Chateau Lynch Bages 2010 - Pauillac 5eme Grand Cru Classe
At the gates of Pauillac, on one of the most beautiful ridges of the town, overlooking the estuary of the Gironde, the Château Lynch-Bages owes part of its name to the ancient hamlet of Bages and the Lynch family (d Irish ancestry), who watches over the destiny of the area since the eighteenth century. Bought in 1934 by the Cazes family and already very famous, Lynch Bages takes another step with the arrival of Jean-Michel Cazes at the helm in 1974. This then puts all his energy, talent and charisma to serve this area which still raises a notch quality and reputation. But even beyond his wine is Bordeaux and the French vineyard he will tireless ambassador, traveling the world to meet a wide circle of ever more passionate fans. The succession is assured today by his son Jean-Charles which he passed in 2006 the reins of the estate. Hand harvested, careful selection and breeding of 12 to 15 months produces wines of good concentration, marked by the richness of tannins, dominated spicy and minty notes. Over time, they develop a unique aromatic complexity.
|Bottle Size||0.75 L|
|Main grape||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Grapes||73 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 15 % Merlot, 10 % Cabernet Franc, 2 % Petit Verdot|
|When to drink||2020-2040|
2010 is undeniably one of the greatest achievements ever recorded in Bordeaux, particularly for red wines. Coming just after 2009, very beautiful too, 2010 is emerging as a classic vintage. The great wines of the Medoc unveil a perfectly ripe fruit, explosive. The wines show good acidity and an impressive tannic structure, which can predict a very long aging. In fact, for the red, all sliders are at their maximum or almost. There is both an optimum ripeness of the grapes which nevertheless retain a great freshness, which has not always been the case in 2009, for example. Specialists so close as in 2005, another great vintage of the decade, as 2010 will be a vintage of very high guard. For the small disadvantage of this vintage profile is that these wines are quite closed in their youth. We feel a great frame on the palate, but is relatively expressive on the aromatic plan. The opposite of a 2009 that was always kind in his youth, easy to enjoy its fruit. If the grapes were exceptionally healthy, their relatively high alcohol content made for the relatively delicate winemaking fermentations were party to last and it was necessary to extract the material with great skill to avoid excessive extraction at the end of vinification. 2010 is also wonderful for sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac, superior to very good in 2009 as it has the finesse and more wealth. In the opinion of all specialists, it's also a very successful vintage in all areas of these two names, each at his level, of course. A beautiful vintage with a beautiful acidity that balances exceptional richness. Probably already very close to the mythical 2001. The dry whites are not left with much elegance and aromatic freshness.