97+ Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Lynch Bages comes charging out of the gate with pronounced cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, mulberries and menthol notions, backed up by scents of garrigue, tilled soil and a waft of tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, rich and fantastically concentrated, the generous fruit is superbly framed by firm, ripe, grainy tannins with tons of pepper, cinnamon and cloves layers coming through on the finish. Truly, a legendary Lynch Bages!
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
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."
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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