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Château Lynch Bages, a 5ème Cru Classé, is one of the best-known Médoc estates and has always had a particularly strong following on this side of the English Channel. Since 1973 it has been owned by the enigmatic Jean-Michel Cazes and is now run by his son, Jean-Charles.
Lynch Bages's vineyards are superbly sited on a plateau west of Pauillac town, in the small village of Bages. The 90 hectares of vineyards (Red: Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 10%) lie on deep gravel beds over limestone. For the reds, fermentation is temperature-controlled with extensive 'remontage' to ensure concentration and depth of colour. A special system of pipes transfers the wine from the cuves to the oak barriques (60% new) where it matures for 15 months.
Lynch Bages can be surprisingly soft and approachable when young. However, when fully mature, it develops a succulent richness and a heavenly bouquet of minty blackcurrants and cigar boxes. As Oz Clarke says "Lynch Bages is impressive at five years, beautiful at ten years and irresistible at twenty."
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Made for us by Jean-Charles Cazes (of Ch. Lynch-Bages fame), this is an overlooked vintage in Pauillac, and one that provides delicious, approachable wines. Relatively deep in colour, with an intense nose of damsons and blackcurrants, there is a rich, silky texture on the palate and a great wealth of savoury cassis fruit which coats the mouth. This is all balanced with fine Cabernet structure, and shows great freshness on the finish. With a focus on provenance, these superlative bottles are classified by commune and highlight the fruitful collaborations between the producers and buyers, creating wines with superb finesse.. Whether from Pomerol or Meusault, Barolo or Gevrey-Chambertin, the design of each label references its region of origin, prominently displaying both the name of the estate and the signature of the buyer.
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A traditional styled claret. On the nose it is slightly reserved, but the palate has fine berry fruit, savoury complexity and meaty notes of mature claret.
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Since the inspired 2006 Lynch-Bages broke the mould there has been no looking back for this great estate. Don’t get me wrong, it was wonderful before, and if you have been lucky enough to have tried awesome vintages such as 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1996 and 2000 you will know what I mean, but since the unveiling of the 2006 there are extra elements and dimensions lurking at the bottom of a glass of Lynch-Bages. 2011 is absolutely no exception. Fabulous intensity and concentration. Glorious grip. Super fine tannins dance around the palate and rest elegantly upon the layers of multi-coloured red and black fruit. This is a very serious wine, not as in it’s stern and broody, and too thoughtful and ponderous for its own good, far from it. I mean this would be a great 2009 or 2010 in virtually every châteaux in Bordeaux. Powerful, complex, decadent and compelling. It’s rock 'n roll wine making and Lynch-Bages is playing like Led Zeppelin in 1971. If they ever re-classified Bordeaux again, Lynch-Bages would fly up the charts quicker than any other château. Outstanding! Simon Staples, Asia Fine Wine Director
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Ch. Lynch Bages 2006 is the best young Lynch I have ever tasted and I'm certain this will go down in this great châteaux's history as one of their finest ever. It's a true marvel. Simon Staples, Berrys' Sales & Marketing Director This is a remarkable 2006: voluptuous and sexy, its massive tannins are cloaked by the hugely concentrated ripe, cedary, brambly fruit, while the sweet, rich, toasty aromas add an extra je ne sais quoi. The purity of fruit on the finish is sensational too. Certainly we cannot recall Lynch having been so far up the Bordeaux quality ladder in any previous year. This is an essential purchase for any Claret lover.
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Following on from successes in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Ch. Lynch Bages has yet again proved itself to be equivalent to Second Growth quality in 2008. Aromas of lovely, warm red and black bramble fruits immediately greet the nose and are followed by a creamy textured, rich yet beautifully balanced palate. This is a serious wine but the tannins are incredibly elegant and the gorgeous, crunchy fruit finish goes on and on. Certainly the addition work in the vineyard and low yields have paid off for Jean-Charles Cazes in 2008. This is a stunner.
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The Second Wine of Ch. Lynch Bages, Echo was previous known as Ch. Haut-Bages Averous. A change of name (Echo was suggested by Jean-Michel Cazes) has brought new vigour to this wine which was seriously impressive with a kick of sweet cassis fruit beautifully cloaking the grippy but extremely ripe tannins. The name may sound delicate but this is a wine whose power will echo over the next decade at least.
Almost as good as their awe-inspiring 2005. Since winemaker Nicolas Labenne joined Lynch-Bages from Calon-Ségur the wines here have been better than ever; no longer the `poor man's Mouton' but increasingly almost as good! Impressive, aethereal aromatics and some serious minerally cassis set the tone for this rich, silky-textured Pauillac with oodles of sweet black cherry and blackberry essence and coffee hints. With George Clooney-like charm, a ripe but substantial tannic structure, and an intense, mouthwatering long finish this respects the vintage but definitely outperforms it.
With its dramatic nose of such intense black, black fruit, this is a Cabernet cluster bomb! With super-fine, seamless tannins, and a rich, sumptuous mouth, this is concentrated without being pushed, and makes you feel like you are in super second territory this year. Vastly superior to its 2005 and even surpassing its heavenly 2006, 2009 is a cellar must-have. Simon Staples, BBR Sales & Marketing Director
Very juicy, yet very structured, the 2009 Echo is succulent and pure with dark cassis fruit and some earthy complexity. Very fresh, this is still hiding its power, suggesting it will need a few years to truly shine. As ever though, the attention to detail of the team at Lynch Bages is clear; this is a wine of quality.
Few people realise that this is the second wine of Ch. Lynch-Bages, and it certainly doesn't taste like it here! Gentle cedar hints enhance the rich summer pudding flavours while roasted coffee and firm tannins and acidity add a serious edge. The pure yet beguiling nose of spicy raspberries tops things off beautifully. You can argue about how good the Grand Vin is till the cows come home but there is no doubt that this wonderful wine is the best Haut-Bages Averous ever.