Folks, we're very excited about this new arrival. 98 points from Robert Parker, 97 points from James Suckling.
Chateau Lynch-bages a 5ème Cru Classé, is one of the best-known Médoc estates, and also one of the best from the Pauillac AOP, which combines exceptional climatic and geological conditions for producing one of the greatest wines. The 2018 Lynch-Bages is a classic Bordeaux blend. Coming from the left bank, the dominant grape is Cabernet Sauvignon with a 72%. It also has 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.
It’s a seductive, surprisingly soft and accessible wine with a deep ruby/purple color, lots of crème de cassis, cedar wood and forest floor notes. Medium to full body, ripe tannins and a long fleshy finish. It's perfect to drink when young but, when it fully matures, it develops a succulent richness.
As OZ Clarke says, “Lynch- Bage is impressive at five years, beautiful at ten years and irresistible at twenty”.
Perfect to drink between 2025 and 2050.
Lynch- Bages is a family vineyard, owned by Jean Charles Cazes since 1939. Before that, he was a baker's apprentice, but the bakery where he worked was destroyed in a fire in 1924. The then owner of Lynch-Bages offered him a lease on the vineyard and in 1939 he purchased the chateau. It has been in the family since then. Now the chateau is managed by his grandson Jean Michaels Cazes, Decanter Man of 2003. He was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Institute of Master Wine in 2011.