blanc de lynch-bages 2017
Lots of spiced pears and lemon rind with lemon-grass and stone undertones. Gun flint. Full body and dense, creamy texture. Phenolic. Pure with lively acidity. Really lively at the end! A blend of 41% semillon, 40% sauvignon blanc and 19% muscadelle. Drink or hold.
Peach, white ginger, jasmine and quince notes mingle in this juicy, offbeat white. Streaks of honeysuckle and orange blossom show on the finish. Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. Drink now through 2023.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Blanc de Lynch Bages, already bottled, is a blend of 41% Sémillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 19% Muscadelle. It leaps from the glass with exuberant notes of white peaches, pink grapefruit and passion fruit plus hints of dried herbs, cedar and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied, elegantly played and wonderfully refreshing in the mouth, it has a quiet intensity that grows into a vibrant expression on the finish.
Utterly gorgeous freshness and zip, with intensity of flavour. It has a little more Sémillon than usual, due to frost affect the Sauvignon Blanc, which seems to mean the aromatics of the Muscadelle are a little more prominent than a classic Lynch Bages Blanc, adding a white flower honeysuckle lift. It is beautiful and works within the cascade of flavours, although I miss their more classic blend - they probably do too, to be fair. Already bottled. 45% new oak. Harvested 4 September to 8 September.
Warm creamy hints of lime and pastry. Flowers and some very ripe rhubarb aromas. Grassy grapefruit and citrus pip/pith complexity. Deep baked lime and fresh floral complexity. Very good. Needs the oak it is about to get to round out and soften.