2007 Ch Lynch Bages Blanc De Lynch Bages
Bright and fruity, with lime and lemon aromas and flavors. Medium body. Clean finish. Score range: 85-88 –JS
Barrel Tasting, Web Only - 2008
From Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, this wine shows richness, white fruits and some herbaceousness. Currently, there is an earthy edge to the wine, slightly coarse, likely to benefit from two years’ aging. It is definitely for food.
— R.V. (7/1/2009) — 89
Born in 1990, "Blanc de Lynch-Bages" is the fruit of joining the three white varietals of the Bordeaux appellation, planted on some eight parcels of the historical Lynch-Bages terroir.
Adding to with the fresh fruit flavours of Sauvignon Blanc, including cassis buds, grapefruit and exotic fruit, flavours of dried or candied fruit and white flowers of Sémillon and Muscadelle mingle. The fermentation and aging in barrels, used precisely, give the wine fine woody and vanilla notes, which contribute to their aromatic complexity. In the mouth, Blanc de Lynch-Bages marries freshness and vigour to a foundation that is at the same time round, ample and elegant.
Since 2006, a comprehensive selection project in the vineyards has made it possible to strengthen its vitality and promote its fruity and floral notes. The intra-parcel selection at harvest time and the prevention of the oxidation of the berries before pressing contribute to safeguarding the flavours and to the harmonious aging of the wines.
In its youth, Blanc de Lynch-Bages shows itself to be lively and explosive. Sauvignon Blanc, as it comes into full expression, gradually gives way to aromas of dried apricots, candied fruit and nuts, more specific to Sémillon. Throughout its life it maintains an exhilarating freshness and a long finish, typical of the great white wines of Bordeaux.
Ageing: Regular stirring of the lees on French oak barrels
Blend: 45% Sauvignon, 45% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle
Harvesting of the white grapes took place from 10th to 14th September, mainly during the morning due to the high afternoon temperatures (above 30°C). From the beginning to the end of the harvest, we picked ripe and healthy fruit which we then transported in low-capacity crates to avoid damaging the bunches. Part of the harvest was pressed immediately, with another part stored in a cold store in order to undergo a short period of skin contact maceration during the night and pressing the following morning.
The wines showed extreme richness and exceptional consistency.
The Semillon and Sauvignon were both blessed with a nice freshness and were particularly aromatic. Indeed, they reaped the benefits of the cool summer climate as well as ideal harvesting conditions.
Yields were lower than in previous years with almost 44 hectolitres per hectare. Fermentation lasted between 2 and 3 weeks.
50% of the wines were vinified in vats to conserve freshness and 50% in barrels (100% new oak). The lees were regularly stirred during the ageing process to promote richness and density.
Combining tropical and citrus fruit, Blanc de Lynch-Bages 2007 displays a beautiful balance between richness of fruit and minerality.
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