Something about Chateau Lynch Bages
There are few chateaux that have marked the history of the Médoc like that of Château Lynch-Bages. It is on the “Batges” lands near Pauillac where this great wine adventure began in the 17th century. The Château, then known as “Cru de Lynch”, was owned by Thomas Lynch, son of John Lynch, a native of Galway (Ireland) and a Bordeaux trader. The reputation of Thomas Lynch’s wines was such that the Château was ranked among the Fifth Classified Growths in the prestigious classification of 1855 in honour of the World Fair in Paris.
In 1939, the Cazes family bought the Château with its 100 hectares of vineyards that made up the estate. A renaissance then began at Château Lynch-Bages. Divided into two parts, the vineyards are spread over the Bages plateau and near Château Mouton-Rothschild on gravel-sand soil that offers excellent drainage. At Château Lynch-Bages, Cabernet Savignon makes up 73% of the vines, and they have found all the necessary conditions to reveal their splendor, which is typical of this area of the Bordeaux vineyards. Château Lynch-Bages does not neglect the other typical Bordeaux grape varieties. There are 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.
The history of the great wines of Château Lynch-Bages starts with the type of care given to the vines. Since 2008, the estate has used satellite technology to divide up its parcels. The wines take the time to build up their personality that start with the variety and terroir, and then progress to maturity and end with the harvest. After maceration, running-off, pressing, and malolactic fermentation all come at a decisive moment during the wine making process, which requires all the expertise of the estate’s technical teams. Recognized as one of Bordeaux’s most sought-after Classified Growths, Château Lynch-Bages offers the pleasure of powerful, opulent wines that have become more precise after each vintage. Elegant and structured, the wines are generous in their youth while becoming more aromatically complex as they age.
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The medium-bodied 2011 Lynch Bages possesses a saturated ruby/purple color as well as beautiful creme de cassis notes, a generous, concentrated, well-made, medium to full-bodied style and supple tannins. A successful effort in 2011, it should be drinkable in 3-4 years and last for 15+. It is a sleeper of the vintage. Drink 2017-2032.
A dense, chewy wine for the vintage, with plum, currant and blackberry character. Full body, polished tannic texture and a bright finish. Very pretty indeed. This needs time to soften. Try in 2019.
Young, poised black fruits, blackberry and bilberry that are ripe but still laced with fresh acidities, giving a slight angularity to the tannins. This is good quaility, with signature Lynch Bages confidence, but does not expand through the palate as the vintages on either side do, holding itself back. I suggest waiting for another few years before drinking to really allow things to soften up. 65% new oak, with an optical sorter used for the first time in this vintage, and 65% of overall production making it into the 1st wine.
Like Pontet-Canet, this is a château that continues to make a mockery of the 1855 classification. There's much more Merlot in the blend than usual because it suffered less from the drought than the other varieties, according to Jérôme Le Roux, and 75% new oak because of the
Fine density of blackcurrant Cabernet fruit, very good natural richness and very ripe tannins. Drink 2016-2030.