Vineyard of 107 hectares, Château Lynch-Bages is located in the heart of Médoc, on the plateau of Bages in the Pauillac appellation. Soil of predilection of the Great Classified Growths since 1885, this Fifth Classified Growth produces powerful, structured, intense and racy wines of a very long guard.
OWNER: Cazes Family
MANAGING DIRECTOR: Jean-Charles Cazes
CELLAR MASTER: Jérome Le Roux
OENOLOGIST: Daniel Llose
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Nicolas Labenne
CULTURE MANAGER : Franck Debrais
APPELLATION : Pauillac
VINEYARD AREA: 107 hectares (Red: 100, White: 7)
VINEYARD MANAGEMENT : Integrated farming
SOILS : Gravelly hillsides of the Garonne
AVERAGE AGE OF THE VINEYARD : 30 years old
RED GRAPE VARIETIES : 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
WHITE GRAPE VARIETIES: 63% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon, 12% Muscadelle
The origin of Chateau Lynch-Bages goes back to the 18th century, when Thomas Lynch acquired the land in 1749. He took great care of the vines and produced excellent wines, known as "Cru de Lynch". It is then that the reputation of the domain increases thanks to the quality of the wines, so much that he is classified among the fifth growths in the 1855 classification.
From 1824 onwards, the property passed through the hands of different owners. In the 1930s, General Félix de Vial sold the vineyard to Jean-Charles Cazes, farmer at Château Ormes de Pez in Saint-Estèphe. On the eve of the Second World War, he bought the two properties. Since then, the château has been run by the Cazes family.
It was first Jean-Michel Cazes, a great figure in Bordeaux, who worked for several years to make his wines known throughout the world. Today, it is his son Jean-Charles who has been at the helm since 2006, continuing the work of his father and his ancestors. In 2017, he undertook the construction of a new winery, designed by Chien Chung Pei and realized with the architect Arnaud Boulain, which will open its doors in 2021. This building of 11000 M2 has the most modern and sophisticated equipment and a large number of tanks to produce great wines in the best possible conditions.
Château Lynch-Bages, possesses a vineyard of 107 hectares located in the heart of the Médoc. Located not far from the estuary, it benefits from a moderate climate as well as a soil with a homogeneous geology. This exceptional terroir, planted on a soil that has been a favorite of the Grands Crus Classés since 1855, is made up of Garonne gravel ridges, benefiting from the warmth and natural drainage towards the river, allowing for perfect drainage of the vines.
The teams of the chateau dedicate a particular care to the elaboration of the wines of Lynch-Bages and that from the vineyard to the cellar.
In the vineyard, the team under the responsibility of the technical director, Nicolas Labenne, ensures the daily follow-up of the vines. Since 2006, the use of advanced satellite technology as well as the rigorous study of the quality of the soils allow the preservation of the wine genetic heritage of Lynch-Bages. The domain is also turning towards a more environmentally friendly practice.
During the harvest, the teams collect the grapes according to the maturity of each variety and each parcel. The harvested grapes are brought to the new vat room for the parcel-by-parcel vinification in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Once the alcoholic fermentation is finished, the wine is run off and devatted. In December, numerous tastings are made and the final blend of the vintage is decided by the teams under the presidency of Jean-Charles Cazes.
The first and second wines are aged in stave oak barrels whose aromatic capacities are enhanced by the toasting of renowned coopers. During this stage, regular racking is carried out. Fining is carried out just before bottling.
The Grand Vin, Chateau Lynch-Bages has the power and elegance of a great Pauillac. It is a bold and innovative wine, known for often being the last of Pauillac to be harvested. It has a racy character combining structure, finesse and elegance. On the nose, it has aromas of black fruits and a hint of vanilla. The mouth is rich, mineral, elegant, with coated tannins and a beautiful finish. This wine is generous in its youth and evolves in its maturity towards more flavors and complexity.
The second wine of the estate, formerly Château Haut-Bages Averous, is known today as Echo de Lynch-Bages, referring to the nymph of Greek mythology. Like the great wine, this one benefits from the same care from the vineyard to the cellar. Made from plots of young vines, it is a supple and round wine, seductive from its youth. Moreover, it has an excellent ageing potential.
The domain also produces a white wine, Blanc de Lynch-Bages, This wine born in 1990, is elaborated from three traditional white grape varieties: Sauvignon, Semillon and Muscadelle offering aromas of fresh fruits, exotic, white flowers, with vanilla and woody notes making the complexity of this wine