89 Points Robert Parker
A dense ruby/purple hue is accompanied by reticent, restrained aromatics suggesting earth, herbs and subtle fruit. The wine hits the palate with a brutal, tannic overlay, but behind that are impressive levels of black and red fruits. As is the case with many 1995s, the wine’s structural components still dominate, which makes one wonder if these cuvees will ever shed enough tannin to be charming and enjoyable to drink. Certainly depth, weight and richness are all present, but the tannins remain elevated and somewhat foreboding.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. August, 2011
The classification of Chateau Lynch-Bages as 5th growth is a reflection of the outdated 1855 classification system. Chateau Lynch-Bages wines compare well with or exceed the quality of 2nd or even some 1st growth classifications.
Under the direction of Jean-Michel Cazes and with financial backing from the AXA insurance group, Chateau Lynch-Bages has some 90 hectares under vine on the Bages plateau near the village of Bages itself, just southwest of Pauillac. Planted with predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon (73%), the other grape varieties are: Merlot (15%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (2%). The average age of the vines is about 35 years.
Chateau Lynch-Bages is the grand vin, of which there are typically 25000 cases per year. The malolactic fermentation takes place mainly in large stainless steel tanks, and the wine then spends about 15 months in oak barrels (of which some 50-60% are new) before bottling.