Lynch Bages 2011

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPauillac
ColourRed
TypeStill

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Tasting Notes

The medium-bodied 2011 Lynch Bages possesses a saturated ruby/purple color as well as beautiful creme de cassis notes, a generous, concentrated, well-made, medium to full-bodied style and supple tannins. A successful effort in 2011, it should be drinkable in 3-4 years and last for 15+. It is a sleeper of the vintage. Drink 2017-2032.

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014

Another strong effort produced under the administration of Jean-Charles Cazes (the son of Jean-Michel Cazes, who spent decades building Lynch Bages into one of the most popular Bordeaux estates), the 2011 boasts an inky/purple hue in addition to copious aromas of black currants, incense, forest floor and ink. Deep, rich, medium to full-bodied and layered with supple tannins as well as the vintage-s freshness and vibrancy, it should age easily for 20 years.

Score: 90/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

The 2011 Lynch Bages is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot raised in 75% new oak. It has an elegant, understated bouquet compared to its peers, with pure blackberry and cedar aromas, linear and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a gentle but firm grip, with a harmonious crisp quintessential Pauillac finish with graphite lingering on the aftertaste. This is a stylish Lynch Bages, born to be drunk and enjoyed. Tasted April 2012.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012

A dense, chewy wine for the vintage, with plum, currant and blackberry character. Full body, polished tannic texture and a bright finish. Very pretty indeed. This needs time to soften. Try in 2019.

Score: 93James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014

This is quite wonderful with a beautiful balance of ultra-fine tannins and pretty fruits from currant to blueberries. Full-bodied. Delicious to taste. Deft winemaking here for the vintage.

Score: 93/94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012

There is a lot of power on the nose with black cherry and cassis to the fore. The palate has depth of flavour structure from the firm tannins the fruit enriched by liquorice and coffee. Towards the back there is richness of fruit but enough bilberry and bramble freshness to give an elegant twist to the finish.

Score: 92/94Derek Smedley MW, April 2012

Like Pontet-Canet, this is a château that continues to make a mockery of the 1855 classification. There's much more Merlot in the blend than usual because it suffered less from the drought than the other varieties, according to Jérôme Le Roux, and 75% new oak because of the "tannic structure". The result is a rich, hedonistic red blend, bursting with blackcurrant and liquorice flavours and dense, yet supple tannins. 10+ years.

Score: 95Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012

Lynch Bages is one of the most popular and reliable Châteaux of Bordeaux. Release prices of this classic Pauillac are usually modest compared to those that consumers are happy to pay for mature vintages. This much-loved Chateau consistently makes one of our most demanded and biggest selling wines and we are fortunate to have an excellent relationship with the Cazes family and good allocations which we have built up over many years. A wine to buy en primeur every year. If you are thinking of only buying a few cases en primeur then Lynch Bages should always be one of them. Jean-Michel Cazes' son Jean-Charles is now in charge here and recent vintages have been really outstanding. 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Aged in 75% new oak. This has a really black colour and an intense nose of sweet ripe cassis, raising, and cigar box. Stylistically it is reminiscent of Mouton Rothschild. Big, grippy, tarry and seriously built. This is classic Lynch Bages. Strapping stuff, really powerful and stacked with some firm tannins. Set to be a long term classic claret. This is like the 1996 Lynch Bages but better.

In 2011, Lynch Bages has clearly made one of Pauillac's finest wines that, for us, showed better than Lafite. One of the very best wines of the vintage.

Score: 17Farr Vintners, March 2012

Fine density of blackcurrant Cabernet fruit, very good natural richness and very ripe tannins. Drink 2016-2030.

Score: 17Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2012

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