Château Lynch-Bages is a fifth growth of the appellation Pauillac in the Bordeaux region that has been considered since the post World War II period to be, to use the phrase of the famous Cocks & Feret Bordeaux wine guide, “very superior to its classification”. Indeed, the Cazes family who has owned the property since the 1930s transformed the quality of the wine, making Lynch-Bages one of the most popular classified growths of Bordeaux for its rich, at times opulent, Pauillac style.
In 1939 Jean-Charles Cazes was able to buy Lynch-Bages, and this change of ownership signalled the start of its renaissance. The modern era began when the dynamic Jean-Michel Cazes took over the management of Lynch-Bages in 1974, bringing in Daniel Llose as winemaker. In 2006 Jean-Michel handed over the running of Lynch-Bages to his son Jean-Charles, while continuing his role of Bordeaux wine ambassador around the world.
Lynch-Bages’s 110 hectares of vines are split into two parts, one near the château on the Bages plateau in the southern half of the Pauillac commune,. The soils are mainly of gravel and sand, which allow for good drainage.
The vines of Lynch-Bages are planted to 73% of Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% of Merlot, 10% of Cabernet Franc, and 2% of Petit Verdot. A new vineyard was planted with the traditional white grapes of Bordeaux and produced the first vintage of Blanc de Lynch-Bages in 1990.
The great quality of Château Lynch-Bages is its extraordinary homogeneity. A forceful wine of great breed and bouquet, it gains in focus vintage after vintage, combining distinctiveness with the hedonistic style which is its trademark. Made mostly from Cabernet Sauvignon, it combines structure and finesse, elegance and longevity, and is also distinctively opulent. Generous from the start, it develops more flavours and complexity as it matures.
In 2017, Chateau Lynch-Bages began a massive renovation and modernization, focusing on their wine-making, and technical facilities. The project is headed by American architect, Chien Chung Pei, the son of Ieoh Ming Pei who designed the glass pyramid for the Louvre in Paris.
After a successful international career in industrial minerals and technology, Stephen followed a long-held dream and established VINIV in 2009 – a company which provides rare access to the inner circle of the Bordeaux winemaker, enabling enthusiasts to make a bespoke barrel of wine under the expert tutelage of the team at Chateau Lynch-Bages. In 2013, Stephen was named Man of the Year in the category of Innovation by France’s leading wine publication, ‘La Revue du Vins de France’, for introducing VINIV’s unique business model in one of wine’s most renowned bastions of tradition — Bordeaux. Stephen is a Franco-American and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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