Rich, ripe, opulent 2009 has the highest level of polyphenols ever measured at LynchBages, as well as high alcohol (nearly 13.5%). Gorgeous to taste, it may well remain so throughout its life, such is the ripeness of both fruit and tannin. One can imagine drinking the 09’s young to enjoy the exuberance of their fruit, but much greater pleasure will be obtained through the exercise of patience.
Wine production in the Bages territory starts in the late 18th century when the vineyard was owned by the part Irish wine merchant Thomas Lynch. He produced wines under the name of 'Cru de Lynch' and was invited to Paris for the 1855 Classification where his wine would be classified as a Fifth Growth. Later the wine estate was leased to Jean-Charles Cazes, a farmer who would go on to purchase the property, and his descendants still manage the estate.
Performing even better from bottle than it did from barrel, this appears to be the finest Lynch Bages since the 2000, 1990 and 1989. According to the chateau, the 2009 has the highest level of polyphenols ever measured as well as high alcohol (nearly 13.5%). A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest largely Merlot with touches of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it is an expressive, voluptuously textured effort with unctuosity and powerful, juicy, succulent blackberry and black currant flavors, low acids, a layered, massive mouthfeel, but no sense of heaviness or fatigue. This exquisite Lynch Bages should drink well for 30+ years.
Looks the most youthful. Almost port coloured. Very introvert nose. Very concentrated and yet lovely satin texture. Masses of tannin. A monument of a wine. Savoury, salty, minerals. Vibrates. But it dried out a bit in the glass.
Potent blackcurrant and nettle scent. Loads of fruit power, but a savoury structure and high acidity that suggests Bordeaux. Long, firm tannins on the finish too – this is a serious, stately wine made generous by a ripe vintage.
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