This morning Lynch Bages 2018 has released at £1,068 per case of 12, or £534 per six. It is one of the finest Lynch Bages ever made, awarded 96-98 from Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate, 97-98 from James Suckling and 96-98+ from Jeb Dunnuck. This places it firmly in the pantheon of great Lynch Bages vintages. It is one of the biggest, most muscular and powerful Grand Cru wines ever made with a IPT index score of 95, which relates to the amount of tannin and Dunnuck posits ‘it’s going to live for just about forever’. He is right, it is a Lynch Bages for the ages, a future legend, set to surpass the 97+ scoring 2016 which trades at £1,120, the 96 scoring 2010, which trades at £1,250 and the 92 scoring 2005 which trades at £1,350. Indeed the 2018 seems set to challenge and perhaps surpass the 98 scoring 2009, which also trades at £1,350, while the 97 scoring 2000 trades at £2,100 per case of 12. In the context of great Lynch Bages vintages, today’s release price does offer a discount on release. Indeed, with a reduction in en primeur distribution of 40% in 2018, it will be a sell out in Lynch by this afternoon. It is a must own Lynch Bages for Lynch lovers, while offering a 15% discount to the leading vintages since 2005 and 23% if one includes 2000.
Lynch Bages rises perennially from barrel to bottle, due to its global acclaim, it has a strong traditional market in old Europe and the US. It was one of the earliest Bordeaux wines exported to Hong Kong; since 1989 it has been served in the First Class cabin of Cathay Pacific Airlines, the international flag carrier of Hong Kong. Jean-Michel Cazes was one of the first proprietors to promote Bordeaux wines in Asia, travelling there for 20 years and cementing Lynch Bages’ brand globally.
Lynch Bages is situated in the small sub-village of Bages, a wonderfully picturesque setting which contains their hotel and museum, as well as a delightful square; this is certainly one to visit. High on the west hill of the Pauillac region, the 90 hectares of vines are planted on deep gravel beds covered with limestone. Lynch Bages, originally classified as a Fifth Growth, is arguably the most dominant member of the Super Seconds. It is known for combining powerful rich tannins with tobacco and cedar; it takes years in the bottle to exhibit its true splendour, with top vintages capable of ageing for 30-50 years.
In addition to Lynch Bages 2018 being a future great, their second wine Echo de Lynch Bages is one of the finest ever made. The rich tannin, fruit purity and power are inherited by Echo. This view is reiterated by The Wine Advocate, who award it its highest ever, with 90-92+ points, while James Suckling adorns it with 93-94. This is a must own Echo which priced at £350 per case of 12 or, £175 per six offers access to the estate’s splendour and power at under £30 a bottle.
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