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2018 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 6-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1419439 97-98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is incredibly powerful and structured with so much tannin backbone and length, yet it’s cool and fresh with a compact palate and great length. Muscular. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Cassis, graphite, blackberries, scorched earth, and graphite notes all emerge from the 2018 Château Lynch-Bages, which is a rich, blockbuster style beauty up with the finest vintages to date from this historic estate, which by the way, is just about complete with a massive new cellar construction project. Checking in as a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, brought up in 75% new French oak, it's incredibly concentrated, opulent, and sexy on the palate, with building underlying structure, a stacked mid-palate, and a great finish. It reminds me of the 2009 with its fleshy, powerful style. The IPT, or amount of tannins, is a through the roof 95 and it hit 14.1% alcohol with a pH of 3.66. It’s going to live for just about forever. 96-98+ Inner quote mark (5/2019)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Lynch Bages is made up of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot aging in 75% new barriques. Very deep purple-black in color, the nose is quite coy and restrained to begin, fanning out to offer pure, ripe blackcurrants, black cherries and preserved plums with wafts of red roses, cigar box, incense, cardamom and fenugreek with savory touches of black olives, Marmite toast and smoked meats. Full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house, with a solid foundation of very firm, very ripe, grainy tannins and superb freshness supporting the generous black fruit layers, finishing long with provocative ferrous suggestions. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is hugely impressive right from the off - strap on your walking boots, get your crampons at the ready, there is a wall to climb - not one that you ever hit by the way, because contrary to expectations this unfurls slowly, keeping the peak just out of sight. It’s great quality and one of my favourites from this property because it’s full of power but with a caress, so much tannic power too and yet so light of foot. It’s filled with absolutely delicious black chocolate, rosemary, cardamom and pepper but also lets the light in thanks for a fresh core running through. Having tasted it a few times it’s clear it’s going to age extremely well. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Vibrant, with a violet and cassis lead-in that then expands to include steeped black cherry and plum fruit as well as extra savory, iron and licorice root notes. Nice latent grip too, with a mouthwatering tug of earth at the very end. The fruit is so vibrant, it's a tease now, but there's structure here for the long haul, so be patient. (JM) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This vintage shows the elegant side of a typically powerful wine. It offers dense black fruits that are balanced by the stylish wood aging and bold tannins. This impressive wine is likely to age well. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93-96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Lynch-Bages is a potent, racy wine endowed with real textural depth and intensity. Even so, it retains terrific nuance and vibrancy. All the classic Lynch-Bages signatures are present, but amped up, with huge tannins and equally huge fruit. The 2018 is going to need at least a few years to shed some of its baby fat. Today, it is decidedly rich and unctuous in style. Rose petal, lavender, mint and sweet spice add striking layers of aromatic nuance. The blend is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions. 93-95 points from Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2018 Lynch-Bages was picked from September 19, the Cabernet starting six days later and continuing until October 9, and matured for 18 months in 75% new oak. It has a charming, pure bouquet of black cherries, blueberry, violet and iris petals, almost Margaux-like in style. The medium-bodied palate is quite dense and grippy, offering slightly grainy tannins, moderate acidity and a powerful, saline finish. It is a little monolithic when compared to, say, the outstanding 2016, although I appreciate its length and it should age well in bottle. It just needs to muster a bit more charm, and maybe that will appear once in bottle. I will remain prudent with my score for now." (11/2019)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2021 | Send Email
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Closed-up at first, but opens up with some airing. Some mint and menthol on the nose. Big wine with tons of acid, fruit, and tannin on the palate. Pencil shavings and minerals on the palate. Full-bodied wine that will need some cellaring. This is a big boy for sure.
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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2021 | Send Email
Continued excellence from the Cazes family! Dark cherries, blackberries, minerally graphite, cedar and licorice on the nose, with a rich velvety texture on the palate, held up structurally by powerful tannins and balancing acidity. No doubt this will go down a great vintage for Lynch Bages.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2021 | Send Email
The aromatics of this great Lynch Bages have everything one dreams about in a Pauillac; the classic lead pencil minerality, the clean, perfectly ripe (not overripe!) cassis fruit, the powerfully built tannic structure and the refreshing acidity. A masterful wine with a finish that won't quit, this is a fantastic bottle for the long term in the cellar.
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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2021 | Send Email
As always, Lynch-Bages never fails to please! After some time open in the bottle, black fruits and and cherry liqueur scents waft out of the glass, with scents of roasted coffee beans. On the palate, grippy tannins with toasted oak, dried black cherries, blackberry, spices, and anise. Very long, tannic finish. This one will end up being a keeper, but, what Lynch-Bages never is? A wonderful effort that will be a highlight for any collector. Don't miss out on this one!

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2019 | Send Email
Dark inky color, aromatic nose, lots of graphite and mineral hints. Bit shut down. A big, masculine Lynches Bages. One for the cellar! 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot

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