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Château Lynch-Bages

Chateau Lynch-Bages is a famous Medoc estate, west of Pauillac, located in Bages, known for crafting enormous, ageable reds. The wine is a predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon blend, with of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The Dejean family developed and sold the vineyard in 1728 to Pierre Drouillard who then left it to his daughter and her husband, Thomas Lynch. Their 200+ acres are planted on a ridge of well-drained soil made up of gravel beds over limestone. Lynch-Bages is one of the most celebrated, cherished and renowned wines if the world and certainly outshine their Fifth Growth 1855 classification.

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Tasting Notes

WS96
Delivers so much blackberry, leather and dried fruits on the nose. Full-bodied, with ultrapolished tannins and a silky mouthfeel. The palate turns to leaves, cedar and dried berries on the finish, which goes on and on. This is still reserved for…
WA95
I have tasted the Château Lynch Bages 1989 several times since my last penned note in 2010. It is such a consistent wine, a Pauillac that never lets you down. Here it continues to sport a relatively backward blackberry and cedar scented nose, the graphite (pencil box) element a little more accentuated. The aromatic purr like a Bentley, unraveling with each swirl of the glass. The palate is very well defined with a rigid structure, well-judged acidity and hints of chestnut and cooked meat offering secondary notes on the dense finish that suggest a long drinking plateau. What a stupendous wine from Jean-Michel Cazes! Tasted June 2014.

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