Chateau Lynch Bages, Echo de Lynch Bages Pauillac 2008
was previously known as Chateau Haut-Bages Averous. A change of name (Echo was suggested by Jean-Michel Cazes) has brought new vigour to this wine which was seriously impressive with a kick of sweet cassis fruit beautifully cloaking the grippy but extremely ripe tannins. The name may sound delicate but this is a wine whose power will echo over the next decade at least.
It is the result of a selection of Lynch-Bages’ youngest vines and represents between 25 to 40 % of the harvest depending on the vintage. Its name Echo refers to the nymph from Greek mythology who was deprived of speech by Hera as a punishment for distracting her when Zeus wished to consort with beautiful mortals. As such, although Echo de Lynch Bages Pauillac 2008 is not the first to speak, it shares the first wine’s elegance and character.