France: Bordeaux

Northern Médoc

The wines of Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 05 March 2010
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Château Lynch Bages sign and Pauillac church © Peter Harvey

Château Lynch Bages

Address: 33250 Pauillac
Tel: 05 56 73 24 00  Fax: 05 56 59 26 42
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 45:11:8N (45.18569)    Longitude: -0:44:51W (-0.74748) 

If you have time for just one visit in the area, make it here. Jean Michel Cazes handed over the day-to-day running of the estate to his son Jean-Charles in 2007, but you can guarantee the same visionary approach to welcoming visitors will continue. Not only is the château immaculately kept (it’s more modern even from the outside than many others, but that somehow fits with their international outlook), but there are almost often art exhibitions, and there is a permanent collection of traditional wine presses and other winemaking equipment which look especially interesting when set against the modern art that often adorns the surroundings walls walls. The visit includes the traditional vat room (dating from the 19th century), the modern winery and cellars, the art collection and a tasting, and ends up at the village of Bages, newly restored by the family as a ‘Village of Wine and Gastronomy’, with a bistro, wine shop and artisan bakery. Contemporary art exhibition from May to September, this year (2010) on American artist James Brown.

Useful information: Daily by appointment. From 09.30-12.00 and 14.00-17.00. €8 for individuals, €6 for groups from 8 people, with tasting of two wines (Lynch Bages 2001 and the second wine of the estate, Haut Bages Averous – that has been renamed l’Echo de Lynch Bages, but in 2001 it was still bottled under the previous name).


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