Chateau Lynch Bages

Review of the Estate

Château Lynch-Bages is a winery in the Pauillac appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. Château Lynch-Bages is also the name of the red wine produced by this property. The wine produced here was classified as one of eighteen Cinquièmes Crus (Fifth Growths) in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

Thomas Lynch was a descendant of the Tribes of Galway. His father John emigrated in 1691 from Galway, Ireland to Bordeaux, inherited an estate in the village of Bages through his wife, Elizabeth, in 1749. This year represents the foundation of Château Lynch-Bages, which Thomas passed on to his son, Jean-Baptiste, upon his marriage in 1779. Jean-Baptiste soon handed over supervision to his brother Michel who maintained responsibility for the Bages estate until 1824, when the family sold it to a Swiss wine merchant, Sebastien Jurine, who had recently moved to Bordeaux.

Château Lynch Bages remained in the hands of the Jurine family, followed by the Cayrou family, for over a hundred years. In 1934, Jean-Charles Cazes rented the property from its then owner, Felix de Vial, subsequently purchasing it in 1938. After Jean-Charles Cazes' death, aged 95, in 1972, the estate has been largely managed by his grandson, Jean-Michel Cazes.

In the late 1980s, the AXA Millésimes group began to develop a portfolio of wine property holdings, and approached Jean-Michel Cazes for help (Claude Bébéar, the AXA President, was a long-time Cazes family friend). They established Châteaux & Associés, which Cazes ran until he reached 65, and which by the end of the twentieth century owned many vineyards across Europe. Ownership of Château Lynch-Bages, however, remains with the Cazes family.

The 90 hectares (220 acres) of Château Lynch Bages are located just outside of the town of Pauillac. The vineyard occupies a gravel ridge looking down over the Gironde estuary. The well-drained soil consists mainly of deep gravel beds over a limestone sub-strata, and it is planted predominantly with red wine grape varieties There is also a small (approximately 4.5 ha (11 acres)) plot planted with white varieties (40% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon blanc and 20% Muscadelle) Château Lynch-Bages is primarily known for its eponymous red wine. The malolactic fermentation takes place mainly in large stainless steel tanks, and the wine then spends about 15 months in oak barrels (of which some 50-60% are new) before bottling.

As of 2008, the second label of Lynch-Bages will be called, "Echo de Lynch-Bages". A third wine has now been added, called "Pauillac de Lynch-Bages".

 

Vineyard

Surface area: 222 acres

Grape Varieties: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot

Average age of vines: 30 years

Density of plantation: 9,000 vines per hectare

Average yields: 50 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 35,000 per year

Plateau of maturity: 6-25 years

 

Chateau Lynch Bages Performance History Graph

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Lynch Bages Performance History Graph

Chateau Lynch Bages Wine List

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Wine

Point Score

Chateau Lynch Bages 1990 94
Chateau Lynch Bages 1991 86
Chateau Lynch Bages 1992 86
Chateau Lynch Bages 1993 86
Chateau Lynch Bages 1994 88
Chateau Lynch Bages 1995 89+
Chateau Lynch Bages 1996 93
Chateau Lynch Bages 1997 86
Chateau Lynch Bages 1998 87
Chateau Lynch Bages 1999 90
Chateau Lynch Bages 2000 97
Chateau Lynch Bages 2001 88
Chateau Lynch Bages 2002 87
Chateau Lynch Bages 2003 95
Chateau Lynch Bages 2004 87
Chateau Lynch Bages 2005 94+
Chateau Lynch Bages 2006 94
Chateau Lynch Bages 2007 88
Chateau Lynch Bages 2008 93
Chateau Lynch Bages 2009 98
Chateau Lynch Bages 2010 96
Chateau Lynch Bages 2011 95

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