The 2019 Lynch Bages is every bit as magnificent from bottle as it was from barrel, if not moreso. What a wine! Towering and vertical in its bearing, the 2019 is a total stunner. There is plenty of Lynch Bages charm, but what distinguishes the 2019 most is its spine of tannin and energy. Time in the glass brings out sweet cherry, plum, blood orange and pomegranate and mint. The 2019 is a great, great, great Lynch Bages. It reminds me of the epic 1989, but with the youthful grip of this vintage. A towering Pauillac, the 2019 Lynch Bages will make a great addition to any cellar. ~99 Antonio Galloni
A true classic from this estate, the 2019 Lynch-Bages has turned out brilliantly, unwinding in the glass with aromas of cassis and sweet blackberry fruit mingled with licorice, mint, cigar wrapper and loamy soil. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it's a deep, multidimensional wine built around a chassis of rich, powdery tannins and succulent balancing acids. The last vintage produced in Lynch-Bages old winery, it will be interesting to compare this benchmark wine with subsequent vintages over the coming years.
Lynch-Bages' recently unveiled new winery is an imposing construction and will certainly permit precision winemaking, with smaller tanks permitting parcel-by-parcel selection. And given that Lynch-Bages comprehends more or less 250 different parcels, recently the subject of an in-depth soil study, that will be a real advantage. The same studies, incidentally, are informing work in the vineyards, with parcels cultivated differently depending on their properties; and organic trials are underway in holdings near dwellings. Yet the old winery has delivered a compelling swan-song vintage in the form of the 2019 Lynch-Bages, a superb wine that merits comparison with the likes of the 2010 and 2000 in quality (and which is closer to the latter than the former in style). It's a terrific effort from the Cazes family and their technical team. ~96+ WA