Château Lynch Bages 2009

Bordeaux
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£115.00 per bottle
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Performing even better from bottle than it did from barrel, this appears to be the finest Lynch Bages since the 2000, 1990 and 1989. According to the chateau, the 2009 has the highest level of polyphenols ever measured as well as high alcohol (nearly 13.5%). A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest largely Merlot with touches of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it is an expressive, voluptuously textured effort with unctuosity and powerful, juicy, succulent blackberry and black currant flavors, low acids, a layered, massive mouthfeel, but no sense of heaviness or fatigue. This exquisite Lynch Bages should drink well for 30+ years.

Taste & Aroma

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Performing even better from bottle than it did from barrel, this appears to be the finest Lynch Bages since the 2000, 1990 and 1989. According to the chateau, the 2009 has the highest level of polyphenols ever measured as well as high alcohol (nearly 13.5%). A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest largely Merlot with touches of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it is an expressive, voluptuously textured effort with unctuosity and powerful, juicy, succulent blackberry and black currant flavors, low acids, a layered, massive mouthfeel, but no sense of heaviness or fatigue. This exquisite Lynch Bages should drink well for 30+ years.

Robert Parker on Feb 1st, 2012

Producer

Set in the Pauillac appellation of Bordeaux sits Château Lynch-Bages. Jean-Charles Cazes, (a baker-turned-bank-clerk from Bordeaux) took lease on a vineyard from the owner of Lynch-Bages in 1933. In 1939 he bought the château and the rest is history - it has been in the Cazes family ever since. Jean-Charles Cazes’ great-grandson, (also Jean-Charles) now heads up the estate. Although Lynch Bages is known predominately for its red wines, since 1990 the château has also produced a white wine, Blanc de Lynch Bages which is a blend of sauvignon blanc, semillon and muscadelle. The second label of Lynch-Bages is now called Echo de Lynch-Bages, however it was formerly known as Haut Bages Averous. A third wine has now been added, called "Pauillac de Lynch-Bages". Talking of Château Lynch Bages, Oz Clarke says "Lynch Bages is impressive at five years, beautiful at ten years and irresistible at twenty."

Region

Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand. 

Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.

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