2019 Châteaux Lynch-Bages: £395 IB per sixWednesday, 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
"The 2019 Château Lynch-Bages is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that's still resting in 75% new French oak. Offering blockbuster notes of crème de cassis, burning embers, violets, graphite, and liquid rock-like minerality, it shows the more elegant style of the vintage on the palate yet builds with air, revealing incredible concentration and depth of fruit, loads of tannins, and a mammoth-sized finish. This classic Lynch-Bages will take a decade to hit maturity but will keep for 50-60 years or more. It's not for the drink me now crowd. 96-98 points." Jeb Dunnuck, Jun 2020
£395 IB per six bottles (SOLD OUT)
Offered en primeur, ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2022. Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond. Stock subject to availability, E&OE.