Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac 2012



Surface: 90 hectares
Terroir (soil): Garonne Gravel
Harvest: Hand-picked and sorted at the vineyard
Ageing: Wooden barrels for 18 months (75% new wood)
Blending: 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

A variable winter and a cool rainy spring, failed to make up the water deficit that had accumulated over several years.

Hot and dry weather ensued with the occasional peaks in temperature from 15 July to 24 September further accentuating the water deficit. These particular climatic conditions brought about local difficulties, prompting disparities in maturity with small berries. Following a similar pattern to the flowering, veraison remained slow.

The soils, consisting as they do of a combination of deep gravels and a sizeable clayey layer, allayed the negative effect of the considerable water deficit. They helped maintain a regular level of sugar even in very dry conditions.

The grapes remained very healthy until the last week of September but rain at the end of the month hastened the start of harvesting on 27 September and through to 18 October.

2012 offers wines in a classic style, balanced and full bodied.

The 2012 Lynch-Bages comes across as bombastic and ripe. Mocha, plums, dark cherry, blackberry, licorice, tar and new oak are all evident in this Lynch Bages. The blend is 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Because of heat stress, yields were unusually low in 2012. Drink 2020-2037. 91+

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