Château Lynch Bages
Fifth Growths (Cinquièmes Crus)
20,000 - 25,000
Château Lynch-Bages is a winery in the Pauillac appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. Although the estate is ranked as a fifth growth, the wines quality rivals those in senior ranks.
The Lynch-Bages vineyard, which extends over one hundred hectares to the south and southwest of Pauillac, benefits from these conditions, allowing the different grape varieties to reach optimal maturity while preserving the finesse and elegance that characterise the terroir.
From a geological point of view, the Lynch-Bages vineyard’s soils are homogeneous, essentially made up of deep Garonne gravel, resulting from the slow erosion of the Pyrenees by the Garonne river. On top of being having high draining properties, these soils of pebbles and sands accumulate heat during the day and release it during the night, and they contribute to a moderate growth and a deep rooting of the vine.
It is said that Lynch-Bages rivals quality of the first growths and is the ‘poor mans’ Mouton.
Fact: In 1985, French astronaut Patrick Baudry took half a bottle of the 1975 vintage on board the American Discovery shuttle — making Lynch-Bages the first ever wine to enter space.
Lynch-Bages is the first wine of the estate.
These wines are consistent, and are known as a top producer in Pauillac after a string of successful vintages post 1945. Over the years the wines have gained finesse and complexity. The wine’s distinctive character has earned it a place amongst Pauillac’s greatest. Generous right from its youth, it develops structure, finesse and elegance as it matures.
Echo de Lynch-Bages is the second wine.
Back in Bordeaux… Château Haut-Bages Averous is a property in Pauillac, acquired some time ago by André Cazes. For over 30 years, it was Lynch-Bages’ second wine. In 2008, a new identity was given to the second wine, under the name “Echo de Lynch-Bages”.
Echo de Lynch-Bages displays savoury aromas of fresh red fruits. Round, mellow and seductive in its youth, its ability to age is outstanding.
Blanc de Lynch-Bages is a white wine that was released in 1990.
Blanc de Lynch-Bages was first released in 1990 and is historically one of the first white wines produced by a Grand Cru Classé in the Médoc.
The wine is made from a blend of the Bordeaux appellation’s three traditional white grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle. Approximately 75% of the juice is vinified in individually temperature-controlled barrels. As a result, the wines preserve their fresh aromas throughout the process. The wines are then stirred on lees on a regular basis and are aged for a period of six months before bottling.
Characteristic of fine Bordeaux whites, Blanc de Lynch-Bages is bright and flavorful with citrus aromas in its youth and develops harmonious floral notes with ageing.