2020 Château Lynch-Bages, Cru Classé Pauillac

The 2020 Lynch-Bages is an impeccably balanced Pauillac from this much loved estate. It’s savoury and intense on the palate, with loads of fine grained tannins, and a long and mineral finish. Another tour de force from this great estate.

Critic score
96.75/100
Pricing
Magnum
En primeur
In stock
£216.56
Case, 3 Magnums
En primeur
In stock
£649.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2027 - 2050
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Magnum (150cl.)
2020 Château Lynch-Bages, Cru Classé Pauillac

TASTING NOTES

Blackcurrants, orange peel, flowers and tar with hints of graphite. Full-bodied with a creamy texture of exquisitely polished tannins. It goes on and on. Intense flavors at the end, too, with lead pencil and lots of blackberry. Very classic and precise.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (June 2021)
98—99/100

The lowest amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend on recent record but the signature of Lynch Bages is very much in play here - tons of liquorice, grippy and charismatic cassis and blueberry fruit with a velvety texture layered with blackcurrant pastilles and rich dark chocolate. This is easily one of the best Pauillacs that I have tasted in the vintage, totally gorgeous. The 33hl/ha yield meant I was worried that it would be too concentrated, but it pulls it off, although you've got to assume that they will need to be careful over ageing. Lower alcohol than both 2018 and 2019, a more classical balance in fact. 4% Cabernet Franc completes the blend. 3.73pH, 75% new oak, 18 months in barrel.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
96/100

The 2020 Lynch-Bages contains proportionately more Merlot in the blend this year (31%) and will be aged for 18 months in 75% new oak. It has an intriguing bouquet, quite complex and classic in style, featuring tightly wound black fruit mixed with cedar, mint and touches of the estuary. One sniff and you know that the vines are in close proximity to the sea. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive weight on the entry, the tannins almost immediately coating the mouth (the IPT is 93, fairly high). But everything remains balanced thanks to the fine acidic thread, and it begins to firm up, becoming quite structured and, dare I say, reminiscent of Latour toward the finish. This is a Lynch-Bages that clearly will deserve long-term aging because there is real substance to this wine, and that will only increase during élevage. This is a great Lynch-Bages. The Cazes family should build a new winery to celebrate.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)
95—96/100

Very deep, dense blackish purple. Suave, flattering nose with good freshness and precision. Marked tannins underneath (more so than its stablemate Haut-Batailley). This is less the old, spicy, comfortable pair of slippers Lynch-Bages and seems to be heading in a deliberately purer, 'cooler' direction. Impressive undertow and persistence, but with interesting top notes such as tobacco leaf. Very ambitiously dry on the finish.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)
17++/20
Château Lynch-Bages

The extremely popular Château Lynch-Bages lies on a gravel ridge overlooking the Gironde Estuary to the west of the town of Pauillac. Punching well above its Fifth Growth status, Lynch-Bages has a devoted following. So loyal that it made history in 1985 when a French astronaut took a bottle of 1975 Lynch-Bages into space, making it the first wine to leave the planet.

More recently, there has been a huge investment and regeneration program undertaken by the Cazes family, who have been leading the estate since the 1930s, including a brand new cellar that will be completed shortly. Jean-Michel Cazes’ impressive efforts to promote the wines of Bordeaux in general did wonders to increase the popularity of his own Lynch-Bages. Today, Jean-Charles Cazes heads the château which also makes a second wine, Echo de Lynch-Bages and a white, Blanc de Lynch-Bages.

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