Château Lynch-Bages 2017 - A.O.C Pauillac
 
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93.1 sur 100 based on 8 Average rating of the Experts
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Experts Reviews

91-93/100
Score dans le Guide Parker
Robert Parker
18/20
Score de la RVF
RVF
94/100
Score de Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator
95-96/100
Score de James Suckling
James Suckling
17/20
Score de Jancis Robinson
Jancis Robinson
95/
Score de Decanter
Decanter
92-95/
Score de vinous
Vinous
92-94/
Score de Jeb Dunnuck
Jeb Dunnuck

The 2017 Lynch Bages is a barrel sample blended of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Very deep purple-black in color, it leaps from the glass with energetic crushed black cherries, black plums and blackcurrants scents plus underlying notions of baking spices, underbrush, unsmoked cigars and fragrant earth. Medium-bodied, the palate offers a well-sustained mid-palate and firm frame of grainy tannins with loads of freshness and minerality on the long finish.
91-93
points on 100
This leans toward the austere side of Pauillac, with a slightly bracing iron and chalk frame around a core of red and black currant fruit, liberally laced with savory and cedar notes. Exhibits ample length and cut, showing really pure and beautifully defined currant flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2024 through 2040.
94
points on 100
This is an excellent Lynch that starts off slowly and then drives at the end with dark fruit and hints of hazelnuts. Strong and focused tannins. A beautiful young wine.
95-96
points on 100
They've had their foot on the extraction pedal here, but the extremely dark fruit has great finesse. It is broad-shouldered and savoury-edged, and each time I tasted this wine it seemed a little richer and more complete, over-delivering for the year. This is going to age extremely well. 2% Petit Verdot makes up the blend. 75% new oak.
95
points on 100
Deepest crimson. Lovely classic aroma of cassis and graphite with an attractive dusty/mineral overlay. Deep and still elegant, with refined dark fruit, super-fine tannins and a long harmonious finish. Shapely and elegant.
17
points on 20
Difficile de résister au charme de ce 2017 à la bouche flamboyante, croquante à souhait et qui délivre des flots de notes fruitées. La finale, bien posée, laisse une belle sensation fraîche. Un régal.
18
points on 20
The 2017 Lynch-Bages is a wine of impeccable balance and class. Deep, fleshy and inviting, the 2017 should be ready to deliver pleasure with minimal cellaring. All of the Lynch-Bages signatures come through in a very pretty, deceptively medium-bodied wine loaded with personality. Lynch-Bages is never a huge wine, but like most of his colleagues, proprietor Jean-Michel Cazes opted for especially delicate extractions.
92-95
points on 100
The 2017 Lynch Bages is beautifully done and has an upfront, charming, yet concentrated style. Crème de cassis, graphite, crushed rocks, and plenty of spice characteristics give way to a medium to full-bodied Pauillac that has beautifully ripe tannin, solid mid-palate depth, and notable purity of fruit. It’s not massive but just sings for its purity, balance, and expansive texture.
92-94
points on 100

Description

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.





Terroir

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.





Expertise

Winemaking


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.


Blending

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
    Pauillac
  • 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 2024 and 2038
  • Wine apogee
    2031
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature
    16.5-18°

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.

Pauillac

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.