crus in the prestigious 1855 Classification.

In 1862, “Jurine Bages” was sold to the brothers Cayrou wine merchants who restored the estate’s name, which has remained unchanged ever since as “Lynch-Bages”. Clearly a very wise decision...

Two generations later, the château was still in the hands of a member of the Cayrou family, General Félix de Vial. In the 1930s, he leased the vineyard to Jean-Charles Cazes, who was already in charge of Château Ormes de Pez in Saint-Estèphe. Cazes would go on to purchase both properties on the eve of the Second World War. Lynch-Bages has been run by the Cazes family ever since.

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Average Bottle Price

2017 2015 2013 2010 2005
306€ -7.8% 332€ +6.8% 311€ +37.0% 227€ +58.7% 143€

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Tasting note

color

Full and Purple

ending

Long and Spicy

flavors

Blackcurrant, Licorice, Toasty, Tobacco and Herbs

nose

Fresh, Ripe and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Full-bodied, Round, Ripe, Elegant and Sweet

Written Notes

Excellent magnum. Decanted two hours. Fine, opaque purple colour. Dense, ripe, powerful nose with notes of roasted herbs, smoky, toasty oak and sweet currants. Overflowing, fat body and well rounded with oaky, earthy and spicy cassis flavours. Good ripe tannins and high acidity. A huge and rich wine, almost as good as Haut-Brion 1989, but not as elegant and refined. Soft tannins and good acidity. Long finish with flavours of leather, cassis and tobacco. Firm and complex, this is drinking amazingly well now, but should go on for another 15 or 20 years.

  • 96p
Waterfall came first in the nose of the 1989 Lynch Bages, which is not that common in Bordeaux. There was a bit of stable in the nose, but not really quite that. There was some espresso, but not really quite that, either. Cola, that was there really, as was peanut J. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks – sautéed string beans yum! The palate was big and rich, quite enormous and even more impressive in its power than the Leoville Barton. There was enough alcohol here for a high school prom. The ’89 was still quite young. It was big, black and dark. Did someone say something about….never mind (95).
  • 95p
8 Great Bordeaux 1.Flight Latour 1990 MG vs Lynch Bages 1989 MG 2 Flight La Mission Haut Brion 1989 vs Haut Brion 1989 3.Flight Mouton 1982 vs Latour 1982 MG 4 Flight Mouton 1986 vs Lafite 1986 opened 24hours, tastes younger than Latour 1990, again a giant as 6 months before, powerful tannin structure, typical pencil tip from Pauillac, licorice, underwood, pure cassis, espresso powder, minimal tertiary notes, this is a bargain compared to all other bottles, 99+, at least 30 years ahead from MG
  • 99p
"Silky and sweet, surprisingly tannic and backward. Seem sto need time. Dark fruit, sweet tannins, vanilla, tobacco. Opened up after an hour with a silky texture, cedarwood, cassis."
  • 95p
Ruby, garnet rim. Rich nose, intense, dark berries, cassis, cedar, sweet tobacco, morellos, plums, stone from fruits far behind. Vanilla and licorice stroke the fruit every now and then. Fine black tea. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, superb balance, hedonistic and elegant, needed ours in decanter to open, hours. Fresh, long and lingering finish, a bit oaky and still a bit edgy. This is still fairly young. I think my best bottle. Superb.
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Information

Origin

Bordeaux, Pauillac

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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