Echo is the second wine of Lynch Bages. It is the result of a selection of Lynch-Bages' youngest vines and specific plots which represent between 25 to 40 % of the harvest depending on the vintage. Echo has slightly more Merlot than the Grand Vin and is aged in one year old casks.
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.
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