(2008 Vintage) Daring, innovative and with a reputation for often being the last to harvest, Jean-Charles Cazes defined the style of Lynch-Bages in the 1930's. The wine's distinctive character has earned it a place amongst Pauillac's greatest. It combines structure, finesse and elegance, offering generous aromas in its youth and developing deeper complexities with bottle age. The estate’s reputation as a top quality wine producer took off in 1945 after a series of exceptional vintages. Since then, Lynch-Bages has continued to produce excellent wines, even during years considered difficult in the Bordeaux region. The wine’s deep colour and tannic backbone have become part of its signature style. Jean-Michel Cazes, grandson of Jean-Charles, has worked hard to develop and refine the wine’s supple and smooth structure over the years. Vintage after vintage, the estate’s precise and excellent winemaking techniques have served to firmly establish Lynch-Bages reputation for consistent quality.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesPauillac Long on woodsy, black coffee and toffee-like complexities from the very first sniff, this solid, richly oaked wine exhibits a foundation of berries and blackcurrant fruit that becomes a little more visible in the mouth than it is in the nose. Slightly supple in feel and fairly smooth in its overall construction, the wine is surprisingly approachable given its age and may prove to be at its best in only three or four years.
International Wine CellarGood bright ruby. Musky aromas of raspberry, cassis and bitter chocolate, with a floral nuance I don't often find in this wine. Dense and sweet but lively, with a medicinal black fruit austerity, very good flavor definition and a faint mintiness. Classic raw berry cabernet character. Shows good density and sweetness on the persistent finish, which features rich, broad tannins.