2018 Chateau Lynch Bages, 5ème Grand Cru Classé Pauillac is now released.
Château Lynch Bages is an excellent wine which consistently outperforms its fifth growth classification and is regularly ranked in the same league as second growths. Its distinctive character has earned it a place amongst Pauillac’s greatest. The average age for vines is 30 years with some being as old as 60 and the grand vin is matured for 15 months in 60% new oak.
Up there with the 1990 and 2016 this is one of the best ever wines from Ch. Lynch Bages and with pricing lower than both of these vintages, this is an en primeur release that works for followers of the Chateau. Always quick to sell out, its very loyal following and strong brand ensure a wine that will hold its value for decades to come. The 1990 now trades at close to £4,000/ 12 bottles.
Offered for sale ‘En Primeur’ under bond. Price shown is per case (6x75cl bottles) and excludes UK duty and VAT which will be charged at the prevailing rate when the wine is released from bond. Onward delivery from bond charges are not included, free delivery on orders above £100 does not apply. Reward Card points are not accruable or redeemable on ‘En Primeur’ or In Bond sales.
Cassis, graphite, blackberries, scorched earth, and graphite notes all emerge from the 2018 Château Lynch-Bages, which is a rich, blockbuster style beauty up with the finest vintages to date from this historic estate, which by the way, is just about complete with a massive new cellar construction project. Checking in as a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, brought up in 75% new French oak, it's incredibly concentrated, opulent, and sexy on the palate, with building underlying structure, a stacked mid-palate, and a great finish. It reminds me of the 2009 with its fleshy, powerful style. The IPT, or amount of tannins, is a through the roof 95 and it hit 14.1% alcohol with a pH of 3.66. It’s going to live for just about forever.- 97 pts Jeb Dunnuck