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Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac, Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux - 2008

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Lynch-Bages is one of the most cherished of all the classed growths. It lies on a plateau in the west of Pauillac, in the small village of Bages. Its extensive history dates back to the 16th century, with wine records back to the 1700s. It was owned then by Thomas Lynch, son of an Irishman from Galway, who worked as a Bordeaux merchant. Its most recent and significant history has been in the hands of the renowned Cazes family, owners since 1973, firstly Jean Michel and now his son Jean Charles. They produce a wine which is much finer than its Fifth Growth status and each vintage is given high scores. Delicious in youth, the wine ages magnificently – "impressive at five years, beautiful at ten years and irresistible at twenty," (Oz Clarke).

"The 2008 Lynch Bages is brilliant stuff as well as a textbook Pauillac. Revealing a still youthful ruby/purple color as well as impressive notes of graphite, cedar pencil, cassis, tobacco, and obvious minerality, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, polished tannins, and a concentrated, layered texture. Jean-Charles Cazes described the vintage as late and great for Cabernet Sauvignon, and this beauty has classic Cabernet flair in spades. Powerful yet also fresh and elegant, it benefits from a decant and will continue drinking beautifully for another 20-30 years." (2/2019)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck