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Lynch Bages 2019

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

Lynch Bages is one of the most popular and reliable Châteaux of Bordeaux. Release prices of this archetypal and significant Pauillac (100 hectares)are usually modest compared to those that consumers are happy to pay for mature vintages. This much-loved Chateau, owned by the Cazes family for nearly a century, consistently makes one of our most demanded and biggest selling wines. Jean-Michel Cazes' son, Jean-Charles, is now in charge and recent vintages have been amongst the best ever. Classic Pauillac is made here with cassis fruit, a touch of mint and cigar box aromas. The second wine is now labelled "Echo de Lynch", replacing Haut Bages Averous. The Cazes family recently added near neighbour Haut Batailley to their portfolio but this will be kept separate from Lynch Bages.

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2019Lynch Bages NewHV1 \ 0241,200.002495/97 NM24133.3333333333397.0095.00Lynch Bages0.37510
Bordeaux2019Lynch Bages Recommended NewBT1 \ 0121,180.001295/97 NM12131.1111106666797.0095.00Lynch Bages0.7510
Bordeaux2019Lynch Bages RecommendedBT61 \ 06590.00695/97 NM6131.1111106666797.0095.00Lynch Bages0.7510
Bordeaux2019Lynch Bages

3 Bottle OWC

BT0 \ 3398.33bt95/97 NM3131.1111106666797.0095.00Lynch Bages0.7510
Bordeaux2019Lynch Bages NewMG1 \ 061,180.00695/97 NM6131.1111106666797.0095.00Lynch Bages1.510
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Tasting Notes

The 2019 Lynch-Bages is intense on the nose with layers of blackberry, bilberry, cedar, pencil shavings and light mint aromas defining it as a Pauillac. Very focused and I noticed it gaining delineation with aeration. The palate is very smooth and harmonious, the acidity perfectly pitched with a gentle but insistent grip. It reminds me of the superlative 2016 in some ways, effortless on the lightly spiced finish. This has huge potential. They should build a new winery to celebrate! 2026 - 2060.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

Displaying a deep garnet-purple color, the 2019 Lynch-Bages needs a little coaxing to awaken its alluring scents of blackcurrant pastilles, warm black cherries, boysenberries and baker’s chocolate plus nuances of lilacs, forest floor, iron ore and charcoal with a spicy touch of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with ripe, rich black fruit layers, framed by firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and earthy. It is incredibly exciting how the personality of Lynch-Bages has been gaining focus and depth over the last 10-15 years, thanks in part to what appears to be efforts to sustain the mid-palate with just a tad more ripeness while taming and refining the tannins, allowing all these beautiful nuances among what wants to be a powerful fruit core to really shine through. This 2019 is an extraordinary expression and one that I suspect may well reveal even more layers by the time it’s bottled. 2025 - 2055

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (July Week ), July 2020

A tight and very focused young red with redcurrant, tile and blackberry undertones. Lead pencil, too. It’s full-bodied with very polished, creamy tannins and lots of intense dark fruit. Compact fruit and tannins. Structured.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020

The 2019 Lynch Bages is stunning. Rich, ample and dramatic, the 2019 possesses tremendous richness and an intensity that builds all the way through to the finish. Inky red and purplish fruit, new leather, cedar and blueberry are all pushed forward here. Vibrant and expansive from the very first taste, with tremendous saline energy backing it all up, Lynch Bages is pure magic in 2019. Wow. Don't miss it!

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot.
Black almost to the rim. So dark the aroma is quite subdued but there's cassis and rocky purity. Extremely firm, thick, compact. A wall of tannins now, almost impassable, but there's a sense of balance, and a need for great patience. (JH) 14.5%
Drink 2030 – 2045

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, December 2021
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The 2019 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 3% each of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Saturated purple in the glass. The nose is sweet and powerful with black fruit, pencil shavings, cedar and coffee. There is such evident power to the aroma that brings great anticipation to the palate. This power is duly delivered, with a huge core of black fruit and chewy, mouthcoating tannins - this wine will need real patience but will doubtless be one of the longest-lived of the vintage. Set against the muscular texture come waves of peppery, ripe black fruit - cassis, kirsch, blackberry and dark cherry. The balance is exquisite. Despite the richness of both fruit and tannin there is real energy. Layers of spice continue to build to a very long and expansive finish. Outstanding.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, November 2021

The 2019 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 3% each of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The wine will be aged for 18 months in 70% new French oak, and has an abv of 14%. Harvest began on 23rd September with Merlot and ended with the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot on 9th October. Very deep, saturated purple in colour. The nose is rich and brooding, full of cassis, graphite, cedar and bitter cocoa. The palate has spectacular drive, with intense and focused cassis fruit at the core. The tannins are bold, mouthcoating and very grippy but fully ripe. They match the great density of the fruit, adding great depth. Layer upon layer of fruit and spice build to a spectacular, muscular finish that is extremely long and perfectly balanced. A true vin de garde that will be one of the longest lived in 2019. Outstanding.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

Plenty of fierce Pauillac tannins here, this has grip and character, full of black chocolate and smoked earth. Needs the full ten years before the nuances will be fully revealed, but the construction and the precision are already of full display. Confident blackberry, cassis, bilberry fruits, smoked cedar and crushed mint leaf, moving slowly but surely forward through the wall of tannins. Excellent stuff from the Lynch Bages team. 75% new oak.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, January 2022

This takes hold from the first moment and powers along, delivering a ton of black brambly fruit, liquorice, grilled cedar and Pauillac confidence. The tannins are pretty chewy, really closing in on the end of play, giving no doubt that this is going to age slowly and for many decades, but there is a creaminess to the overall structure that is already evident. Drinking Window 2029 - 2046

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Barrel sample.
Big, bold and broad-shouldered. A wine that states its presence. Spicy, dark-fruit and graphite nose. Juicy and wholesome on the palate with layers of generous fruit and muscle-flexing tannin. All tight and contained. Long, dry finish. (JL)
Drink 2030 – 2050

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020
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