5ème Cru Classé
Jean-Michel Cazes
Jean-Charles Cazes
Château Lynch-Bages is a fifth growth of the appellation Pauillac in the Bordeaux region that has been considered since the post World War II period to be, to use the phrase of the famous Cocks & Feret Bordeaux wine guide, "very superior to its classification". Indeed, the Cazes family who has owned the property since the 1930s transformed the quality of the wine, making Lynch-Bages one of the most popular classified growths of Bordeaux for its rich, at times opulent, Pauillac style.

The origins of Lynch-Bages go back to at least the 16th century but the first official records date from 1728, when Pierre Drouillard bought the property of Bages from Bernard Déjean, a Bordeaux merchant. The name Lynch-Bages started being used after the marriage of Pierre's daughter Elizabeth to Irishman Thomas Lynch in 1740. In 1824 the 'Cru de Lynch' was acquired by a Swiss merchant, Sebastian Jurine, whose son was the owner at the time of the 1855 classification. After Jurine's death in 1861 the estate again changed hands, and belonged to General Felix Vial until 1939.
In 1939 Jean-Charles Cazes was able to buy Lynch-Bages, and this change of ownership signalled the start of its renaissance. The modern era began when the dynamic Jean-Michel Cazes took over the management of Lynch-Bages in 1974, bringing in Daniel Llose as winemaker. In 2007 Jean-Michel handed over the running of Lynch-Bages to his son Jean-Charles, while continuing his role of Bordeaux wine ambassador around the world.

Lynch-Bages's 100 hectares of vines are split into two parts, one near the château on the Bages plateau in the southern half of the Pauillac commune, not far from Château Latour and the other near Château Mouton Rothschild. The soils are mainly of gravel and sand, which allow for good drainage.
The vines of Lynch-Bages are planted to 73% of Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% of Merlot, 10% of Cabernet Franc, and 2% of Petit Verdot. A new vineyard was planted in 1988 to the traditional white grapes of Bordeaux and produces the Blanc de Lynch-Bages.
A huge vatroom containing 35 vats of different sizes allows for individual vinification of each plot or uniform batch of grapes.

The great quality of Château Lynch-Bages is its extraordinary homogeneity. A forceful wine of great breed and bouquet, it gains in focus vintage after vintage, combining distinctiveness with the hedonistic style which is its trademark. Made mostly from Cabernet Sauvignon, it combines structure and finesse, elegance and longevity, and is also distinctively opulent. Generous from the start, it develops more flavours and complexity as it matures.

"The soul of the wine grows on the vine."