Château Lynch-Bages 2018 - A.O.C Pauillac
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Composed of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Lynch-Bages was aged in 75% new barriques. Deep garnet-purple in color, it soars out of the glass with a magnificently expressive nose of blueberry compote, black cherry preserves and blackcurrant pastilles, plus suggestions of dark chocolate, licorice, tar and violets with a waft of hoisin. The medium to full-bodied palate is just as impactful as the nose, coating the mouth with juicy black berry and spicy layers, supported by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long with a refreshing earthiness coming through at the end.
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This vintage shows the elegant side of a typically powerful wine. It offers dense black fruits that are balanced by the stylish wood aging and bold tannins. This impressive wine is likely to age well.
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Vibrant, with a violet and cassis lead-in that then expands to include steeped black cherry and plum fruit as well as extra savory, iron and licorice root notes. Nice latent grip too, with a mouthwatering tug of earth at the very end. The fruit is so vibrant, it's a tease now, but there's structure here for the long haul, so be patient. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2025 through 2040.
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This is incredibly powerful and structured with so much tannin backbone and length, yet it’s cool and fresh with a compact palate and great length. Muscular.
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Un des vins les plus flamboyants de l’appellation. Le fruit est explosif, la bouche est tout en saveurs et le palais est tapissé par les beaux tanins. Impressionnant de gourmandise.
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La robe est noire avec un nez, comme d’habitude, de fruits noirs. Le vin est souple et relativement frais qui masque son moelleux habituel, la finale est très tannique, les tannins sont mûrs mais un peu raidis par la fraîcheur. Vendanges du 29 septembre au 9 octobre. Le vin est élaboré avec 72 % cabernet-sauvignon, 19 % merlot, 6 % cabernet-franc et 3 % petit-verdot. Il titre un degré d’alcool de plus qu’en 2017 (14,1° au lieu de 13,1).
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History of the Château Lynch-Bages

From Cru de Lynch to Lynch-Bages

The history of Lynch-Bages, situated in the lands of "Batges" at the entrance to Pauillac, is emblematic of the Médoc region.

Thomas Lynch and the ''Cru de Lynch''

Although there are records of the Bages territory as far back as the 16th century, the history of wine production in the area really began in the 18th century. From 1749 to 1824, the vineyard was owned by Thomas Lynch, the son of an Irishman from Galway who worked as a merchant in Bordeaux. Thomas Lynch managed the land wisely and produced high quality wines under the name of ''Cru de Lynch''. As part of the prestigious 1855 Classification, for the Exposition Universelle de Paris, his wine would soon be classified as one of the fifth growths.

''Lou Janou'', the Montagnol

Later on, Jean ''Lou Janou'' Cazes, a ''Montagnol'' (a term used to describe farmers from the austere upper valleys of Ariège), came to the Médoc to earn a living. In the 1930's, General Félix de Vial, a descendant of the Cayrou family, leased the vineyard to Jean-Charles Cazes, the son of ''Lou Janou'' and a farmer at Château Ormes de Pez in Saint-Estèphe. Cazes went on to purchase both properties in the wake of World War II. Lynch-Bages has been run by the Cazes family ever since.

The old vat-house and its testimony to the past

Lynch-Bages' old vat-house represents a rare example of traditional winemaking equipment the Médoc area. Its slatted flooring which introduced the advantages of gravitational design now used in modern vat-houses, was invented by Skawinski in 1850.

The extraordinary hard work of the winemakers

Back then, grapes were transported in a cart pulled by horses and then being lifted by crane and emptied into a wooden tank on wheels and tracks. One or two winemakers inside the tank then crushed the grapes, making the juice flow out through openings into vats on either side. A rope-pulley-bucket system and no less than six workers were then required to remove the leftover grape skins from the fermentation vat.

These remarkable winemakers had a hard and quite dangerous job. The last of them was the exemplary Xavier Tibur, who ended his career at Lynch-Bages in 1975. The old Lynch-Bages vat-house is open for visits and will transport you to another era.


Lynch-Bages in the Pauillac appellation

In the heart of the Médoc on the banks of the estuary, Pauillac (Gironde, France) has been the true birthplace of Grand Cru Classé wines since 1855. The Lynch-Bages vineyards are planted across 100 hectares in the region.
Its enjoys a mild climate, homogeneous geology and a topography of well-defined outcrops in the South and South-West of the town. These factors all contribute to bringing Lynch-Bages' soils their warmth and excellent natural drainage towards the river which ensures optimum water supply to the vines.

Elegant Cabernet Sauvignon has found its kingdom

Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, Merlot in some parcels on the banks of the river and in the South of the Chenal du Gaët, or Cabernet Franc. An analysis of Lynch-Bages' soils has allowed us to define an optimal planting ratio. The average age for vines is 30 years with some being as old as 60.

The Pauillac appellation's reputation for quality

With three out of four of the Médoc's Premier Grand Cru Classé wines, the Pauillac appellation's reputation is only at times matched by its famous châteaux. Pauillac wines are rich, dense, deep and develop highly refined flavours and aromas over time. They reveal a broad aromatic palate and finely textured tannins.

« If we had to classify the Bordeaux communes, Pauillac would certainly come out on top. Pauillac wines combine soft, fresh fruit with oak, dryness, subtlety and structure, a hint of cedar and tobacco and an inkling of smoothness underpinned by strength. Wine lovers consider them to be the perfect example of their ideal wine. »
Hugh Johnson - World Atlas of Wine

Classification and the Paris World Fair

In 1855, Napoléon III asked the brokers and merchants affiliated with the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce to establish a classification that would be presented at the Exposition Universelle de Paris (World Fair). Ever since, this reference list represents a hierarchy of wine domaines as well as a hommage to the region's history and a commercial benchmark. The legendary ''Grand Cru Classé en 1855'' is the only one of its kind in the world.



At Lynch-Bages, although the key stages take place in the vineyard with Franck Debrais and his team, the utmost care and attention is given to all stages of the winemaking process, from the sorting of the grapes in the vineyard up until their fining in the calm and dimmed environment of the cellars.

In techno veritas

Under the responsibility of Nicolas Labenne, a team of 35 people are involved in the daily monitoring of the Lynch-Bages vineyards. The structuring of the vineyards has undergone remarkable improvements since 2006 with the use of satellite technology combined with surveys on soil quality. This improved attention ensures the preservation of Lynch-Bages' genetic winemaking heritage and has allowed us to establish a precise mapping and re-structuring of vine parcels in order to preserve, enhance and develop the specific nature of each terroir.

Human hands and technical progress

With support from cutting-edge technology for real-time supervision and analysis, human hands orchestrate harvests and vinification according to grape varieties, ripeness levels and terroir. The aim is to construct individual personalities for each parcel. Once the alcoholic fermentation is complete, the wines are drawn from the vats using the phenolic potential of each vat.


Following the processes of maceration, drawing off, pressing and malolactic fermentation, blending then takes place in December. The complex composition of this fine wine varies from one year to the next depending on the parcels' behaviour in relation to the climatic conditions of the vintage. A panel of experts chaired by Jean-Charles Cazes and the Lynch-Bages technical team (Daniel Llose, Nicolas Labenne and Jérôme Le Roux) then develop and define the blend with outstanding cellaring potential that makes this fine Lynch-Bages wine.

Barrelling and the ageing process

The first and second wines from Lynch-Bages are drawn off into split stave-wood oak barrels with optimum aromatic capacity, made by reputed barrel-makers, before being aged in our cellars. Before being enjoyed, they are required to rest for a period of time in order to soften out and fully integrate the aromas imparted from the oak. The winemaker's skilled craft involves regular racking and fining for harmonisation before the wines are bottled at the château and aged.

Integrated cultural winemaking practices

Lynch-Bages has implemented a series of measures that aim to reduce the impact of winemaking on the environment. These include cover crops, soil maintenance, environmental selection of products, the use of sexual confusion capsules (to protect against the Cochylys and Eudemis vine moths), mass selection of Petit Verdot and the use of wastewater treatment process.

The power and elegance of a great Pauillac

Daring, innovative and with a reputation for often being the last to harvest, Jean-Charles Cazes defined the style of Lynch-Bages in the 1930's. The wine's distinctive character has earned it a place amongst Pauillac's greatest. It combines structure, finesse and elegance, offering generous aromas in its youth and developing deeper complexities with bottle age.

Outstandingly consistent quality

The estate’s reputation as a top quality wine producer took off in 1945 after a series of exceptional vintages. Since then, Lynch-Bages has continued to produce excellent wines, even during years considered difficult in the Bordeaux region. The wine’s deep colour and tannic backbone have become part of its signature style. Jean-Michel Cazes, grandson of Jean-Charles, has worked hard to develop and refine the wine’s supple and smooth structure over the years. Vintage after vintage, the estate’s precise and excellent winemaking techniques have served to firmly establish Lynch-Bages reputation for consistent quality.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Lynch-Bages
  • Type of wine
    Fifth Classified Growth
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    81 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    45 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    75% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2028 and 2052
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Pauillac is made with a vineyard that has an area of 81 hectares by Château Lynch-Bages. The average age of the vines is 45 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 18 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 75% of new barrels.


The Pauillac appellation is located on the left bank of the Gironde and brings together exceptional climatic and geological conditions, which allows it to produce very great wines. Capital of the Médoc viticole, the port city of Pauillac gave its name to the appellation. The AOC can boast of having three wines in the first five classified growths of 1855: Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. On its 1,200 ha of vines, Pauillac produces 54,000 hl of red wines each year. Note that Mouton-Rothschild also produces a white wine.
Pauillac is a jewel of the Médoc, it indeed has 18 classified growths which represent 85% of its production. Perched on a beautiful rump of gravels, its terroir is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon assembled with Merlot and to a lesser extent with Petit Verdot and Malbec.