- 72% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 23% Merlot
- 3% Cabernet Franc
- 2% Petit Verdot
2011 was a curious year with a remarkably warm and dry spring. Consequently, flowering took place early and in fine conditions. July was cool and saw some rain, while August was mixed, cooler than average overall but with some heat spikes and some storms. September was warm and dry enabling the grapes to ripen fully.
Harvest began at Château Lynch-Bages (almost a fortnight earlier than in 2010) on September 12th and ended on September 28th. Equipped with a new de-stemming system and an optical sorter, a complementary reception chain was tried out, receiving exclusively the harvest from plots deemed the most difficult or the most heterogeneous.
After two powerful, sunny vintages, 2011 is outstanding for its display of well ripened fruit, fine, plump tannins, and a good freshness to ensure classic balance.
Thomas Lynch was a descendant of the Tribes of Galway. His father John emigrated in 1691 from Galway, Ireland to Bordeaux, inherited an estate in the village of Bages through his wife, Elizabeth, in 1749. This year represents the foundation of Château Lynch-Bages, which Thomas passed on to his son, Jean-Baptiste, upon his marriage in 1779. Jean-Baptiste soon handed over supervision to his brother Michel who maintained responsibility for the Bages estate until 1824, when the family sold it to a Swiss wine merchant, Sebastien Jurine, who had recently moved to Bordeaux. Château Lynch-Bages remained in the hands of the Jurine family, followed by the Cayrou family, for over a hundred years. In 1934, Jean-Charles Cazes rented the property from its then owner, Felix de Vial, subsequently purchasing it in 1938. After Jean-Charles Cazes' death, aged 95, in 1972, it has been owned by his grandson, Jean-Michel Cazes and is now run by his son, Jean-Charles.
Lynch Bages's vineyards are superbly sited on a plateau west of Pauillac town, in the small village of Bages. The 90 hectares of vineyards lie on deep gravel beds over limestone.
"Sweet, pure damson fruit. Firm, rich, dense. Compact and closed but powder-fine tannins. All in place but not yet showing itself. Really chewy finish. Long and thickly textured. 91/100, Drink 2016 – 2036. Jancis Robinson" - 22-Jan-2015
"The medium-bodied 2011 Lynch Bages possesses a saturated ruby/purple colour as well as beautiful creme de cassis notes, a generous, concentrated, well-made, medium to full-bodied style and supple tannins. A successful effort in 2011, it should be drinkable in 3-4 years and last for 15+. It is a sleeper of the vintage.90/100, Drink 2017-2032. Robert Parker" - April 2014
"Fine density of blackcurrant Cabernet fruit, very good natural richness and very ripe tannins. 17/20, Drink 2016-2030. Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com" - April 2012
"This has a really black colour and an intense nose of sweet ripe cassis, raising, and cigar box. Stylistically it is reminiscent of Mouton Rothschild. Big, grippy, tarry and seriously built. This is classic Lynch Bages. Strapping stuff, really powerful and stacked with some firm tannins. Set to be a long term classic claret. In 2011, Lynch Bages has clearly made one of Pauillac's finest wines that, for us, showed better than Lafite. One of the very best wines of the vintage.17/20, Farr Vintners" - March 2012