The 2017 Blanc de Lynch Bages is aged for 6 months in 45% new oak on the lees. It has a tightly wound bouquet at first that opens with time. Golden Delicious mixed with pear and a touch of sea spray, though I would like a little more delineation. The palate is nicely balanced with pear and nectarine notes. It needs just a tad more tension and complexity on the finish. I can’t help thinking that a partial malo would have just given another dimension here. 2019 - 2024
|Score: 87||Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2020|
The 2017 Blanc de Lynch Bages, which was slightly affected by frost, especially the Sauvignon Blanc, had been bottled the previous week. A blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 41% Sémillon and 19% Muscadelle and matured in 45% new oak, it has a fresh green apple and gooseberry scented bouquet with the Sauvignon firmly in charge. The palate is well balanced with a fine thread of acidity, touches of grapefruit, melon and pineapple leading to a slightly blank but fresh finish that will need a year in bottle to develop more personality. 2019 - 2023
|Score: 88/90||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
Lots of spiced pears and lemon rind with lemon-grass and stone undertones. Gun flint. Full body and dense, creamy texture. Phenolic. Pure with lively acidity. Really lively at the end! A blend of 41% semillon, 40% sauvignon blanc and 19% muscadelle. Drink or hold.
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020|
A dense and fresh white at the same time with cooked apples, lemon rind and minerals. Bright and vivid yet shows depth and seriousness. Phenolic and vivid. Hints of fresh herbs. Drink or hold.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
The 2017 Lynch-Bages Blanc is gorgeous. It is also quite unique, as the blend includes more Sémillon than normal as a result of frost damage to some of the Sauvignon Blanc. I admit I am not usually a fan of the Blanc here, but the 2017 is terrific.
|Score: 92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (236), May 2018|
A little grapey and floral on the nose. Creamy with strong clementine flavours on the palate. Not typically Bordeaux Blanc, perhaps, but fragrant, almost exotic. Fresh and lively. Not terribly concentrated but pretty and scented and there is some depth with the lees adding a very slight grip and a light spice on the finish, more in texture than flavour. There's a range of flavours rather than intensity.
|Score: 16||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
With some frost in the Sauvignon Blanc vines, the quantity is smaller than ever here at under 1000 cases. The blend is 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 41% Semillon and 19% Muscadelle. It was aged briefly in 45% new oak before bottling in March 2018. It will be available for delivery in September 2018. Bright and zesty on the nose with gooseberry and lemons. The palate is almost grapey, with a ripe yet tangy fruit profile and brisk acidity. This is mineral and fragrant, with a moreish approachability that should make this delicious, easy drinking from release.
|Score: 15||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
The nose has a floral fragrant fresh fruited charm the start of the palate citrus driven minty freshness. Richer in the middle and towards the back more tropical fruit in character with a fresh fruited mix giving brightness on the finish. 2020-27
|Score: 89/93||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018|
Utterly gorgeous freshness and zip, with intensity of flavour. It has a little more Sémillon than usual, due to frost affect the Sauvignon Blanc, which seems to mean the aromatics of the Muscadelle are a little more prominent than a classic Lynch Bages Blanc, adding a white flower honeysuckle lift. It is beautiful and works within the cascade of flavours, although I miss their more classic blend - they probably do too, to be fair. Already bottled. 45% new oak. Harvested 4 September to 8 September.
Drinking Window 2019 - 2030
|Score: 93||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|