Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac 2015
|Region||France, Bordeaux, Pauillac|
World-famous Lynch-Bages epitomizes the power and elegance of a great Pauillac. Planted to 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc, with over 200 acres of vineyards, this estate has remained essentially intact since the 16th century and was named for the Bages plateau and the ownership of the estate by Thomas Lynch in the 17th and 18th centuries. The wine spends about 15 months in oak with 60% new oak and tends to be a big, powerful wine. Robert Parker says that 'Since the mid-1980s, Lynch-Bages has been performing well above its fifth-growth status, producing wines equivalent to a second-growth. Often referred to as the 'poor man's Mouton Rothschild,' it is a sure bet in most vintages.'
Daring, innovative, and with a reputation for often being the last to harvest, Jean-Charles Cazes defined the style of Lynch-Bages in the 1930s. The Cazes family's roots lie in the Médoc: Château Lynch-Bages and Château Ormes de Pez were the first estates acquired by Jean-Charles Cazes in the late 1930s. Today, the family group encompasses reputed wine estates, a wine merchant company, and a branch dedicated to hospitality, gastronomy, and wine tourism. The wine's distinctive character has earned itself a place among Pauillac's greatest wines. It combines structure, finesse, and elegance, offering generous aromas in its youth and developing deeper complexities with bottle age.
This vintage was ideal for the rich style that this estate has made its own. This wine is full bodied and ripe with black-currant and dark berry fruits. The tannins fall into the cushioned wine with ease and richness. Of course, the wine should be aged, so wait until 2026.
One of the finest Pauillacs of 2015, Lynch-Bages is rich, racy and voluptuous. A rush of dark red and purplish stone fruit, mint, new leather, spice and blood orange give the 2015 a very decidedly exotic character that is impossible to miss. Raspberry jam, mocha, new leather and expressive floral notes appear with time in the glass, rounding things out nicely. Even though the 2015 is quite forward and open at this stage, the wine has plenty of stuffing as well as the underlying structure to support many years of exceptional drinking. This is a stellar showing for Lynch-Bages.
Brambly and attractive ripe blackberries and red-plum aromas with some floral accents, too. The palate has a very plush, polished and regal shape as tannins frame up a core of ripe black fruit. Succulent, impressive finish. Best from 2022.
This has an ample core of plum, fig and blackberry compote flavors, underlined liberally with graphite and smoldering tobacco notes. Fleshy and focused, with ample grip through the juniper- and tar-accented finish. Well-built. Best from 2023 through 2038.
The inky colored 2015 Château Lynch-Bages is a seriously impressive Pauillac that's up with the crème de la crème of the appellation in 2015. Notes of ripe blackcurrants, caramelized cherries, tobacco leaf and a kiss of lead pencil all emerge from this textbook Pauillac that has medium to full-bodied richness, notable concentration, and building structure. Made from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that saw 75% new barrels, it needs 5-7 years of cellaring and will be one of the longer-lived wines from the Médoc.