2029 - 2065
A true classic from this estate, the 2019 Lynch-Bages has turned out brilliantly, unwinding in the glass with aromas of cassis and sweet blackberry fruit mingled with licorice, mint, cigar wrapper and loamy soil. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it's a deep, multidimensional wine built around a chassis of rich, powdery tannins and succulent balancing acids. The last vintage produced in Lynch-Bages old winery, it will be interesting to compare this benchmark wine with subsequent vintages over the coming years.
Lynch-Bages' recently unveiled new winery is an imposing construction and will certainly permit precision winemaking, with smaller tanks permitting parcel-by-parcel selection. And given that Lynch-Bages comprehends more or less 250 different parcels, recently the subject of an in-depth soil study, that will be a real advantage. The same studies, incidentally, are informing work in the vineyards, with parcels cultivated differently depending on their properties; and organic trials are underway in holdings near dwellings. Yet the old winery has delivered a compelling swan-song vintage in the form of the 2019 Lynch-Bages, a superb wine that merits comparison with the likes of the 2010 and 2000 in quality (and which is closer to the latter than the former in style). It's a terrific effort from the Cazes family and their technical team.