With the first week of En Primeur drawing to close one of the best wines this week in our opinion is Lynch Bages which has one of the strongest global brands.
Lynch Bages released yesterday 13% less than the 2011 release price and 13.5% less than 2007′s current trading price. So far it is the only chateau to offer value for money when compared to older vintages. For example 2007 which only scored 88 Parker Points is priced on average at £800 a case, whereas 2012, a far superior wine is great value at £670. For us Lynch Bages was certainly one of our left bank wines of the vintage.
A fruity wine for the vintage with dense tannins. Full body, with impressive structure. Long finish. Generous and attractive. I like the balance and precision for the vintage.
93-94 pts James Suckling
Typically masculine, combining dense black fruits; blackberries, blackcurrants and plum accompanied by cedar, toast, smoke and earth on the nose. On the palate it offers salacious up-front fruit supported by generous tannin and fresh acidity with excellent structure. Its long powerful finish confirms this wines potential to age. 92-93+ points IG Wines
Thomas Lynch, whose father John followed James II into exile in 1691 from Galway, Ireland, inherited an estate in the village of Bages through his wife Elizabeth in 1749. This was the year that the Château Lynch-Bages was founded and the most celebrated member of the Lynch family, Comte Jean-Baptiste Lynch was born. Jean-Baptiste was a lawyer who played a prominent role in public life in Bordeaux, he was a member and later President of the Parliament de Bordeaux and a member of the Council of 500 in the early days of the Revolution. Finally Jean-Baptiste became Mayor of Bordeaux, however, by this time Château Lynch-Bages had been given to his brother, Michel. Michel ran the estate until 1824 when the family sold to Swiss wine merchant, Sebastian Jurine.
Château Lynch-Bages remained under the ownership of the Jurine then the Cayrou families for over 100 years. In 1934 the enigmatic Jean-Charles Cazes rented the property form its owners and purchased it in 1937. Known as one of the great characters of the Médoc, Jean-Charles was famous for his love of every aspect of winemaking and commitment to Lynch-Bages. After Jean-Charles’ death aged 95 in 1972 running of the Château passed to his son André, former Mayor of Pauillac, and his grandson Jean-Michel Cazes.
Jean-Michel runs the estate to this day, after many years of building work and improvements the Château is a gleaming pristine building highly suited to making the outstanding wine synonymous with this name. Situated in the west of the Pauillac region of the Médoc,the 90 hactares of vines at Lynch-Bages are planted on deep gravel beds covered with limestone. The wine is often described as masculine and powerful, often with a strong concentration of blackcurrants and tertiary flavours of cederwood.