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Michel Lynch 2018 'Prestige' Saint-Émilion

92 Points
Wine Enthusiast
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Mission Codename Lynchpin

BOOM. A just about half-priced Wine Spies exclusive big-name Saint-Émilion… oui merci !

To be crystal clear, this is no Château Lynch-Bages. Add $100+ for even the best deal on that.

Yet it is cut of the same cloth, in many ways. It not only shares the name and the signature winemaking but is also made in the very same painstaking attention to detail, precision, and obsessive viticulture that has given the Cazes family its reputation.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate attests that “it is incredibly exciting how the personality of Lynch-Bages has been gaining focus and depth over the last 10-15 years” and a part of that quiet revolution has been new ventures like the Michel Lynch project, grafting centuries of tradition and knowhow from Pauillac, Left Bank’s crown jewel, onto the roots of Saint-Émilion, Right Bank’s garagiste epicenter.

How about the ace vintage? Antonio Galloni’s Vinous raves that “Saint-Émilion delivers in 2018. If you want to talk about genuine ‘best wines ever made’ or ‘pinnacles of achievement,’ then this is where to come… It is probably here where one finds the best value for money.”

And THAT we found under the cork…

Vivid and vibrant in appearance, with a core of deep crimson, radiating to a broader flame-red rim. The perfume is pure, aromatic, and sleek with alluring cassis, plum, raspberry, and florally with violets. Once sipped, cherry confiture and baking spices follow, with subtly seductive touches of spearmint and savory earth. The long and complex finish is carried by deep veins of licorice, sweet toast, and graphite. An ideal red for a weekday night Bordeaux call, be it for lamb chops or quick kebabs on the grill.

Michel Lynch himself was born in 1754, and he was the Mayor of Pauillac during the French Revolution. Fast forward to the 21st century, and his spirit lives on in this bottle of stunning value. The name says it all, so much ‘prestige’ in every drop.

Back the truck up!

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast “Mainly Merlot with a dash of Cabernet Franc, this wine is still young and packed with vibrant black fruits. Rich tannins partner with fresh acidity and a smoky aftertaste. Drink from mid-2021.”

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Michel Lynch 2018 'Prestige' Saint-Émilion 750ml Wine Label
Michel Lynch 2018 'Prestige' Saint-Émilion 750ml Wine Label
dryness
acidity
tannin
body
fruit
Look

Vivid and vibrant, with a core of deep crimson, radiating to a broader flame-red rim

Smell

Pure, aromatic, and sleek with alluring cassis, plum, raspberry, and florally with violets

Taste

Cherry confiture, baking spices, with subtly seductive touches of spearmint and savory earth

Finish

The long and complex finish is carried by deep veins of licorice, sweet toast, and graphite

Pairing

Ideal for a weekday night Bordeaux call, be it for lamb chops or quick kebabs on the grill

What the Winery Says 2018 'Prestige' Saint-Émilion

Michel Lynch
Michel Lynch
Technical director
Daniel Llose
Oenologist
Anne-Sophie Giambi
Blend
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Vintage
2018
Appellation
St.-Émilion AOC, Libourne
Alcohol
14%
Terroir
Gravel and sand
Average vine age
25 years
Harvest dates
September 25-26 (Merlot), October 10 (Cabernet Franc)
Aging
18 months
Barrels
33% new French oak

About the Winery Michel Lynch

Michel Lynch Winemaker Daniel Llose
Michel Lynch Winemaker Daniel Llose
Michel Lynch 2018 'Prestige' Saint-Émilion 750ml Wine Bottle
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Michel Lynch 2018 'Prestige' Saint-Émilion 750ml Wine Bottle
Offer Expired Jul 01, 2021 at 11:59 pm
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Price Redacted
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Elsewhere