Bordeaux Red, Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac GCC 5eme Cru 2014

Product Number: 12-80477

Availability: Sufficient




Grape Cabernet Sauvignon ; Merlot ; Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot
Color Red
Sweetness Dry
Body Full-Bodied
Tasting Note 94/100 Points RP/Neal Martin 2014 Vintage 30th Apr 2015
The Château Lynch Bages 2014 is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot matured in 75% new oak. Yields were a respectable 40 hectoliters per hectare, although that figure is less than Jean-Charles Cazes predicted earlier in the season. The nose is well defined with veins of graphite infusing the black fruit: quite strict for Lynch Bages, a little reserved at this early stage. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannin, racy acidity although the pH is around 3.7, linear and a little austere on the finish. This is tightly coiled at the moment, gritty in the mouth but I like the Pauillac typicité here – not a million miles away from Grand Puy Lacoste in style. This deserves respect and I suspect it will age with the style of Jean-Charles's father, who turned 80 on the day of my visit.

94/100 Points Wine Spectator2014 Vintage Tasted: Mar 2017
This has beguiling hints of plum cake and melted licorice peeking out, while a core of cassis and blackberry confiture waits in reserve. There's ample grip, but this remains very polished and integrated, with lovely echoes of anise and fruitcake showing through the very lengthy finish. Will be hard to keep your hands off this while it ages. Best from 2019 through 2035. — JM

16.5/20 Points Jancis Robinson 2014 Vintage Tasted: Nov 2018 When to drink: 2025 to 2038
69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Tasted blind. Deep purplish crimson. Light nose. Rather simple and unformed aromatically with the considerable tannins unintegrated with the just-ripe fruit. Needs a lot of time. Jancis Robinson

94/100 Points Falstaff Magazin 2014 Vintage Tasted: Apr 2015
18/20 Points La Revue du Vin de France 2014 Vintage Tasted: Jan 2018
93/100 Points Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider 2014 Vintage Tasted: Jun 2017
16.5/20 Points Vinum Wine Magazine 2014 Vintage Tasted: Jun 2017When to drink: 2020 to 2030
94/100 Points Vinous Antonio Galloni 2014 Vintage Tasted: Feb 2017 When to drink: 2024 to 2044
95/100 Points Wine Enthusiast 2014 Vintage Tasted: Jan 2017
16.5/20 Points Gault & Millau 2014 Vintage Tasted: Jun 2015
93/100 Points Jeannie Cho Lee 2014 Vintage Tasted: Mar 2015 When to drink: 2021 to 2021
17.5/20 Points Bettane et Desseauve 2014 Vintage
Size 75cl



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