Chateau Lynch Bages GCC 2013
About Château Lynch-Bages
Château Lynch-Bages is one of eighteen Cinquièmes Crus (Fifth Growths) in the famous 1855 Classification. This noble estate in the heart of one of the grandest appellations on Earth has always been, and will always be, an exceptional piece of land for the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon in particular. Despite this natural proclivity for excellence, it was around the turn of the millennium that the transcendently nuanced layers of blackberry, tobacco, cedar and minerally slate began to emerge triumphantly from wine-stained glasses with delightful predictability vintage-after-vintage.
Situated on the outskirts of Pauillac, overlooking the Gironde estuary, the Lynch-Bages vineyard (1855 Grand Cru Classé) stretches over a beautiful gravelly hilltop. Formerly owned by the illustrious Lynch family, of Irish descent, the estate was acquired by the Cazes family in 1939.
The 2020 vintage marks a turning point in the history of Château Lynch-Bages : the first to be processed in our new winery, designed by American architect Chien Chung Pei.
Award and rating
Wine Advocate 89-91
Cropped at 31hl/ha, a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, Jean-Charles Cazes told me that it was one of the shortest harvests because of the low yields between 1 and 12 October. The bouquet is has a pure floral bouquet that is quite Margaux-like in style. It is well defined with touches of crème de cassis and blueberry. The palate is medium-bodied with a rounded, quite succulent entry. The acidity is nicely judge and there is a cohesive finish that feels long and tender in the mouth. There is palpable linearity present here in keeping with the vintage, but there is also commendable length. Tasted April 2014.
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