Terroir

Lynch-Bages in the Pauillac appellation

In the heart of the Médoc on the banks of the estuary, Pauillac (Gironde, France) has been the true birthplace of Grand Cru Classé wines since 1855. The Lynch-Bages vineyards are planted across 100 hectares in the region.

Its enjoys a mild climate, homogeneous geology and a topography of well-defined outcrops in the South and South-West of the town. These factors all contribute to bringing Lynch-Bages' soils their warmth and excellent natural drainage towards the river which ensures optimum water supply to the vines.

Elegant Cabernet Sauvignon has found its kingdom

Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, Merlot in some parcels on the banks of the river and in the South of the Chenal du Gaët, or Cabernet Franc. An analysis of Lynch-Bages' soils has allowed us to define an optimal planting ratio. The average age for vines is 30 years with some being as old as 60.

The Pauillac appellation's reputation for quality

With three out of four of the Médoc's Premier Grand Cru Classé wines, the Pauillac appellation's reputation is only at times matched by its famous châteaux. Pauillac wines are rich, dense, deep and develop highly refined flavours and aromas over time. They reveal a broad aromatic palate and finely textured tannins.

''If we had to classify the Bordeaux communes, Pauillac would certainly come out on top. Pauillac wines combine soft, fresh fruit with oak, dryness, subtlety and structure, a hint of cedar and tobacco and an inkling of smoothness underpinned by strength. Wine lovers consider them to be the perfect example of their ideal wine.''
Hugh Johnson - World Atlas of Wine

Classification and the Paris World Fair

In 1855, Napoléon III asked the brokers and merchants affiliated with the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce to establish a classification that would be presented at the Exposition Universelle de Paris (World Fair). Ever since, this reference list represents a hierarchy of wine domaines as well as a hommage to the region's history and a commercial benchmark. The legendary ''Grand Cru Classé en 1855'' is the only one of its kind in the world.