Lynch Bages, a real dream…

Chateau Lynch Bages, has a long history in Bordeaux and takes its name from the local area where the domain is located in Bages.

In 2017, Chateau Lynch Bages began a massive renovation and modernization, focusing on their wine making, and technical facilities. The project, headed by the famous architects Chien Chung Pei and Li Chung Pei, the sons of the famous architect that designed the pyramid for the Louvre in Paris as well as several other important buildings. This includes a new grape, reception center, gravity flow wine cellar and the vat rooms, which will host around 80 stainless steel vats in various sizes allowing for parcel by parcel vinification. The new cellars will feature a glass roof, terraces with 360 degree views and completely modernized reception areas and offices.

The 100 hectare vineyard of Lynch Bages is planted to 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is about 30 years old. But they have old vines, some of which are near to 90 years old. The vineyard has a terroir of gravel, chalk and sand soils.

The vineyard can be divided into 2 main sections, with a large portion of the vines being planted close to the chateau on the Bages plateau. At their peak, the vineyard reaches an elevation of 20 meters. The other section of the vineyard lies further north, with its key terroir placed on the Monferan plateau. They also own vines in the far southwest of the appellation, next Chateau Pichon Lalande, on the St. Julien border, which can be used in the Grand Vin.

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The style of wine at Chateau Lynch Bages blends power, concentration, style and charm. In the middle between traditional and modern styles, the wine is best when it’s concentrated, offering ripe cassis, tobacco, wet earth and truffle flavors with firm tannins. The wine ages extremely well.  Lynch Bages is a wine for patient wine lovers, as it often needs 15-20 years in the top vintages to honestly show its best.

Chateau Lynch Bages needs time in the cellar before it can truly be enjoyed, as the wine is quite powerful and tannic in its youth. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 4 hours, or sometimes more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume and its caracter. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Lynch Bages is usually better with at least 10-15 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Lynch Bages offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15-50 years of age after the vintage.

Chateau Lynch Bages is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Lynch Bages is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, grilled dishes and with a beautiful cheese.

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