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Chateau Lynch Bages 2015  - First Bottle


96 Vinous -
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.
96 Wine Enthusiast -
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.
96 Falstaff -
Dark ruby ??garnet, violet reflections, delicate rim lightening. Attractive cassis, delicate floral components, black berry fruit, delicate nougat and spices. Complex, ripe cherries, a hint of mint, elegant, round tannins, sticks well, very good terroir expression, fresh and persistent.
95 James Suckling -
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.
95 Jeff Leve -
Dark in color, the wine is powerful, deep, dark, concentrated and full bodied. The palate enjoys layers of fruits that are concentrated, long, fresh and vibrant. There is a great, crisp, crunchy quality to the fruits.. This will require at least a decade of age before it really starts to show its all.
94+ Jeb Dunnuck -
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.
94 Decanter -
This is powerful and deep with high but careful extraction and firm tannins. At this stage it feels so much younger and more closed than almost anything else I’ve tasted from this vintage in Pauillac. This is going for a firm, impressive impact and it manages it, but it lacks some generosity in the fruit character that it has in spades in 2016. 2% Petit Verdot. 75% new oak. One-third malolactic fermentation in vats, two-thirds in barrel.
94 Wine Spectator -
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.
92+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Lynch Bages offers up crushed black berries, black cherries and dried herbs with an earthy undercurrent. The medium-bodied palate is firm and taut with lively fruit and a chewy finish.

Technical Details

  • Blend70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • AppellationPauillac
  • Oak75% new oak
  • Alcohol13.5%

Chateau Lynch Bages 2015

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VN96, WE96, FS96, JS95, JL95, JD94+, DC94, WS94, WA92+

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Lynch Bages doesn't need much of an intro, as it's one of the most notable Chateaus in Pauillac – a fifth growth that fights side by side with first growths in the annual press circuit. This estate has always been a relative value for Bordeaux – one that ages and drinks as well as any first growth – at a fraction of the cost!

The wine of Chateau Lynch Bages is part of the lineage of the great Pauillac wines. With neighbors that include Latour, Lafite, Mouton, and both Pichons… this is undeniably the greatest concentration of top Bordeaux estates anywhere. And yet, even amongst such an array of world-class producers, Chateau Lynch Bages has seemingly always over delivered in terms of quality for value. In the epic Bordeaux vintage of 2015 – Lynch Bages has made one of their very best yet! 96 points!

Grown on the famous mounds of Garonne gravel, Lynch Bages – like the other houses in Pauillac – is blended mostly from cabernet sauvignon. The structure, finesse, elegance, and longevity, are all hallmarks of the Lynch Bages style – ushered in by Jean-Charles Caze back in 1934. The style of the wines has refined over the years, gaining suppleness and softness, whilst their consistency has been established over time. The 2015 is simply lights-out good and will be drinking beautifully for several decades.

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About the Producer

Stretching over some 100 hectares in the commune of Pauillac, the vineyards of Lynch-Bages sit among favorably designed and picturesqu hillcrests. Lynch-Bages Estate owes part of its name to the ancient hamlet of Bages, which for centuries was home to generations of winemakers. In 1749, The property passed into the Lynch family for seventy-five years. Lynch-Bages is classified among the Fifth Growths in the prestigious 1855 Classification. In the 1930s, General Felix de Vial leased the vineyard to Jean-Charles Cazes, who was already in charge of Chateau Ormes de Pez in Saint-Estephe. Cazes would go on to purchase both properties on the eve of the Second World War. Lynch-Bages has been run by the Cazes family ever since.