2011 Lynch Bages



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Average critic rating : 91.56 points

90

90

The medium-bodied 2011 Lynch Bages possesses a saturated ruby/purple color as well as beautiful creme de cassis notes, a generous, concentrated, well-made, medium to full-bodied style and supple tannins. A successful effort in 2011, it should be drinkable in 3-4 years and last for 15+. It is a sleeper of the vintage. Wine Advocate.April, 2014

90-92

90-92

The 2011 Lynch Bages is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot raised in 75% new oak. It has an elegant, understated bouquet compared to its peers, with pure blackberry and cedar aromas, linear and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a gentle but firm grip, with a harmonious crisp quintessential Pauillac finish with graphite lingering on the aftertaste. This is a stylish Lynch Bages, born to be drunk and enjoyed. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

93-94

93-94

This is quite wonderful with a beautiful balance of ultra-fine tannins and pretty fruits from currant to blueberries. Full-bodied. Delicious to taste. Deft winemaking here for the vintage. jamessuckling.com

92-95

92-95

This has nice weight and intensity, with a solid core of plum, blackberry and cassis that's offset by a racy, spicy frame. Very sleek through the finish, with latent depth in reserve. James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com

16

16

Extremely sweet dark fruit, more damson than cassis. Firm, dry, grippy tannins seem to overwhelm the fruit. Need to prize your mouth apart on the finish. Needs a lot of time and I hope the flesh will emerge. Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com

17

17

Fine density of blackcurrant Cabernet fruit, very good natural richness and very ripe tannins. Drink 2016-2030. Decanter.com

91-93

91-93

72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot are found in the blend, which reached 13.2% alcohol and will be aged in 75% new oak. Yields were 45 hectoliters per hectare. Deep in color with a perfumed filled with coffee, blackberry, chocolate and tobacco, there are ample fresh and bright cassis flavors found in the finish.theWineCellarInsider.com

90-91

90-91

This is a very dense Lynch Bages with firm, generous tannins which have been very well handled. Flavours are polished and layered with a fairly long finish. Flavours of blackberries, plums and fresh Chinese red dates mingle here. This wine will require several years for the tannins to soften but it shows good ageing potential. AsianPalate.com

17.5

17.5

The 2011 Lynch Bages has a fine nose of liqueur fruit and creme de cassis. This is a big mouthful with terrific energy and harmony. High-toned and extrovert. Perhaps finishing just a tiny bit dry but barely. Very good.



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Lynch-Bages: The Importance

Long recognised as one of the best producers in Pauillac, Château Lynch-Bages continues to impress year after year. Although classed as a Cinquième Grand Cru Classé, Robert Parker writes that “today nobody would argue that this wine’s present quality is akin to that of a second growth” and Jancis Robinson’s website adds to this that “if any Château’s positioning in the…1855 classification highlights just quite how outdated it is then Lynch-Bages…would be the one. Rated a 5th growth in 1855, it is has been for the last few decades a definite Super Second.”

 

This classification does however mean that Lynch-Bages represents the sort of good value that can be difficult to find in the Bordeaux classed growths. As Ian d’Agata writes for Vinous, Château Lynch-Bages offers “an excellent price/quality ratio, representing a very good red Bordeaux buy in many vintages.”

 

This wines truly exemplary ability to age, has meant that it has always been popular with collectors, and performs exceptionally well during En Primeur campaigns. Patience is key with a wine of this calibre, which in the best vintages will not shows its true potential until after 15-20 years of ageing, and many wines will keep for upwards of 25-30 years. This was highlighted by Oz Clarke who wrote that “Lynch-Bages is impressive at five years, beautiful at ten years and irresistible at twenty."

 

Inspiring confidence through its production of consistently excellent wine, many have reported a slight dip in the 1970s, but Lynch-Bages has since then produced highly rated wine year upon year and Neal Martin writes that “Jean-Charles Cazes has overseen some splendid wines in recent years, following in the illustrious footsteps of his father Jean-Michel”, and adds that Lynch-Bages “rarely puts a foot wrong these days.”

 

As Robert Parker writes, “Lynch-Bages has been one of the most popular and successful wines to emerge from Bordeaux” and all signs point to this wine continuing on its upwards trajectory for many years to come.

 

Lynch-Bages: The Insight

Lynch-Bages is often considered the epitome of Pauillac, of which Hugh Johnson writes that ''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.'' In that vein, Lynch-Bages produces wines which are generous and tannic, whilst retaining excellent structure and elegance.

 

Some of the best recent vintages for Lynch-Bages are 2000, 2009, 2010 and 2015, and thanks to the long life of this wine the 1982, 1990 and 1996 also come highly recommended.

 

The Château also produces a second wine called the Echo de Lynch-Bages (previously Château Haut-Bages Averous). As its name suggests, it does not carry the same weight and power as the Grand Vin, however it echoes its elegance and aromatic character. The Echo is an excellent introduction to the Lynch-Bages and Pauillac style. Lighter in style and younger drinking than its bolder older sibling, it nonetheless receives the same care and attention as the Grand Vin.

 

The white wine, which began production in 1990, is called the Blanc de Lynch-Bages and is made up of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle. The style of this wine is fresh, with the presence of new oak bringing roundness and elegance.

 

Lynch-Bages: The Background

Originally founded in the 18th century by Thomas Lynch, Château Lynch-Bages has now been owned by the Cazes family since 1939. It has stayed with them ever since, and the family has expanded their holdings to vineyards in Bordeaux (Villa Bel-Air, Les Ormes de Pez, Michel Lynch), Rhône (Domaine des Sénéchaux), Minervois (Domaine l’Ostal Cazes), Douro (Roquette & Cazes) and were involved in the setup of Tappanappa in Coonawarra. They also own the nearby luxury hotel and restaurant called Château Cordeillan-Bages.

 

The forward thinking nature of the estate can be seen from the fact that in 1986 they were one of the first châteaux to promote their wine in China, meaning that they are now one of the most established and popular brands in the Chinese wine market.



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