This wine's 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 wines 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.
The Château also produces a second wine called 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. Echo is an excellent introduction to the Lynch-Bages and Pauillac style. Lighter 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 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.
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.