Widely-popular Pauillac chateau Lynch-Bages may have released its 2010 first wine at above $150 per bottle, but you can still get its second wine, Echo de Lynch-Bages, for under $50.
Now managed by the well-respected Cazes family, Lynch-Bages has a long history.[quote]The name comes from an Irish family, the Lynch family, which immigrated to Bordeaux at the end of the 17th century and which later set up home in the hamlet of Bages. Later Jean-Baptiste Lynch inherited the property through marriage. Mr. Lynch was also an important viticultural pioneer and left an important heritage. – Jean-Charles Cazes[/quote]
Originally classified as a Fifth Growth in 1855, the Lynch-Bages’ wines now sell at Second Growth prices, according to UK-based Liv-Ex’s 2011 Classification.
However, the more affordable Echo has received great ratings from critics like James Suckling (90-91), James Molesworth of Wine Spectator (90-93) and Neal Martin of erobertparker.com (90-92). Previously known as Haut-Bages-Averous, the wine was renamed Echo de Lynch-Bages in 2008. The 2010 vintage is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc.
Both 2010 Lynch-Bages wine futures are available for purchase through Millesima USA.