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  • Country ranking ?

    1 643
  • Producer ranking ?

    45
  • Decanting time

    45min
  • When to drink

    2020-2025

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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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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

ending

Long

flavors

Blackberry, Bread, Toasty, Leather, Tobacco and Mineral

nose

Complex

taste

Average in Acidity, Balanced, Ripe, Full, Toasty, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Sophisticated and Impressive

Written Notes

(a blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon, 12% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 3.67 pH; 5.54 g/l total acidity; 63 IPT; 13.4% alcohol): Fully saturated deep ruby. Enticing, slightly high-toned aromas of red cherry, menthol and spicecake pick up considerable depth with aeration. Turns a little austere in the mouth, showing a cooler, almost medicinal edge and a vegetal streak to the flavors of cherry, spices, coffee and herbs. Finishes peppery, clean and precise, with mounting, youthfully mouth-puckering tannins. Though this is hardly a blockbuster, it is turning out much better than the rainy growing season might have suggested. The 13.4% alcohol surprised me given the growth cycle in 2002, but the wine doesn't taste hot at all. A rather successful, well-done 2002 Bordeaux.

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Origin

Bordeaux, Pauillac
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