Sale! Pauillac 2015 The Third wine from Chateau Lynch Bages and all the Pauillac in the store on Sale!!

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One of Bordeaux’s top critics Hugh Johnson has said, "If one had to single out one commune of Bordeaux to head the list, there would be no argument. It would be Pauillac.". Pauillac includes 3 of the 5 premier cru châteaux of Bordeaux: Latour, Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild. The wines of Pauillac are often considered the quintessence of Bordeaux wines and the longest lived of all.


I have always said the best value in Bordeaux is the 2nd wines of the great Chateau Like Lynch Bages in an outstanding vintage like 2015.  The first wines from these great Chateau tend to peak in 20-30 years but the second wines are always more approachable on release.  The latest thing for great Chateau like Lynch Bages is to introduce a third wine that is even more approachable, made from the young vines on the property and some of the barrels that did not make even the second cut but still a classic example of the appellation and of the Chateau. 


Now since the second wines are over $50 a bottle, the real value in appellations like Pauillac are the third wines in great vintages like 2015 as you can find these for under $50 and drink them even sooner than the second wines.  I was blown away at the quality of the third wine from Lynch Bages in 2015, this Chateau has become one of the hottest names in Bordeaux today and I only have a single bottle of the first wine in the store at the moment- a 3 liter of the 2000 vintage, which I have included on this offering along with all the Pauillac in the store!


The Best Value in Pauillac!


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2015 JM Cazes Pauillac de Lynch Bages Pauillac

Price: $51.00    Sale $39.00    Quantity in Stock: 140


The newest wine from the Cazes family from Pauillac is priced so that more wine drinking people can get a taste of the style of Lynch Bages at a more everyday drinking price and drink the wine much earlier.  This 2015 Pauillac from Chateau Lynch Bages is a blend of the varietals planted on the 100-hectare vineyard of Lynch Bages which is planted to; 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.  The nose here screams Pauillac with lead pencil, cedar and tobacco spice lingering through the currant and plum fruit on the nose.  This wine is smooth and silky on the tongue, a classic entry level Pauillac with a good amount of fruit, earth and spice, this wine will not need decades to mature in the cellar but you can keep it for 3-5 years easily it has lovely balance and a bit of tannins on the finish, it will smooth out a bit over time or you can serve it with the A5 Japanese Waygu NY steak on the menu at the Wine Bar and it should drink perfectly tonight.  Finish 40+  Excellent


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2012 Chateau Echo De Lynch Bages Pauillac

Price: $81.00    Your Price: $71.28     Quantity in Stock: 10

Château Haut-Bages Averous was the name of the former Pauillac estate acquired by André Cazes and was the domaine's second wine from 1976 onwards. It was renamed Echo de Lynch-Bages as of the 2008 vintage in order to affirm its relationship with the Grand Cru Classé.Its name Echo refers to the nymph from Greek mythology who was deprived of speech by Hera as a punishment for distracting her when Zeus wished to consort with beautiful mortals. As such, although Echo de Lynch-Bages is not the first to speak, it shares the first wine's elegance and character.

An echo of the First Wine's character:

Like its big brother, Echo de Lynch-Bages displays the characteristic taste, aromas and length of Pauillac wines. As an echo of the first wine, it receives the same care and attention from the vine to the cellars. It is the result of a selection of Lynch-Bages' youngest vines and specific plots which represent between 25 to 40 % of the harvest depending on the vintage. Echo de Lynch-Bages is round, soft and seductive in its youth with outstanding potential for bottle age.

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2000 Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac 3 Liter

Price: $2000.00    Sale Price: $1500.00          Quantity in Stock: 1

(97 points) Beginning to open magnificently, the still dense purple-colored 2000 reveals a blossoming bouquet of blackberries, cassis, graphite and pen ink. Full-bodied with velvety tannins that have resolved themselves beautifully over the last eleven years, this wine is still an adolescent, but it exhibits admirable purity, texture, mouthfeel and power combined with elegance. One of the all-time great examples of Lynch Bages, the 2000 is just beginning to drink well yet promises to last for another 20-25+ years. (RP) (8/2011)  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


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It has been called "Pauillac's sleeper chateau", for in some years it has been what wine connoisseurs call "a sleeper" – a wine from a lesser estate that rises far above its status and competes with the best of its class.  The status of Chateau Lynch-Bages has been a matter of great controversy in Bordeaux for several decades.  The sixty great estates of the Medoc, Bordeaux's greatest red wine district, were classified into five categories 130 years ago.  It was called the 1855 Grand Cru Classification.  To this day there isn't much dispute about the quality of the five wines in the "Premier Cru."  However, controversy reigns about the relative positions of the other fifty some chateaux in the other four Crus.  The theory was that a wine in the Second Cru category was better than a Third...and so on.  Lynch-Bages was classified a Fifth Cru, but it has been producing wines of Second Cru quality in the last fifty years. (It has even rivaled the First Crus in great years like 1961, 1966, 1970, 1975, 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010 and this 2015 vintage.)


Chateau Lynch-Bages is located in the sleepy town of Pauillac, the little village that also is responsible for the great chateaux of Latour, Lafite, and Mouton.  It takes its name from a former proprietor, an Irishman named Lynch, who was once the mayor of Bordeaux.  In fact it seems the chateau has a tradition of mayor-proprietors.  Andre Cazes, who has now turned over the administration of the chateau to his thirty-year old son, Jean-Michel Cazes, was recently the mayor of Pauillac.  In the 1930's Jean-Michel's grandfather, J.C. Cazes, began building the solid reputation Lynch-Bages now enjoys.  In the middle fifties Alexis Lichine wrote of several tastings conducted by the leading Bordelais merchants and winebrokers in which Lynch-Bages finished first – besting the greatest of the classified estates.  Perhaps the watershed year for Lynch-Bages was 1961 - a year many consider the "vintage of the century" in Bordeaux.  In that year the chateau produced one of the greatest wines of the vintage.  During the sixties and the seventies Lynch-Bages commanded a price equivalent to the best of the second Cru and prompted Alexis Lichine to write in his monumental Encyclopedia of Wines and Spirits: "That this fine vineyard is still classed a Fifth Growth indicates the obsolescence of the 1855 Classification."  In a tasting of 21 Bordeaux from the very good 1979 vintage conducted by The Wine Spectator in December of 1983, Lynch-Bages finished third ahead of many highly regarded second growths.  Jean-Michel Cazes has said that the most frequent (and annoying) question asked of him by Americans is why his wine - classified a Fifth – commands the price of a Second.  To connoisseurs the answer is obvious.


In 1977 the entire winery of the chateau was refurbished with modern vinification equipment.  Lynch-Bages is a fairly large estate with some 200 acres under vines and an average production of some 30,000 cases.  The usual cepage (selection of grapes) is about 75% Cabernet; 15% Merlot; and 10% Cabernet Franc.  This seems to produce a meaty, fleshy, robust wine characteristic of a good Pauillac.  Similarities have been drawn to Mouton - perhaps only the finesse of Mouton is missing.  Lynch-Bages also seems to mature earlier - not being vinified with such monster, harsh tannins which other classic Pauillacs like Mouton and Latour often exhibit in youth.


Chateau Lynch-Bages also makes a tiny amount of white wine, it is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadet.  This stunning wine is in such short supply you will rarely see it in the market. 


The newest wine from Lynch Bages is simply entitled Pauillac and you could consider this to be a third wine or just another wine entirely.  Aside from the classified growths of 1855, there are only 6 Cru Bourgeois classified chateau from the Pauillac appellation with Chateau Pibran at the head of the pack. With only 6 chateaux classified as Cru Bourgeois, Pauillac has the least amount of Cru Bourgeois estates of any other major Bordeaux appellation that is why this wine has emereged from the Cazes family to give you a taste of the Pauillac appellation at a reasonable price.


The 2015 vintage for Bordeaux has been regarded as the first outstanding vintage since 2010 from Bordeaux.  Here is what Decanter Magazine had to say about the vintage.  “Decanter consultant editor Steven Spurrier said this week that he saw 2015 as a very modern Bordeaux vintage. ‘It’s not like Bordeaux 10 years ago, when tannins could be hard as nails. In 2015, the fruit dominates the tannins and the acidity.’


At Château Haut-Bailly, Veronique Sanders noted that in Pessac-Léognan the vintage progressed in distinct phases. ‘To the end of July, it was like 2005. Then it became more like 2009 and finally closer to 2010. However, in the final analysis, it ended up like no other vintage. To me it is utterly unique.’


Comte Stephan von Neipperg, of La Mondotte and Canon La Gaffelière, felt that it has more fresh fruit than 2009 and not as much power and structure as 2010. ‘But you really have to come back in 10 years’ time to know for sure how good it will turn out to be.’


This was also the view of Sophie Schyler of Château Kirwan in Margaux. ‘For us, it was between 2009 and 2010 in terms of style. It is not as concentrated as 09 and not as austere as 10. Ultimately, we will have to wait and see because the wines are a long way from being the finished article.’


Having tasted wine on both sides of the Gironde, Château Lafite-Rothschild’s Eric Kohler asserts that the vintage has come in two different styles. ‘In St-Emilion, the wines are often big and extrovert. On the left bank, they are more classically elegant.’ Needless to say, Lafite is the epitome of elegance in 2015.


In St-Emilion itself, Otto Rettenmaier of Château La Tour Figeac sees a common thread between 2005, 2010 and 2015. ‘And whilst there are similarities, there are also differences too. 2005 is massive, 2010 is muscular and I’d categorise our 2015 as more elegant and accessible than both 2005 and 2015.’


Hubert de Bouard believes that the Château Angelus 2015 is the result of perfect vintage conditions. He also describes it as having ‘the tannins of 2001, the aromatic finesse of 1998 and the fruit of 2005. It is a true classic Bordeaux vintage with charm and purity of fruit.’


Latour’s Frederic Engerer perceives similarities with 2005 and 1982. ‘Our 15 has a touch of the 82’s creamy caress,’ he notes. ‘But I also think it is better than 2005. The 15 Latour has even more elegance and precision. 2005 might have been an easier vintage to make than 2015. But this is a better vintage.’


And what about the dry and sweet whites? ‘If we are to draw comparisons for the dry whites, I am thinking of 2010 and also 2007 for its forward character, elegance and freshness – but with much greater depth in 2015 as a result of the very ripe grapes,’ says Jean-Jacques Dubourdieu of Denis Dubourdieu Wines.


‘For the sweet wines, I am reminded of 2011 where the harvest also finished early. The wines also have the freshness of the 2010 vintage, which I really like.’- Decanter


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Pauillac – The powerhouse Appellation of Bordeaux


All the Pauillac in the store:


1966 Chateau Batailley Pauillac Magnum

Price: $295.00    Sale Price: $250.00 Quantity in Stock: 1


1996 Chateau Clerc Milon Pauillac

Price: $129.00    Your Price: $113.52            Quantity in Stock: 3


2005 Chateau D'Armailhac Pauillac

Price: $99.00    Your Price: $87.12    Quantity in Stock: 1


2001 Chateau Gaudin Pauillac

Price: $45.00    Your Price: $39.60    Quantity in Stock: 2


2000 Reserve De La Comtesse Pauillac

Price: $99.75    Your Price: $87.78    Quantity in Stock: 4


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2001 Chateau Latour Pauillac

Price: $795.00    Sale Price: $650.00 Quantity in Stock: 1


2000 Chateau Latour Pauillac

Price: $1500.00    Sale Price: $1229.00         Quantity in Stock: 1


1995 Chateau Latour Pauillac

Price: $795.00    Sale Price: $695.00 Quantity in Stock: 1


1990 Chateau Latour Pauillac

Price: $1150.00    Sale Price: $995.00           Quantity in Stock: 2


1982 Chateau Latour Pauillac

Price: $2998.00    Sale Price: $2500.00         Quantity in Stock: 1


1970 Chateau Latour Pauillac

Price: $995.00    Sale Price: $700.00 Quantity in Stock: 1


1967 Chateau Latour Pauillac

Price: $595.00    Your Price: $523.60            Quantity in Stock: 1


1966 Chateau Latour Pauillac (Mid Shoulder)

Price: $620.00    Sale Price: $525.00 Quantity in Stock: 3



1966 Chateau Latour Pauillac (High shoulder)


Price: $999.75    Your Price: $879.78            Quantity in Stock: 2


1961 Chateau Latour Pauillac

Price: $4950.00    Sale Price: $4250.00         Quantity in Stock: 1


1959 Chateau Latour Pauillac (high shoulder)

Price: $4500.00    Your Price: $3960.00        Quantity in Stock: 3


1937 Chateau Latour Pauillac

Price: $1495.00    Your Price: $1315.60        Quantity in Stock: 3


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2008 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1025.00    Your Price: $902.00          Quantity in Stock: 1


2003 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1500.00    Sale Price: $1025.00         Quantity in Stock: 1


1998 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Magnum

Price: $1950.00    Your Price: $1716.00        Quantity in Stock: 1


1997 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $895.00    Your Price: $787.60            Quantity in Stock: 1


1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1400.00    Sale Price: $1150.00         Quantity in Stock: 5


1996 Carruades de Lafite Pauillac

Price: $495.00    Your Price: $435.60            Quantity in Stock: 1


1990 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1500.00    Sale Price: $995.00           Quantity in Stock: 2


1988 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1150.00    Your Price: $1012.00        Quantity in Stock: 4


1986 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1250.00    Your Price: $1100.00        Quantity in Stock: 1


1985 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1450.00    Sale Price: $995.00           Quantity in Stock: 2


1971 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac (torn label)

Price: $595.00    Sale Price: $505.75 Quantity in Stock: 4


1970 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac (torn label)

Price: $695.00    Sale Price: $590.75 Quantity in Stock: 9


1961 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac (Very Top shoulder)

Price: $2500.00    Sale Price: $2100.00         Quantity in Stock: 1


1961 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac (Top shoulder)

Price: $1895.00    Your Price: $1667.60        Quantity in Stock: 1


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1937 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Mid Shoulder

Price: $2363.00    Your Price: $2079.44        Quantity in Stock: 1


1972 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac (mid shoulder)

Price: $999.00    Sale Price: $850.00 Quantity in Stock: 10


1974 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac (high neck)(damaged, faded label)

Price: $700.00    Sale Price: $550.00 Quantity in Stock: 1


1982 Chateau Mouton Rothchild Pauillac

Price: $1850.00    Sale Price: $1475.00         Quantity in Stock: 9


1986 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1120.00    Your Price: $985.60          Quantity in Stock: 10


1993 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Magnum

Price: $1705.00    Sale Price: $1450.00         Quantity in Stock: 1


2000 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $2750.00    Your Price: $2420.00        Quantity in Stock: 1


2009 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1650.00    Your Price: $1452.00        Quantity in Stock: 1


2015 Chateau Reserve de la Comtesse Pauillac

Price: $75.00    Your Price: $66.00    Quantity in Stock: 9


2010 Château Pichon Longueville Reserve De La Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac

Price: $85.50    Your Price: $75.24    Quantity in Stock: 1


2010 Chateau Pedesclaux Pauillac Magnum

Price: $135.25    Your Price: $119.02            Quantity in Stock: 3


1937 Chateau Pichon Baron Pauillac

Price: $799.00    Your Price: $703.12            Quantity in Stock: 1


2009 Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac

Price: $395.00    Your Price: $347.60            Quantity in Stock: 1


1979 Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac

Price: $125.00    Sale Price: $100.00 Quantity in Stock: 3


2014 Prelude a Grand Puy Ducasse Pauillac

Price: $42.00    Your Price: $36.96    Quantity in Stock: 25


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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