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Château Lynch-Bages 2011

Bordeaux, France

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Saturated black-purple colour with copious crème de cassis, incense and cedar flavours built around a full-bodied frame of precise acidity and ultra-fine tannins. Powerful and hedonistic, with flashes of blueberry compote and graphite on the long finish. Pure class.
Counterintuitively, fine wines are actually best served with simple fare - you can't have two stars. So, decant for 3-4 hours and enjoy with your favourite steak fried in butter - the best of living!
Lynch Bages, a 'fifth growth', has always enjoyed a strong following in Ireland, where it is known affectionately by some as 'lunch bags'. Since 1973 it has been owned by Jean-Michel Cazes and is today steered by his son, Jean-Charles. Lynch Bages' vineyards are superbly sited on a plateau west of Pauillac town, in the small village of Bages. Its 90 hectares lie on classic deep gravel beds over limestone. The 2011 blend comprises 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot - maturation is 15 months in 75% new French oak.
2011 was a complicated growing season in Bordeaux, where only the most meticulous and moneyed châteaux had the inclination and means to select the summer's best berries. After two 'vintages of the century', 2009 and 2010, '11 saw hail, drought, heat spikes, cold snaps, storms and deluges; in fact, it was a return to the more typical 'Atlantic' vintage that characterises this maritime part of France. The harvest was early (September), thanks to the warm, dry spring.
Alcohol: 13%
Style: Fine, complex, long-lived
Closure: Cork
Drink by: 2031



Tim Atkin MW

"This is a château that continues to make a mockery of the 1855 classification."


Neal Martin

"A stylish Lynch-Bages, born to be drunk and enjoyed."

Robert Parker

"Another strong effort ... it should age easily for 20 years."

Oz Clarke

"Lynch Bages is impressive at five years, beautiful at ten years and irresistible at twenty."

Wall Street Journal

Will Lyons


Berry Brothers & Rudd

Simon Staples

"If they ever re-classified Bordeaux again, Lynch-Bages would fly up the charts quicker than any other château."

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