In the land of Batges at the gates of Pauillac, Chateau Lynch Bages is a property that has marked the history of the Medoc. While the Bages terroir has been known for its quality since the 16th century, it was only in the 18th that it became famous. With an Irishman by the name of Thomas Lynch at the helm of the estate, Chateau Lynch-Bages was recognized at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. The estate was acquired by the J-M Cazes family right after the Second World War. Chateau Lynch-Bages is today considered one of the most important references of the Pauillac appellation. Le Blanc de Lynch-Bages is the estate’s white wine, produced in the appellation of Bordeaux dry white wines.
The Chateau Lynch-Bages vineyard dedicated to white grape varieties extends over 7 hectares of Garonne gravel in the town of Saint-Sauveur. The vineyard is managed on a plot-by-plot basis with the help of satellite technologies aimed to preserve the vineyard's genetic heritage.
While the winter was marked by heavy rainfall, the mild weather during the spring favored the development of the vines. Despite a few rainy days and a drop in temperatures at the end of April, the vineyard cycle was 3 weeks ahead of schedule. The good climatic conditions of May favored an even flowering. The dry and sunny summer was characterized by great thermal amplitudes, ensuring the optimal ripening of the grapes. In mid-August, some stormy days helped the fruit ripen. The hot, dry conditions that followed allowed for the harvest of small, perfectly concentrated grapes.
Vinification and aging
The manual harvest took place with sorting in the vineyard. The 2020 Blanc de Lynch-Bages is the first vintage vinified in the estate's new facilities. The protection from oxygen allowed the different batches to gain in precision. The clarification of the musts in thermoregulated tanks, adapted to the volume of each batch, was thus faster and optimized. The selection of presses was also more precise. Specific thermal regulations allowed for smoother and perfectly controlled alcoholic fermentations. About 75% of the juices were vinified in individually temperature-controlled barrels. While these conditions offered the yeasts ideal fermentation conditions, they also helped to preserve the freshness of the aromas throughout the process.
The wine is a beautiful pale yellow color, adorned with green reflections.
Particularly expressive, the nose invites the taster to a singular olfactory experience.
Round and generous, the palate seduces with its aromatic complexity, mixing aromas of peach and white fruits with exotic notes.