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Chateau Lynch Bages 2016

Pauillac, France


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    RPWA 97 WS 97 JS 97 VAG 97
    DEC 96 AGFV 96 WE 95 JD 95
    JL 97 LG 97 JR 17.5/20

Grape Variety
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot


5th Classified Growth, Chateau Lynch-Bages is a red wine produced in the Pauillac appellation. The vineyard has soil composed of gravel from the Garonne, which is typical of the appellation. Wine is aged in barrels, 75% are new. 2016 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

At Chateau Lynch-Bages, flowering was delayed due to the rainfall in April and May. Nice weather from June 2nd- June 12th allowed flowering to occur homogenously. Summer was underway, as of June 25th. Summer was hot and dry. September 13th brought rain and relief. The rain was just what the grapes needed to finalise their maturation.

Chateau Lynch-Bages 2016 has a deep garnet-red colour, an indicator of exceptional maturity. The expressive nose possesses aromas of blackcurrants, Morello cherries and subtle notes of fresh mint. The attack is powerful and fresh, allowing a great unctuosity to present itself. Married with beautifully wrapped tannins, the combination is excellent. It should be noted that despite its tannic youth, the tannic presence is nothing short of remarkable.


  • 97 Robert Parker Wine Advocate

    Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Lynch Bages comes charging out of the gate with pronounced cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, mulberries and menthol notions, backed up by scents of garrigue, tilled soil and a waft of tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, rich and fantastically concentrated, the generous fruit is superbly framed by firm, ripe, grainy tannins with tons of pepper, cinnamon and cloves layers coming through on the finish. Truly, a legendary Lynch Bages!

  • 97 Wine Spectator

    This is built for the cellar, with a generous core of kirsch, raspberry paste and plum preserve flavors waiting to unfurl. Will take time, due to the licorice snap, roasted apple wood and sweet tobacco elements draped over the fruit. Should meld with age, as the structure is invigorating in feel, showing both acidity and tannins in lockstep with the fruit. Best from 2025 through 2040.

  • 97 James Suckling

    Very rich and exotic with blackberry, black-tea, graphite and lead-pencil aromas. Full-bodied, dense and structured with lots of ripe tannins and a long, flavorful finish of currants and forest floor, combined with fresh mushrooms and bark. Needs four to five years to show its true potential. Try after 2024.

  • 97 Vinous Antonio Galloni

    The 2016 Lynch-Bages delivers on its promise from barrel with an intense blackberry, cedar and mineral-driven bouquet that actually reminds me of Lafite-Rothschild. A faint dark chocolate scent makes a brief appearance. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, pure black fruit and a velvety texture. There is wonderful structure and focus on the finish, followed by a persistent saline aftertaste. This is an outstanding Lynch-Bages, easily the best since the twin titans of 1989 and 1990. (NM) (1/2019)

  • 96 Decanter

    Harvest started a week later than in 2015, allowing a longer, slowing ripening as Pauillac fully benefitted from the conditions of the vintage. Touches of reduction for the first minute emphasise the redcurrant notes in with the cassis and bilberry. The acidity is clear, and the layers of fine tannins build to show an extremely impressive construction: thickly sliced black fruits, fresh menthol, toast, tobacco and grilled, almost tarry almonds. 2% Petit Verdot makes up the blend. Eric Boissenot consults.

  • 96 Antonio Galloni for Vinous

    “A stellar wine, the 2016 Lynch-Bages is dark and explosive in the glass. Beams of tannin and bright acids give the 2016 its sense of drive and tension. From bottle, the 2016 is quite a bit more powerful than it was from barrel. Dark flavors and potent tannins give the 2016 a distinctly brooding, somber feel. Sage, lavender, menthol, licorice and wild cherry are all laced into the potent, dramatically sweeping finish. Readers should not be in a rush, as the 2016 is going to need a number of years to be at its best. Even so, it is super-impressive today. (01/2019)

  • 95 Wine Enthusiast

    Rich, jammy and powerful, this wine is all about concentration and firm tannins. Ripe black-currant flavors add great juiciness at the end. The wine has magnificent potential. Drink from 2025.

  • 95 Jeb Dunnuck

    The flagship 2016 Château Lynch Bages is a powerhouse, checking in as 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot raised in 75% new French oak. This deep, concentrated, powerful 2016 is going to be one for the ages, but if you’re looking for instant gratification, this isn’t for you. Saturated purple-colored, with thick black fruits, graphite, and scorched earth aromas and flavors, it fills the mouth with fruit, has masses of tannins, and beautiful overall balance. Don’t even think about opening bottles before 7-8 years from now, and it’s going to have 3-4 decades of longevity.

  • 97 Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider
  • 97 Luca Gardini
  • 17.5/20 Jancis Robinson
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