In this fantastic vertical tasting we'll discover 9 stunning vintages of the 5th growth Grand Cru Classe, Chateau Lynch-Bages. From the outstaning 1982 vintage through to 2006 the tasting will also include the exceptional 2005. Often described as a poor man's Mouton, Lynch-Bages can be surprisingly soft and approachable when young. However, when fully mature, it develops a succulent richness and a heavenly bouquet of minty blackcurrants and cigar boxes. As Oz Clarke says "Lynch Bages is impressive at five years, beautiful at ten years and irresistible at twenty."
Chateau Lynch-Bages is one of the best-known Médoc estates and has always had a particularly strong following on this side of the English Channel. Since 1973 it has been owned by the enigmatic Jean-Michel Cazes and is now run by his son, Jean-Charles. The vineyards are superbly sited on a plateau west of Pauillac town, in the small village of Bages. The 90 hectares of vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 10%)lie on deep gravel beds over limestone.
Vintages on Tasting (9):
1982 - JR 18 (£315)1989 - JR 17.5 (£240)1995 - JR 16 (£120)2000 - JR 17.5 (£200)2001 - JR 17.5 (£110)2002 - JR 15.5 (£100)2003 - JR 16 (£125)2004 - JR 16.5 (£90)2005 - JR 18 (£140)2006 - JR 16.5 (£85)Jancis Robinson on 2005: "Quite a bit of spice and richness - quite exotic - on the nose. Very thick and muscular and very much in the family of great Lynches such as 1985 and 1982. Pretty yummy. Thick and with some velvety texture. Absolutely what you would expect. Neat though not over-long finish. Very easy to like." 18/20 (July 2009)
Julia Harding (for Jancis Robinson) on 1982: "Soft garnet. Gently perfumed, even a touch of vanilla-sweet freshness. Gorgeous scent and the merest hint of development as it opens up. Elegant and juicy on the palate. Silky, dry tannins and scented with red fruit and a touch of cedar on the mid palate and a gentle dry grip on the finish. Very fine and self-contained but not hidden. Lovely balance." 18/20(April 2010)