Château Lynch-Bages

Château Lynch-Bages in the Pauillac appellation of France was classified as one of 18 Cinquièmes Crus (Fifth Growth) in the 1855 Official Classification of Médoc and Graves.

Its wines are considered amongst the best quality and value in Bordeaux.

Lynch-Bages winesThe château was owned by the Lynch family for three quarters of a century. They descended from John Lynch, a young Irishman from Galway who was chased out of his country in 1691. His son, Thomas Lynch, inherited an estate in the village of Bages through his wife Elizabeth in 1749. Thomas passed the estate to his son Jean-Baptiste, who soon handed over the management to his brother Michel Lynch, who was also mayor of Pauillac during the French Revolution. Michel maintained responsibility for the Bages estate until 1824.

In 1934, Jean-Charles Cazes, highly respected in the Médoc for his experience in viticulture and winemaking, rented the property from its then owner Felix de Vial and subsequently purchased it in 1938. In 1974 his grandson Jean-Michel set about restructuring the estate. He equipped it with up-to-date technical facilities, but kept the old vat room dating from the last century intact.

Jean-Michel was succeeded by his son Jean-Charles, who is now at the reins of Lynch-Bages and has been since 2006. The latest renovation was done in 2012 with the absolute best, state-of-the-art equipment currently available, ensuring precision winemaking for the wines of Château Lynch-Bages.

Cazes family of WinesThe vineyards of Lynch Bages, located on the Bages plateau at the entrance of Pauillac, overlook the Gironde estuary; they are planted on one of the appellation’s finest outcrops of gravelly soil.

Currently available at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits are the following wines from the Château Lynch-Bages and Cazes family of wines:

2010 Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, $204.99, 96 points, Wine Advocate

2012 Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, $127.99, 91-94 points, Wine Spectator

2010 Echo de Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (up to 2008 the second wine was known as Haut-Bages Averous), $52.99, 91 points, Wine Spectator

2012 Echo de Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, $44.99

2011 Blanc de Lynch-Bages, Bordeaux, $54.99 (very small quantities in select stores only)

2010 Pauillac de Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, $44.99, 91 points, Wine Spectator

2010 Domaine des Sénéchaux Châteauneuf du Pape red, $44.99, 94 points, Wine Advocate

2010 Domaine des Sénéchaux Châteauneuf du Pape white, $45.49

2014 L’Ostal Cazes Pays d’Oc rosé, $11.99

2011 Villa Bel-Air red, Graves, $24.99

2012 Michel Lynch, Bordeaux white, $13.99

2012 Michel Lynch, Bordeaux red, $13.99

2011 Roquette & Cazes, Douro, $34.99

Atanas Nechkov, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, wine & spirits supervisor

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