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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.
Ageing : French oak barrels for 15 months (70% new wood)
Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
1996 is an important vintage in its decade: indeed, a classic left bank vintage, as the ripening conditions and harvest favoured the Cabernet Sauvignon our dominant grape. The weather conditions in 1996 which were unusual to say the least, also particularly favoured our appellation. At the beginning of September, the grapes were in perfect sanitary condition, but a little behind in maturity. A superb anticyclone then settled on the area of Bordeaux, alternating hot sunny days with cool nights.