Filed under: Wine
Despite undergoing more name changes than the city of Istanbul over the centuries, Chateau Lynch Bages has found an appellation that now seems ready to stick. It has also produced a fine white wine – one worthy of a Luxist nomination in the best international white wine category.
According to local historical documents, the first mentions of the French region known as "Batges" occurred in the 16th Century. In 1728, the estate that would eventually become Lynch-Bages was purchased by Pierre Drouillard, who bequeathed it to his daughter Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Lynch.
Gallery: Blanc de Lynch-Bages
Known as "Cru de Lynch" for the better part of the 18th Century and a bit of the next, the property was purchased by Geneva wine merchant Sebastien Jurine, who renamed the estate "Jurine Bages." After gaining recognition in the Classification of 1855 – the wine ranking system demanded by Napoleon III – the Cayrou brothers bought the estate and renamed it "Lynch-Bages."
The 20th Century hasn't seen any more nomenclature alterations, but there have been a few oenological changes: in 1990, the Blanc de Lynch-Bages was born. It quickly developed into a preferred choice of connoisseurs, thanks to its unique bouquet. Aged in barrels, Blanc de Lynch-Bages boasts hints of woodiness and vanilla coupled with cassis buds, grapefruit and candied fruit.
Seems that this wine won't be changing its name anytime soon.
Vote for the winemaker that you think is the best of breed. The voting period ends on June 30th, with winners announced on July 1, 2010.