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Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac Grand Cru Classe 6L 2016 EN PRIMEUR

Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac Grand Cru Classe 6L 2016 EN PRIMEUR

by Château Lynch-Bages 2016

Producer : Château Lynch-Bages

Region : Bordeaux (France), France (France)

Bottle Per Case : 1 x 6000 mL

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"The 2016 Lynch Bages is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot with 13.7% alcohol and an IPT of 95, the highest ever for this property and probably one of the highest on the Left Bank this vintage. It was picked between from 27-30 September for the young vines, then the picking team stopped, restarting on 3 October with the Merlot and the Cabernets finished on 12 October. This vintage is matured in 75% new oak. It has a very concentrated, almost opaque bouquet that required some coaxing from the glass, developing floral and crushed limestone scents with time: disarmingly fresh and with stunning vivacity. The palate is concentrated and tannic, although they are not obtrusive and appear neatly embroidered into the multi-layered black fruit. This is a classic Lynch Bages with ambition and recalls vintages like 1990, a Lynch Bages built for long-term ageing. That arching backbone is counterbalanced by the keen line of acidity and a freshness that knows no bounds. There is ethereal delineation and tension on the finish, but I would give this at least ten years in bottle to enjoy this audacious Lynch Bages at its peak. Maybe the biggest surprise of the vintage, this has all the makings of a sensational wine."

97-99 points - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, April 2017

Specs

Bottles Per Case Single Bottles
Point Score 99
Bottle Size 6000 mL
Producer Château Lynch-Bages
Region Bordeaux (France), France (France)
Alcohol 13.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2016
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 4% Cabernet Franc, 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $1, 995.00
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