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.
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 2014 blend comprises 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot; maturation is 15 months in 75% new French oak.
2014 turned out to be a very good vintage in Bordeaux, despite a trickly growing season up the end of August. It was the best vintage since 2010, where quantities were low but quality was high.
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.
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