Château Lynch Bages 2014 (Case 12x75cl)

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Score: 92-94

The Château Lynch Bages 2014 is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot matured in 75% new oak. Yields were a respectable 40 hectoliters per hectare, although that figure is less than Jean-Charles Cazes predicted earlier in the season. The nose is well defined with veins of graphite infusing the black fruit: quite strict for Lynch Bages, a little reserved at this early stage. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannin, racy acidity although the pH is around 3.7, linear and a little austere on the finish. This is tightly coiled at the moment, gritty in the mouth but I like the Pauillac typicité here – not a million miles away from Grand Puy Lacoste in style. This deserves respect and I suspect it will age with the style of Jean-Charles's father, who turned 80 on the day of my visit.

Neal Martin on Apr 1st, 2015

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."

Château Lynch Bages

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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