2019 Châteaux Lynch-Bages & Haut-BatailleyWednesday, June 10
"Cazes family making the difference" - James Suckling
The Cazes family have this morning released the 2019 vintage of three of their best known and ever-popular châteaux, Lynch-Bages, Haut-Batailley and Les Ormes de Pez.
Lynch has released at just £395 per six bottles, 24% below the 2018 release price (£520). With 97 points from Jane Anson, our stock has now almost all sold to customers who have pre-ordered. As ever, we are using all relationships in Bordeaux to find more stock, so do enquire if you are seeking an allocation.
Perhaps the bigger story in 2019 is summed up by the quotation from James Suckling above. Haut-Batailley, released at £420 per dozen, is 20% below the 2018 price. No one who has met Jean-Michel and his son Jean-Charles Cazes would doubt their ability to imprint their charm and charisma onto their wines. Since buying Haut-Batailley in 2017, the style of the wine has moved gradually towards the same generous, open-hearted style as Lynch-Bages.
The 22 hectares of vines border Lynch itself, as well as Pichon-Lalande and Forts de Latour. There is clearly further potential here. Suckling finds "Plenty of blueberry and chocolate aromas and flavors" as well as Pauillac structure in the 2019. Scored just one point behind Lynch and also a Pauillac fifth growth, the intention is to move Haut-Batailley into the next league with coming vintages. We recommend adding it to your cellar while it is such good value.
Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022.
2019 Château Lynch-Bages, Cru Classé Pauillac
"The 2019 Lynch-Bages is intense on the nose with layers of blackberry, bilberry, cedar, pencil shavings and light mint aromas defining it as a Pauillac. Very focused and I noticed it gaining delineation with aeration. The palate is very smooth and harmonious, the acidity perfectly pitched with a gentle but insistent grip. It reminds me of the superlative 2016 in some ways, effortless on the lightly spiced finish. This has huge potential. They should build a new winery to celebrate! 95-97 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
"A tight and very focused young red with redcurrant, tile and blackberry undertones. Lead pencil, too. It’s full-bodied with very polished, creamy tannins and lots of intense dark fruit. Compact fruit and tannins. Structured. 96-97 points." James Suckling
"This takes hold from the first moment and powers along, delivering a ton of black brambly fruit, liquorice, grilled cedar and Pauillac confidence. The tannins are pretty chewy, really closing in on the end of play, giving no doubt that this is going to age slowly and for many decades, but there is a creaminess to the overall structure that is already evident. Drinking Window 2029 - 2046. 97 points." Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
2019 Château Haut-Batailley, Cru Classé Pauillac
"The 2019 Haut-Batailley, now of course part of the Cazes family's portfolio, is nicely detailed on the nose with blood orange and even a touch of marmalade tincturing the black fruit. The palate is very intense on the entry, the fruit remarkably pure with fine-grain tannins. This is a Haut-Batailley with ambition: very harmonious with touches of white pepper and cedar towards the finish. Is this a harbinger for things to come? I hope so. 93-95 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
"Plenty of blueberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. It's full and chewy with a powerful finish. Tar and graphite at the end. Solid core of fruit and tannin here. One of the most structured I have had from here. Cazes family making the difference. 95-96 Points." James Suckling