In the land of Bages 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.
Chateau Lynch-Bages produces Pauillac wines from a 110-hectare vineyard that rests on Garonne gravel soils. Satellite technologies are employed for accurate plot division of the vineyard, as a way to preserve the wine heritage of the property. The homogeneous geology of the soil allows for a good supply of water to the vine in an area where the climate is moderate.
Marketed since 1990, Blanc de Lynch-Bages is a Bordeaux dry white wine that stems from a 7-hectare terroir.
The flowering was disrupted by rainy spells and the ripening was slowed down by cool temperatures. The mild weather from the end of August onwards was ideal and helped to refine the ripening process.
Vinification and aging
The manual harvest is accompanied by sorting in the vineyard. The protection from oxygen allows the different batches to gain in precision. The clarification of the musts through the use of thermo-regulated vats, adapted to the volume of each batch, is thus faster and more optimal. The selection of presses is more precise. Specific thermal regulation favors gentler and perfectly controlled alcoholic fermentations. Approximately 75% of the juice is vinified in individually temperature-controlled barrels. The wine is aged on its lees for 6 months in barrels (50% of which are new), with regular stirring of the lees.
Blanc de Lynch-Bages 2021 comprises a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (79%), Semillon (15%) and Muscadelle (6%).