Château Lynch Bages 2008, 5ème Cru Pauillac
Château Lynch Bages
|Producer||Château Lynch Bages|
|Drinking||2018 - 2030+|
About the Producer
Bought by Jean Charles Cazes on the eve of the second world war, at the same time as he purchased Ormes de Pez, Chateau Lynch Bages has had an interesting history. Owned by the Dejean, Drouillard,...Read More
Bought by Jean Charles Cazes on the eve of the second world war, at the same time as he purchased Ormes de Pez, Chateau Lynch Bages has had an interesting history. Owned by the Dejean, Drouillard, Lynch, Cayrou and finally Cazes families since its wine making era began in the early 1700s, the estate has been run by the new generation Sylvie Cazes Regimbeau and Jean Charles Cazes since 2006. The 19th century vat room may have been retained intact as a reminder of times gone by, but the estate is now very forward looking and embraces modern technology. A team of 35 look after the daily management of the vineyard and sustainable, environmentally friendly policies are followed. In January 2010 Jean Michel Cazes received the 'Pionnier de l'Œnotourisme' (Pioneer of Wine Tourism) prize, in recognition of the ongoing work to support the tourist trade and its positive impact on French wine growing regions.
The greatest vineyards have of course proved that they will produce great wine whatever the conditions. In a region as renowned and celebrated for its rich history as Bordeaux, twenty years is a mere blink of the eye. However, the changes over the last two decades have been profound. Vineyards have changed hands, new winemaking techniques have come and gone and of course the worldwide interest in the very greatest wines has gone into overdrive.
Fashions have seen the rise and fall of the garagistes and the influence of the consultant winemaker. However, for all of these human elements, the 1855 classification remains unchanged and, whether it has been the torrid heat of 2003, the gloom of 2007 or the glory of 2005, the greatest vineyards have proved that they produce great wine whatever the conditions.
In the next twenty years, we will undoubtedly see further pressure on supply at the top with prices continuing to stretch credulity. But what of the hundreds of smaller producers, who have struggled so badly in recent times? Theirs is not the good fortune of great terroir and in a fast moving world, it is here that reform is needed most strongly. The EU wine lake has been emptied and the bad practices that it encouraged are happily draining away too. For the consumer, the result must be the guarantee of ever greater quality because whatever the level of classification, if Bordeaux wants to maintain its position as the number one wine region in the world, quality must be at the centre of its plans.