Ch. Lynch-Bages, 5th Growth Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, 1990
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Single bottle of Red wine Ch. Lynch-Bages, 5th Growth Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, 1990 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot

Ch. Lynch-Bages
5th Growth Grand Cru Classe
Pauillac
1990

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The producer

Another Fifth Growth that is up there with the big players in Pauillac! This is not a recent thing as Lynch-Bages – named after Irishman Thomas Lynch who owned it in the late 18th century – has been impressing for decades.

Lynch Bages is, with 90 hectares of vineyards, which makes it the largest 5th Growth estate, located on the gravel plateau west of the town of Pauillac nearby the small village, Bages. The vineyards, planted with 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, are on deep gravel soils on a limestone subsoil and the Grand Vin usually matures for around 15 months in 60% new barriques.

Recent studies of the vineyard, and subsequent adjustments to viticulture have resulted in even better, more concentrated wines, and recently a spanking new, rather stunning cellar has been completed. Lynch is definitely worth a visit when in Bordeaux. All is looking on the up at Lynch-Bages especially the dark-fruited, Cabernet-dominant and powerful wines that respond to time in the cellar. And albeit the historical position as a fifth growth in the 1855 classification, Lynch is widely and deservedly considered a Super-Second!

The wine

Fruit for Lynch Bages’ Grand Vin is sourced from vineyards in the small village of Bages on a plateau west of Pauillac town. The blend usually consists of around 76% Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Cabernet Franc, sometimes a soupcon of Petit Verdot. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and is followed by malolactic fermentation – two thirds of which in barrel – and finally blending and ageing. Ageing is in oak barriques, of which 75% are new, for 18 months and varies with vintage conditions and fruit ripeness. Lynch Bages is a wine of succulent richness and a dark-fruited, Cabernet-dominant profile with powerful yet velvety tannins.

Type: Red
Vintage: 1990
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub region: Pauillac
Grape: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot
Style: Savory and Classic
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 14%
Drinking window: 1999 - 2045
Size: 750ml
Food match: Beef and Venison

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