Peter Maude Fine Wines
2021, Château Lynch Bages, PAUILLAC, 1ère Grand Cru Classé
$216.20 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
This much-loved château, owned by the Cazes family for nearly a century. Jean-Michel Cazes' son, Jean-Charles, is now in charge and recent vintages have been amongst the best ever. A new state of the art winery was completed in 2020.
This is impressive, reduction on the first nose but it clears to show gentle smoked oak, bitter cocoa beans and liqourice, giving balance the the fresh acidities that stud the blackberry and raspberry fruits. This is powerful, with a structure that feels similar to the 2014 or the 2008 - a little subdued and austere, but with ageing potential. One of the best in Pauillac, finishing up with chewy tannins. 94 Jane Anson.
The 2021 Lynch-Bages, picked at 34hL/ha and matured in 75% new oak for a planned 18 months, has an outstanding bouquet, beautifully-defined and sensual, a mixture of black and blueberry fruit, very fragrant. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, good body and density, quite precise with a tensile finish. This fans out nicely on the finish. A very classy Lynch Bages with echoes of Jean-Michel Cazes' classics from the late eighties. 94-96 Neal Martin.
The second vintage vinified in the Cazes family's new winery, the 2021 Lynch-Bages unwinds in the glass with aromas of minty cassis, sweet berries, loamy soil, black truffle and cigar wrapper, framed by nicely integrated new oak. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and muscular, it's a serious, layered, powerful, youthfully structured wine that will come together beautifully with maturation in barrel.
93-95 William Kelley, Wine Advocate.
This is a deep, vertical wine, the cassis fruit flecked with tones of graphite, wood spice and tobacco. There is a focus to the fruit here - there is not the blockbuster power of the past three vintages, this is rather a driven, intense, tightly coiled wine that will reward patience. 94-97 Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners.
A really characterful and expressive Pauillac where the tannins and acidity perfectly compliment each other with the muscular and concentrated fruit also giving a multi-faceted dimension. 95 Georgina Hindle, Decanter.