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Chateau Lynch Bages 2018 Cru Classe, Pauillac

Chateau Lynch Bages 2018 Cru Classe, Pauillac

Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Spectator
James Suckling
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Advocate

Lynch Bages 2018 is Outstanding!

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  • 98 Points!
  • Across the board Rave Reviews
  • Cellar Selection
  • " The Lynch-Bages style is unmistakeable in this wine’s richness and the density of its structure"
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About Chateau Lynch Bages 2018 Cru Classe, Pauillac

Classified Growth Bordeaux Chateau Lynch Bages has for decades performed well beyond its Fifth Growth status. Each vintage it stands among the very best Bordeaux reds in quality. And why not, with ideal terroir in the elite village of Pauillac this Chateau has everything going for it. 2018 was an outstanding vintage in Bordeaux and this wine, just arriving in the marketplace has received rave reviews.

Jeb Dunnuck scored this 98+ saying "One of the finest vintages I've ever tasted from this address, the 2018 Château Lynch-Bages has everything you look for in a great wine: incredible aromatics, richness without weight, perfect balance, and a purity of fruit that's just about off the charts. Dense purple, it reveals a glorious perfume of blackcurrants and blackberry fruits, a deep, unctuous mouthfeel, building tannin's, and a complex array of cedar pencil, tobacco, wood smoke, and chocolate. A true blockbuster in every sense, with masses of fruit and tannin's as well as moderate acidity, it will probably merit a triple-digit score in a decade and is a 50+-year wine from this team.”

Wine Spectator scored this 97 points saying "Vibrant, with a violet and cassis lead-in that then expands to include steeped black cherry and plum fruit as well as extra savory, iron and licorice root notes. Nice latent grip too, with a mouthwatering tug of earth at the very end. The fruit is so vibrant, it's a tease now, but there's structure here for the long haul, so be patient. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2025 through 2040."

James Suckling scored this 97 points saying “Aromas of blackberries, cloves, licorice, dried leaves, graphite and black olives. It’s full-bodied with firm, tight tannins. Structured and tannic with beautiful austerity and a long, mineral and layered finish. The tannins grow on the palate. Try from 2026.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded this a Cellar Selection and scored it 96 points saying “The Lynch-Bages style is unmistakable in this wine’s richness and the density of its structure and tannins. In addition it conveys a great sense of style, restrained power and opulence. Drink this wine from 2027.”

Decanter Magazine scored this 96 points saying “Deep, rich black fruits on the nose followed by a powerful punch of spice alongside a ferocious tannic structure that will benefit from the extra polishing of bottle ageing. Combines tannic heft with cassis, bitter chocolate shavings, sage, cardamom and smoke. This is impressive, with a solidly confident, classic Pauillac character and a great example of the confidence of Lynch-Bages right now. Drinking Window 2028 – 2048”

The Wine Advocate scored this 96 points saying “Composed of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Lynch-Bages was aged in 75% new barriques. Deep garnet-purple in color, it soars out of the glass with a magnificently expressive nose of blueberry compote, black cherry preserves and blackcurrant pastilles, plus suggestions of dark chocolate, licorice, tar and violets with a waft of hoisin. The medium to full-bodied palate is just as impactful as the nose, coating the mouth with juicy black berry and spicy layers, supported by firm, grainy tannin's and seamless freshness, finishing long with a refreshing earthiness coming through at the end.”

Wine Details

  • Alcohol % 14.0%
  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type Red
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • Appellation Pauillac

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