2020 Château Lynch-Bages is described as "a great Lynch-Bages" and "reminiscent of Latour" by Neal Martin (94-96 points), but the scores and notes only tell half the story here. To our minds, this is a revolutionary vintage, released with a special label to mark the first vintage be made in the new winery, designed by architect Chien Chung Pei. Bordeaux really is at the cutting edge of winemaking technology and it is worth watching Jean-Charles Cazes give a short tour of the winery (scroll to bottom).
Part of Lynch's reputation as an over-delivering fifth growth was built on the then-revolutionary vat house built in 1850 by Skawinski. Brilliant as they are, the wines from this winery did not possess the same laser-focused purity of fruit as wines like Pichon-Lalande, made with modern micro-vinification. Jancis Robinson notes this new 'purer' direction, and Neal Martin suggests the 2020 will only improve during its elevage. It also allows more balanced wines in hot vintages, with the 2020 checking in at a moderate 13.4% abv. This is the first in a new breed of Lynch-Bages vintages, an exciting time for the estate.
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See Jean-Charles Cazes introduce the 2020 vintage: