Chateau 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.
Overlooking the Gironde Estuary, Château Lynch-Bages is a great growth in the 1855 classification located on a magnificent gravelly rise on the outskirts of Pauillac. The estate formerly belonged to the Lynch family, originally from Ireland, and was purchased by Jean-Charles Cazes in 1939. Housed in a 16th-century building, the old vat room dates back to the 1850s. It is one of the rare remaining winemaking facilities of its kind. A visit is truly a trip back in time...
Lynch Bages's vineyards are superbly sited on a plateau west of Pauillac, 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.
In 2017, the family began a new chapter in the estate’s history by renovating its winemaking facilities and due for completion in 2020. In-depth soil surveys have been undertaken in the vineyard for several years, and the renovation project, headed by American architect Chien Chung Pei, naturally fits into the estate’s quest for excellence.
The 2019 Lynch-Bages is intense on the nose with layers of blackberry, bilberry, cedar, pencil shavings and light mint aromas defining it as a Pauillac. Very focused and I noticed it gaining delineation with aeration. The palate is very smooth and harmonious, the acidity perfectly pitched with a gentle but insistent grip. It reminds me of the superlative 2016 in some ways, effortless on the lightly spiced finish. This has huge potential. They should build a new winery to celebrate! 95-97 Neal Martin
The 2019 Lynch Bages is stunning. Rich, ample and dramatic, the 2019 possesses tremendous richness and an intensity that builds all the way through to the finish. Inky red and purplish fruit, new leather, cedar and blueberry are all pushed forward here. Vibrant and expansive from the very first taste, with tremendous saline energy backing it all up, Lynch Bages is pure magic in 2019. Wow. Don't miss it! 96-98 Galloni
"This takes hold from the first moment and powers along, delivering a ton of black brambly fruit, liquorice, grilled cedar and Pauillac confidence. The tannins are pretty chewy, really closing in on the end of play, giving no doubt that this is going to age slowly and for many decades, but there is a creaminess to the overall structure that is already evident." Decanter Magazine, 94/100 Points
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot
AREA UNDER VINE 100 hectares
TOTAL PRODUCTION 300,000 bottles
SOIL Garonne gravel
GRAPE VARIETIES 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
AGEING 18 months in French oak barrels - New barrels: 70%
SECOND WINE Echo de Lynch-Bages