Lynch Bages 2013
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Fruity, light-bodied, pleasant, lush and charming, Lynch Bages' winemaking team was hesitant to push for any kind of extraction or density because of the pressures from rot. However, they have avoided any harshness in the tannins and vegetal characteristics. The result is an uncharacteristically superficial Lynch Bages that is a modern day version of their 1973.
|Score: 86/88||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014|
Cropped at 31hl/ha, a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, Jean-Charles Cazes told me that it was one of the shortest harvests because of the low yields between 1 and 12 October. The bouquet is has a pure floral bouquet that is quite Margaux-like in style. It is well defined with touches of crème de cassis and blueberry. The palate is medium-bodied with a rounded, quite succulent entry. The acidity is nicely judge and there is a cohesive finish that feels long and tender in the mouth. There is palpable linearity present here in keeping with the vintage, but there is also commendable length. Tasted April 2014.
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2014|
A pretty and tangy Lynch with lemon and orange peel with hints of red fruits and hints of iron. Full to medium body, with firm tannins. Bright finish. Chewy. Lively finish.
|Score: 91/92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2014|
The 2013 Lynch-Bages is unusual but also quite pretty. In this vintage the flavors are quite dark, with distinct dark red/purplish overtones. Dried flowers, cloves and sage are some of the notes that develop with time in the glass. The 2013 finishes with lovely length and precision. The blend is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
|Score: 90/93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2014|
Lynch Bages is one of the most popular and reliable Châteaux of Bordeaux. Release prices of this classic Pauillac are usually modest compared to those that consumers are happy to pay for mature vintages. This much-loved Chateau, owned by the Cazes family, consistently makes one of our most demanded and biggest selling wines. Jean-Michel Cazes' son Jean-Charles is now in charge here and recent vintages have been amongst the best ever. 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot in 2013, aged in 75% new oak. The grand vin is 64% of production with 25% going into the second wine - Echo de Lynch Bages - and the rest into a generic Paulliac. Medium-deep ruby, with a brooding nose of black cherry and blackcurrant overlayed with cinnamon, nutmeg and graphite. The palate has a big structure and cedary tannin, but is balanced by a ripe core of black fruit that has enough flesh and generosity to carry the fresh acidity. A long toasty finish makes this a success for the vintage and a wine worthy of the Lynch Bages name.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2014|
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2014|
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