Situated at the entrance of Pauillac, Château Lynch Bages is an estate that has left its mark on the history of the Médoc wine region. Although the terroir of Bages has been known since the 16th century, it wasn’t until the 18th century that it gained its recognition. With the son of an Irish citizen named Thomas Lynch at the helm, the Bages wine was recognised at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. Château Lynch-Bages became part of the J-M Cazes family on the eve of the Second World War and is one of the finest references among the fine Pauillac wines.
Constantly seeking excellence and innovation, Château Lynch-Bages carried out a new plot division in 2006, breaking down 90 original plots used for the production of wine into 180 to 200 sub-plots.
Château Lynch-Bages looks after a 100-hectare vineyard that rests on Pauillac's typical Garonne gravel.
The winter was mild and particularly rainy, which replenished the soil's water reserves. Although the alternation between hot days and rainy spells during spring led to pressures regarding the vineyard’s health, the beginning of the summer was very mild. The vine’s development was slowed down by the cool temperatures in August, which enabled the grapes to develop a good level of acidity. The harvest took place under ideal weather conditions.
Vinification and ageing
The hand-picked grapes are rigorously sorted in the vineyard. The wine is aged for 18 months in oak barrels, 75% of which are new.
Cabernet Sauvignon (69%)
Cabernet Franc (3%)
Petit Verdot (2%).
This wine showcases a deep colour.
The nose combines fruity fragrances with subtle woody notes.
Rich and smooth, the palate is seduced by this wine’s silky tannins along with its power and its exceptional freshness. Throughout the tasting experience, the palate reveals a perfect balance, which guarantees a promising ageing potential.
The 2014 Lynch Bages was actually similar to the 2014 Pichon Baron on the nose: tight and surly at first, demanding a lot of coaxing from the glass. It eventually opens up with a mixture of red and black fruit, cedar and tobacco, gaining more harmony and intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite linear and focused at the moment, precise if just needing a little more body and depth to evolve on the straight-laced finish. Give this Pauillac 4-5 years in bottle and it is likely to repay you.