2012 Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac

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  • 5th Growth That Always Over-Delivers in Quality and Value
  • "Solid & Powerful" ~94, Wine Enthusiast
  • "Precision to This" ~ James Suckling
  • "Best from 2018-2025" ~ Wine Spectator
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About the Wine

Have you ever seen such unanimity? Some of the world’s most respected wine critics all agree the 2012 Lynch-Bages is a gem of a wine hitting its stride in 2023-2024. One of 18Fifth Growth Grand Cru Classe wineries in Bordeaux, this wine alwayspunches above its weight and over-delivers. Château Lynch Bages consistently outperforms its ranking, and it’sthe highest-profile estate in its classification.

Owned by the Cazes family, this property always seems to be on the up and up. The family purchased the estate in 1939, ensuring this hundreds-of-years-old winery continues its prestigious work. The modern estate has 100 hectares of vines split into two parts, one near the château on the Bages plateau in the southern half of the Pauillac commune,not far from Château Latour, and the other near Château Mouton Rothschild. The soils are mainly gravel and sand, which allow for good drainage.

These soils, plus mastery in the cellar, never fail to createwines of great quality, and consumers clamor for that quality. When we offer futures of Château Lynch-Bages, we sell more of thepowerhouse Poulliac than any other wine offered in futures.Bordeaux lovers and collectors know they can’t go wrong with Lynch-Bages, every single vintage of this wine is spectacular.

This wine is hitting its stride now and has at least another 10+ years on the upside as it develops in bottle. Don't miss it.

Aging: 75% new French oak for 18 months.

Tasting Notes:71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Full-bodied and rich with intense aromas of blackberry, mulberries, chocolate, and the tell-tale lead pencil of Cab Sauv. Big fruits, baking spices, and tobacco on the palate with ripe tannins and a minerally finish.


The wine is very dry, with layered tannins giving a major sense of structure. It will always have this dry, dense character, very firm, solid, and powerful.~94 Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of blackcurrants, blueberries, and lemons follow through to a full body, firm tannins, and a fresh, clean finish. A little tight now but excellent. Precision to this. Back ended. Better in 2018.~92 James Suckling

This has a very solid core of dark plum, crushed black currant, and blackberry fruit, with lightly firm flesh and good drive through the finish, where alder and iron notes fill in. Shows excellent energy and depth, while harnessing the austere edge of the vintage. Best from 2018 through 2025. ~92 Wine Spectator

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