Château Lynch-Bages is one of eighteen Cinquièmes Crus (Fifth Growths) in the famous 1855 Classification. It is located in Pauillac on Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Like neighbour Pontet-Canet, today is punches way above its status, and scores more like a Second Growth.
Thomas Lynch was an Irishman who emigrated to Bordeaux in 1691 and inherited the estate we now know as Lynch-Bages in 1741. The property was eventually purchased by Jean-Charles Cazes on the eve of the outbreak of World War Two. A believer in late harvests, he made the wine riper and more powerful. The 90 hectares (220 acres) of Château Lynch-Bages are located just outside the town of Pauillac. The vineyard occupies a gravel ridge looking down over the Gironde estuary. The well-drained soil consists mainly of deep gravel beds over a limestone sub-strata, and it is planted 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.