Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
6 x 75cl * 13.5% ABV * Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Pauillac at its best. Château Lynch-Bages is one of the most famous names in the region, and as a classified Fifth Growth, this is deservedly so. Jane Anson dubbed this sublime vintage at Lynch-Bages as being 'hugely impressive and complex', unsurprising for a wine that is so often spoken about in the same breath as the 'super seconds'.
Highly scoring from the journalists, this vintage at Lynch-Bages has been compared to that of Mouton (First Growth) by Neal Martin, who also called the wine 'beautifully balanced, very harmonious yet there is enormous backbone here...'
During tasting in April 2023 the wine was already showing the structure that will mean it will age wonderfully, and once opened up it was full-on cassis, bramble and black cherry. This evolved into cedar, menthol and tobacco on the palate - hence the complexity noted by Jane Anson.
'Wow. Blackcurrants, blueberries, blackberries and flowers. Full-bodied with beautifully integrated tannins that melt into the wine. Persistent and precise. A fantastic wine for the cellar. 66% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot.' James Suckling, 98-99/100
"One of the vintage's most powerful, muscular wines is the 2022 Lynch-Bages, a full-bodied, broad-shouldered Pauillac that unfurls in the glass with aromas of cassis, cherries, mint, pencil shavings and petroleum jelly, framed by nicely integrated new oak. Liberally extracted, its deep core of fruit is underpinned by an imposing chassis of rich, powdery tannin and lively acids. Always rather forbidding from barrel, Lynch Bages always seems to come together in bottle, and the 2022 has the makings of another success for this address." 93-96 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate
"Full on inky purple in colour, this is sculpted and full of character. Intense, not just a reflection of the vintage but in the increasing concentration found in Lynch Bages over the past decade. Delivers so much character, wtih charcoal, soot, campfire, liquorice, slate, bilberry, cassis. Hugely impressive and complex, will age for decades. As it opens and those fierce tannins loosen their grip a little, the floral character of the Cabernet Sauvignon becomes more clear. It's austere right now, with shoulders and muscles, but I am fully on board. One to wait for. 75% new oak. Harvest September 12 to 24.." 97 Points, Jane Anson
Drink 2030 to 2060.
Please note prices are in-bond and exclude VAT and duty, which are payable when the wines land in-store in Spring/Summer 2025.