The estate’s reputation as a top-quality wine producer took off in 1945 after a series of exceptional vintages. Since then, Lynch-Bages has continued to produce excellent wines, even during years considered difficult in the Bordeaux region. The wine’s distinctive character has earned it a place amongst Pauillac’s greatest. It combines structure, finesse and elegance, offering generous aromas in its youth and developing deeper complexities with bottle age. The wine’s deep colour and tannic backbone have become part of its signature style. Vintage after vintage, the estate’s precise and excellent winemaking techniques have served to firmly establish Lynch-Bages reputation for consistent quality.
The structuring of the vineyards has undergone remarkable improvements since 2006 with the use of satellite technology combined with surveys on soil quality. This improved attention ensures the preservation of Lynch-Bages’ genetic winemaking heritage and has allowed us to establish a precise mapping and re-structuring of vine parcels in order to preserve, enhance and develop the specific nature of each terroir.
The fully mature 2001 exhibits aromas of tapenade, bay leaf, licorice, red and black currants, damp earth and new saddle leather. Medium-bodied and atypically elegant and charming for a Lynch Bages with soft, fully resolved tannin and a moderately long finish, it is much lighter than a great vintage such as 2000. [88 Points, Robert Parker Jr. – August 2011, robertparker.com]