Château Lynch Bages has the pleasure to announce the (re)birth of Echo de Lynch Bages. This second wine was previously called Château Haut Bages Averous. “Echo” clearly says more.
Before lunch, we did a Cabernet Franc tasting with the journalist and critic for the American magazine the Wine Enthusiast, Mr. Roger Voss. We tasted separate batches of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the valley (gravel and sandy soil) and the plateau (clay). It was obvious that ripe fruit from the great terroirs of the plateau really stand out and came out as the winners.
For the meal, we ate asparagus omelet, roast pork with lentils and soup of strawberries and raspberries. We drank Fleur Cardinale 2004 (20 % Cabernet Franc, 10 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 70% Merlot), just decanted and already delicious. We followed with L’Eglise Clinet 1996 made with a large amount of Cabernet Franc. It showed what the Right Bank can best offer even for this difficult vintage, and Valandraud 1998 (50% Cabernet Franc et 50% Merlot) which was, as Jean-Marc Quarin said “a great bottle” (with a beautiful cork).