If you know me at all you will know that Lynch Bages is on my top three wines of all time. I have drunk several vintages and many bottles over the past 25 years of this stunning Bordeaux wine. When we decided to visit the region, they were the first winery I contacted for a tour. I must admit the grey overcast and rainy days of February might not be the most picturesque time of the year to visit but there were no crowds and we were greeted by our excellent host at the newly built, ultra modern gravity flow winery. Lots of glass in the main building allows for ample light and the beautifully appointed offices included a whimsical set of bathrooms replete with some funny cartoons.
Our tour began with in the ‘fermentation room’. Stainless steel fermenting tanks that are gravity fed by a system of elevators and controlled by computer, very impressive set up.
Next up was a museum of sorts- the old wooden vats and the railroad system they used to employ to fill the barrels with must and also to press the wine. Some interesting artifacts indeed!
Barrels of wine resting up prior to bottling, smoothing out and picking up secondary notes over time.
Remnants of grape and olive presses are on display outside the vault that holds their library of vintages.
And finally- the moment we had waited for. The tasting room greeted us with three offerings- the ’15 Ormes de Pez, ’16 Echo (their second wine) and the ’14 Grand Vin. All drank beautifully and showed the power off this winery as well as its finesse. Stunning wines to drink made ever more special by the surroundings.
Our tour ended with a visit to their local village where we shopped for wine, drank coffee and thoroughly enjoyed reveling in the moment. What a special place. Salut….